Music Production BA (Hons)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Music Production BA (Hons)
Code W374
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 6
Course type Full Time

Overview

Our BA (Hons) Music Production course aims to equip the modern musician with the tools for success in professional recording and production. Our state-of-the-art facilities, including our four industry-standard Pro Tools HD recording studios will prepare any promising recording engineer or producer for a career in music production.

Our professional equipped studios are based around the latest Apple Mac computers, Mackie and Genelec monitoring and Avid Control 24 control surfaces. Students will be able to use our Focusrite preamps and studio-quality instruments such as TAMA and Sonor drums kits, Marshall, Orange and Blackstar amplification to capture that that perfect sound. To compliment our recording studio hardware, we have a comprehensive range of microphones including Shure, AKG, Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, to name a few.

Each of our recordings studios include separate control and live rooms of various sizes to accommodate any style of music. Our specialist technician team, consisting of Pro Tools and Live Sound experts, will be on hand to guide you to create that masterpiece, not to mention our highly qualified academic team that consists of active musicians who continually produce work, write and record. Our academic team are on hand to help you every step of the way with one-to-one tutorials and a sensible and relaxed attitude to studio time and lecturer access.

Further information, including the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme, is available on the website - https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-courses/?fwp_search_he_course=Music

Applications are via UCAS  - https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/ca4aca36-c214-4dfb-b20a-19acefd2ceec?academicYearId=2021


Details

The programme has been carefully constructed to provide students with a clear pathway from skills acquisition, through to application and development, finishing with a 'springboard to industry' in the final year.

Year One focuses on the development of key skills required of a modern musician including:

Sound Production – developing skills using our latest Pro Tools HD systems to record clients and own material.

Electronic Music Composition and Song Writing – using our Logic Pro X lab with Focusrite A/D converters to programme and sequence original material.

Live Sound – delve into the field of mixing live with our 2000 watt fully-active DB live rig and Allen and Heath mixing desk.

Music Theory and Listening Skills – develop an understanding of the building blocks of music with our theory module that starts from the very beginning.

Production 1 - further explore as part of your specialism advanced recording techniques using Pro Tools software.

Popular Music Studies – a detailed look into the creative influences of the past. 

Year Two applies knowledge gained in Year One by developing and applying skills in:

Production Portfolio – developing professional-quality skills in our industry-standard studios;

Composition for TV and Film – using our Logic Pro X software and lab to compose underscores for film and TV.

Radio Production – a look into creating music and production work for segues, news, weather and interviews for radio.

Music Theory and Composition Studies and Popular Music Studies – further look into our past and how we can compose for the future.

Honours Stage allows learners to tailor their study programme to fit their career path/specialism. Focus will be on:

Final Major Project – our negotiated project, focusing on top-class recording techniques.

Creative Collaboration – working with practitioners from another art form to create stimulating and challenging work.  

Dissertation – chance to research in depth in a topic of your choice.

Music Business and Digital Promotion – to prepare students for a life of a producer/engineer.

How will it be delivered?

The course will include a mixture of lectures/seminars on studio and creative techniques, followed by workshop and studio time in our industry-standard Pro Tools HD studios.  During their time here at the University Centre Grimsby, students can have the opportunity to further develop professionally recognised production qualifications by studying for the Avid Pro Tools 101 course with our in-house Avid Instructor.

Our Music Production students will be expected to become active engineers and producers from the very start of the course, contributing to the music scene by taking part in real-world experience by managing our White Box record label.

We believe that demonstrating practical skills is the best way to develop an understanding of production and studio work. Therefore, our programme is weighted in favour of developing and evidencing practical work (recordings, compositions etc.), supplemented by written elements including research into previous practitioners and evaluative comments on practical progress. During all modules, students are encouraged to showcase work-in-progress to ensure that everyone is on the path to success.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points -  This equates to Merit Merit Pass or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Students are also required to hold English & Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above.

We understand that many active musicians and producers have a wealth of industry experience with no traditional entry qualifications. Therefore, to reflect this, applicants with no traditional entry qualifications are welcome and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be asked to complete a short written essay on a musical influence and attend an informal interview to showcase production and/or performance skills.

Your next steps...

Postgraduate study, teacher training, employment as a performing musician, working in the recording and production industry, multimedia, radio and television, music promotion and management.