In common with all courses at University of the Arts London, this course is credit-rated. The course is 3 years and taught at levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Music Production qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
You’ll build technical skills to create, record and produce music; planning skills to manage audio projects; and academic skills to support your learning.
Introduction to Music Production (20 credits)
You’ll be introduced to the context of contemporary music production, key skills required by music producers such as critical listening and production analysis, and academic and planning skills needed to manage audio production in response to industry briefs.
Audio Principles for Music Production (20 credits)
You’ll explore the technologies and techniques of contemporary studio production, the function and application of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and techniques for recording musical instruments in a studio environment.
Creative Audio Programming (20 credits)
You'll consider the theories, technologies and techniques of programming for music production. You’ll also explore the function and creative application of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in sound manipulation, sampling and synthesis.
Music Industries (20 credits)
This unit introduces you to key stakeholders within the music industry, developing your understanding of industry responses to an evolving commercial and technological environment. You’ll also explore career options as an employer, entrepreneur or artist.
Creative Mixing Techniques (20 credits)
You'll enhance your understanding of mixing techniques for multi-channel playback systems in audio applications such as VR, moving image, installations, music composition and record production. You'll also build written and reflective skills by researching your chosen applied area and reflecting on your developing practice.
Composition Skills for Music Producers (20 credits)
You’ll enhance your understanding of practical music theory by analysing musical components such as melody, harmony, rhythm, texture and form. Building on previous music software skills, you’ll explore approaches to composition and arranging techniques in a variety of genres by producing a composition-based portfolio.
Music Cultures (20 credits)
You'll develop your awareness and understanding of key historical, contextual and technological developments in popular music, including recording and production. Your communication and analytical skills will grow through critical debate and analysis of music cultures and sub-cultures.
Audio Principles for Live Sound (20 credits)
Building on your knowledge of mixing and microphone placement, you’ll apply your learning to different approaches for live music scenarios. You’ll test theoretical concepts like networked audio, dispersion and speaker arrays in a live music environment.
Specialist Options (20 credits)
In this unit, you’ll choose 1 of the following options:
- Songwriting: explore techniques available to songwriters, developing your knowledge and skills to write, arrange and produce songs in a variety of genres.
- Composing for Media: develop your knowledge and skills across composition and music production for media applications like film, TV, games and installations.
- Audio Post-Production: investigate how sound supports and influences narrative in film and television, learning how to create a cohesive soundtrack for moving image.
Music in the Marketplace (20 credits)
You’ll build on knowledge of the music industry gained in Year 1 to identify, analyse and apply methods for funding, marketing and promoting music in the contemporary marketplace.
Aesthetics of Music Production (20 credits)
This unit will develop your understanding of music perception and the application of acoustic and psychoacoustic principles to recording and production. You’ll listen critically to acoustic spaces, audio equipment and audio material, and learn how to apply this to key production decisions.
Creative Industry Project (20 credits)
You’ll conceptualise your ideas while establishing, building and working in teams to respond professionally to an industry brief. You’ll work collaboratively with an external client to produce creative work that will be showcased publicly.
Innovations in Music Production: Artificial Intelligence Applications for Music Production (20 credits)
You’ll explore the concepts and innovations of artificial intelligence (AI) in music production through assistive and creative technologies, and learn about practical software techniques for applications such as composition, mixing and mastering.
Research Skills for Music Producers (20 credits)
You'll investigate and apply relevant research, managing and planning methodologies to propose a Final Major Project in your chosen specialist area.
Final Major Project (60 credits)
You’ll design, develop, implement and evaluate a significant creative project to a professional standard, applying your research and planning skills to create a music production-related outcome.
Professional Practice Portfolio (20 credits)
You’ll develop your ability to identify and evaluate opportunities in the creative and cultural industries relating to your area of professional practice. You'll build your enterprise skills and gain confidence to become a freelance professional or to set up your own business. You'll collate and present a portfolio of work relevant to your chosen area of the industry, demonstrating your professional skills and understanding of career paths.