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BA (Hons) Music Production

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
JW93
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
West Suffolk College

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

This course provides training in the core skills of music composing, sequencing, arranging, live sound recording, sound for games, studio recording and post production techniques required for careers in the music or related media industries. Students can expect industry standard equipment and training by practicing professionals. 

Professional Business Skills enhances development of project management and self-employment for the professional music sector. Students get extra hands on experience as live sound runs through all three years of study.

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

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.

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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

The modules studied include: creative music skills; live sound recording; audio systems; sound and image; studio recording; production music; major client project; mixing techniques; sound for computer games; audio restoration; creative post production; professional business skills; and scoring for media (using Sibelius 7.5 and Pro Tools 11).

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Live sound recording
Production workflow
Composition
Audio for cinematic production
Studio recording
Research skills and problem solving
The art and science of mixing
Cinematic and game composition
Music for television and radio
Independent production project
Scoring for media
Postproduction techniques and mastering
Major media project
Dissertation

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, students are familiar with the workflow and demands of the creative industries. This 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.

Fees and finance

2017-18

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At 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

    2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (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.

    Staff

    Gary has 10 years experience in the telecommunications and electronics industry, including manufacturing, calibration and testing of electronic equipment. This is complimented with 25 years freelance experience of sound recording, mixing, mastering and composition. More recently, Ga...

    Andrea is a classically trained musician with the Royal Schools of Music syllabus in piano, flute and theory. Her career in music began at the age of thirteen performing as part of the orchestra (first flute) and in pop/rock bands as a singer songwriter. She began teaching music at ...