West Suffolk College
Three years full-time.
2018 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
Please see Entry Requirements below.
* Subject to validation
This course is available for September 2018 entry only.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
University of Suffolk covers the costs for:
- Examination fees
- Printing - students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. If required, additional printing is charged per sheet.
- All essential reading on the module reading lists can be found in West Suffolk College library as short term loan or e-book.
Prepare for the costs of:
- Parking (£2 per day)
- The library resources are wide ranging but should you need an inter-library loan there may be a charge please check this here Library Resources
- Essential texts £250
- Travel costs for visits to local organisations £30
- Visual aids to support presentations £10
Any offer of a place may be subject to:
- A successful interview