BSc (Hons) Songwriting and Music Production

About the course

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.

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 will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

Member of the UK Music Academic Partnership (MAP)

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.

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.