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Building on our successful composition and technology courses, this degree focuses on the technical and creative aspects of being a successful songwriter. You’ll explore a range of songwriting techniques, composing and recording songs and building up your studio skills to a professional standard. With access to instruments, electronic equipment, cutting-edge software and venues to perform live, you’ll develop your own musical language and explore how your means of self-expression connect with your cultural surroundings.You’ll also study the business aspects of commercial music making, pursue work experience and build the skills and experience to become a creative and entrepreneurial musician.

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Why choose this course?

  • The Songwriting and Music Production degree is a unique and distinctive degree award in the UK.
  • You are fascinated by the potential of technology in the creative process
  • You wish to understand and explore current trends in songwriting
  • You wish to be taught by current practitioners and exponents in the art of writing songs within the commercial sector
  • You wish to be part of a department within a school that includes film making, animation and the creative arts
  • You will have the opportunity to explore your creative interests and ideas through a series of songwriting projects and to have your songs performed in our £38 million state-of-the-art performance venue, the Forum Hertfordshire.
  • Gain a BSc – because we genuinely explore the art and science of music composition
  • We have a strong, ongoing record of student satisfaction over several years since the launch of the national student survey.
  • The University of Hertfordshire has consistently been towards the top of various league tables reflecting student satisfaction.
  • We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the 29 million pound Forum where our students perform every month, and state-of-the art music studios and film and TV facilities. 
  • 2015 sees a massive upgrade to our studios within the Film, Music and Media building.
  • Our music industry advisory panel is second to none in the UK and includes key figures in the music industry such as Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager), Mike Smith (MD Columbia Records) and Korda Marshall (who signed Take That, James Blunt etc.)

What job can I get?

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as composers and performers and work for organisations such as the BBC and PRS. Composing for television, sound design, creating sound for computer games and sound engineering and are all roles our alumni have taken part in. Owing to the balance of technological and creative aspects of our courses, students’ have been in constant demand for teaching positions.  Many have continued their studies for Master's and PhD degrees.

Key staff

Amanda Paley-Menzies
Programme Leader for Composition

Tim Blinko
Professor of Music
Find out more about Tim Blinko

Professional Accreditations

Member of the UK Music Academic Partnership (MAP)

Course details

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as composers and performers and work for organisations such as the BBC and PRS. Composing for television, sound design, creating sound for computer games and sound engineering and are all roles our alumni have taken part in. Owing to the balance of technological and creative aspects of our courses, students’ have been in constant demand for teaching positions.  Many have continued their studies for Master's and PhD degrees.

Teaching methods

You will receive interactive lectures, seminars and tutorials, with much practical and studio-based teaching. You will have opportunities to collaborate with film makers and digital animators, and to benefit from the input of movers and shakers in the music industry visiting our University on a regular basis.

Course content 

The Songwriting and Music Production degree builds on the University of Hertfordshire Music's highly successful Composition and Technology programmes. The BSc (Hons) in Songwriting and Music Production focuses on the technical and creative aspects of developing a career as a songwriter.

The course will explore a wide range of songwriting techniques through a variety of projects where students compose and record songs, gain essential studio practice and produce work to a professional standard.  Students will be able to utilise acoustic instruments, electronic equipment and cutting edge software such as Ableton Live.  You will develop your own language and idiom and explore how your means of self-expression inputs with your cultural surroundings.

There will be many opportunities for song performance in a variety of venues around the University, such as the Art and Design Gallery and the Forum Attic.  Open Days, music industry events, student ‘Jam Jar’ gigs        and other festival events allow students to showcase their work in public.  In addition, students will be able to develop working relationships with other disciplines within the Creative Arts faculty as well as work with professional dancers on a collaborative project. 

With the input of industry professionals, you will investigate techniques as used by some of the world's most successful songwriters. You will study the business aspects of popular music culture and how this works within the music industry.

Most of all, you will be an entrepreneurial musician - someone who has talent as a songwriter and has the ability to get their music out there.

Work Placement

Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience.

All Songwriting and Music Production students spend a week working in a local school, writing, rehearsing and performing a new music theatre work with over one-hundred children.  For many, these provide the stimuli for an exciting teaching career.

Study Abroad

The University of Hertfordshire is a truly international institution.  This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme offering a once in a life time opportunity to live in a new country and experience new cultures.  We have students studying in institutions as diverse as Long Beach, California; Concordia, Canada; and Pecs, Hungary.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Techniques and Technology 1 - 30 Credits
  • Learning Skills - 30 Credits
  • Perspectives of Music 1 - 30 Credits
  • Songwriting and Performance 1 - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Techniques and Technology 2 - 30 Credits
  • Studies and Investigations 2 - 30 Credits
  • Perspectives of Music 2 - 30 Credits
  • Songwriting and Performance 2 - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Experience 30: Music - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Perspectives of Music 3 - 30 Credits
  • Project (Songwriting) - 30 Credits
  • Techniques and Technology 3 (Version 2) - 30 Credits
  • Studies and Investigations 3 (Version 2) - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019/20 Academic Year 

  • 72-168 UCAS points
  • Formal or informal qualification or experience in music. Music qualification at GCSE or higher is preferred.
  • Maths and English Language GCSE Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above if taken prior to 2015).
  • IB - 72-168 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • Find out more about international application requirements

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)