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FdA Music Production

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
West Suffolk College
Institution code: 

Two years full-time.

Three years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2016 Entry: 200 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).

2017 Entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), BB (A-Level), DM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College is an approved AVID Sponsored School. A unique feature of this course is the opportunity to achieve accredited Pro Tools training (101 and 110 qualifications) alongside the degree. The affiliations with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir, The Prometheus Orchestra and The Suffolk Sinfonia gives students the opportunity to have hands-on experience of recording live orchestral/choir performances. By the end of their studies, students should be familiar with the workflow and demands of the creative industries, and should have gained the confidence and competence to make a professional contribution to it. The Progression Route focuses on audio post-production, scoring with Sibelius and audio restoration. Professional Business Skills enhances development of project management and self-employment for the professional music sector. A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the degree.  


Suffolk Sinfonia Orchestra recorded live at The Apex
by FdA Music Production students


This course is accredited by

James Joint Audio Media Education Support

The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College operates a busy commercial studio with paying clients from across East Anglia and beyond. Students are expected to derive much of their required work placement experience by operating, under supervision, full studio and recording sessions for visiting bands, musical ensembles, orchestras and other clients. Composition opportunities will also be available for those interested in scoring for film, and computer games. These degrees enhance a current or potential career in music composing, publishing, location recording, live sound and studio recording. Skills learned would be equally useful in the film, radio and television broadcast industries. Related opportunities could include music for web, music for games design, musical software production, sample libraries and manufacturing.

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BA (Hons) Music Production mastering session with Tim Young
at Metropolis Studios

When David Housden graduated from the University of Suffolk with a degree in music production in the summer of 2011, he gave himself 12 months to make it . Little did he know that during the following 18 months he would become a successful  freelance computer games composer, that Jonathan Ross would hand-pick him to record the soundtrack to a video game and that he would be nominated for a BAFTA. When I graduated I said to myself I would give myself a year working part-time and composing in my spare time, said 26-year-old David, of Colchester Road, Ipswich. I would have looked into teaching or some other proper career in music if I didn t make it. But as it turns out, I m getting paid every day to write songs in my bedroom. It is the dream. University is a gamble but it paid off for me. FdA Year Two Student - Dale Bennett Dale's album (which was part of his Major Client Project module) has been mastered at leading studio Metropolis by engineer Andy Baldwin (Blur, The Who, KT Tunstall amongst others).  Dales music has been picked up by BBC Introducing, the album Make my Own Breaks will be available on iTunes July, and you can watch his latest music video by clicking here

Course modules

FdA modules include: Composition, Live Sound Recording, Audio Systems, Sound and Image, Studio Recording, Production Music, Major client Project, Mixing Techniques and Sound for Computer Games . UCS Bury St Edmunds is an approved AVID Sponsored School. A unique feature of this course is the opportunity to achieve accredited Pro Tools training (AVID 101 and 110 qualifications).

Personal Development (Requisite)
Creative Music Skills (Requisite)
Studio Recording (Requisite)
Live Sound Recording (Requisite)
Sound and Image (Requisite)
Audio Systems (Requisite)
Production Music (Requisite)
Mixing Techniques (Requisite)
Sound for Computer Games (Requisite)
Research and Study Skills (Requisite)
Major Client Project (Requisite)

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £8,000 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,330 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

Further Information

  • 2017-18 Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Bursaries and Scholarships eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants 2016.
  • At the University of Suffolk your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2016 Entry: 200 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)

2017 Entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), BB (A-Level), DM (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place may be subject to:

  • A successful interview 
International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.