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BA (Hons) Music Production

Student sitting at a mixing desk in the College sound studio
Brandon Mosqueda Caidedo in the sound studio at LCC, photo credit Alys Tomlinson
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2022
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W374

BA (Hons) Music Production will prepare you for a career as a highly skilled music and audio producer.

New course

BA (Hons) Music Production is a new course for September 2022 entry. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in the Autumn 2021.

Developing your skills in a range of areas including studio recording, live recording, mixing, mastering, acoustics and psychoacoustics, you’ll have opportunities to follow your interests and make music for different types of media such as film, television, games design and virtual reality (VR).

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Creative practice in action: You’ll be creating from Week 1 of the course – working on music production projects and industry briefs, building up a portfolio that showcases your creative talent, and discovering your own unique style as a music producer.
  • Connected collaboration: You'll work with other students across LCC's Screen School to understand the value of creative collaboration through areas like film, television, animation, games design and immersive technology.
  • Industry-aligned: This course is designed, delivered and accredited with the music industry professional body, JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). In addition to achieving Certification in Pro Tools, you’ll also have opportunities for further training through Screen School’s position as an Avid Learning Partner (ALP).
  • Build your career: With a focus on developing your career path, you'll connect and network with creative industry practitioners and partner organisations while demonstrating your abilities through opportunities such as presenting your work to public audiences.

Open Days

The next College Tours for this course will take place on Saturday 16 October and Saturday 27 November.

Course overview

BA (Hons) Music Production will support you to develop a deep understanding of how to work creatively across the digital technologies of contemporary music production, preparing you for a career in the creative industries. 

Exploring key areas of music creation, composition, recording and production within the critical framework of a professional environment, the course is designed around 3 strands which run through each year of study: Creating Music, Recording and Producing Music, and The Music Professional.

Createch is an emerging field where creativity and technology interact, and is also the fastest growing sector of the creative industries. Developed along related principles, BA (Hons) Music Production offers a unique balance between creativity and technology using an integrated approach to theory and practice.

What to expect

  • Working on audio production projects and industry briefs, you’ll create practical work and have opportunities to collaborate – both across disciplines and with external partners.
  • You’ll build your portfolio while reflecting on and evaluating your own practice.
  • In Year 2, you’ll study a specialist option from songwriting, composing for media or audio post-production, which you can explore further in the Collaboration Practice unit and Final Major Project.
  • ​This course is delivered within industry-standard audio facilities at LCC. You’ll also have access to an extensive range of audio equipment that can be borrowed from the Kit Room, and be able to use technical areas including the 3D Workshop, Digital Space and Creative Technology Lab.

Work experience and opportunities

Enterprise and employability are central to all 3 strands of the course design, enabling you to develop your skills and apply them to your own creative practice.

Regular guest lectures and masterclasses from industry practitioners provide insight into the creative industries, while the Music Professional Strand covers areas including an introduction to career paths, practical methods for funding, and ways to market and promote your music.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers in music production including studio engineering, live sound engineering, songwriting, music performance, composing for media, game audio, acoustics and post-production.

Between Years 2 and 3 of the course, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake one of the following additional UAL qualifications: 

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS): An optional, year-long learning opportunity which enables you to develop your professional skills by undertaking a variety of placements and industry experiences. Supported throughout the year by academics, you’ll build on the knowledge gained on your course in a range of national or international locations, and graduate with an additional qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies.

Diploma in Creative Computing: An optional, year-long opportunity which allows you to develop the computational skills that are shaping the future of the digital creative industries. After successfully completing the Diploma and the final year of your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree title: for example, BA (Hons) Music Production (with Creative Computing).

Mode of study

BA (Hons) Music Production runs for 93 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.

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Course units

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Final Major Project (60 credits - continuation from Music Production Project)

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.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Practical workshops
  • Studio recording practice
  • Location recording practice
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest lectures and workshops
  • Project work
  • Peer critique
  • Research
  • Learning sets
  • Work-based learning
  • Group working
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Assessment methods

  • Portfolio
  • Written reports
  • Presentations
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Peer assessment
  • Online tests
  • Skills audits
  • Online journal
  • Website

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

104 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include: Music, Music Technology, Art and Design, English, Media, Business, or other subjects within Social Sciences
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design; Media, Music and Performing Arts)
  • Merit in UAL Extended Diploma 104 tariff points in Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subjects: Music Technology, Creative Music Technology, Music Technology and Production, Music, Live Sound and Music Events, Media)
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic study or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking is required for this course. 

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an informed interest in and appreciation of music production.
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study.
  • Commitment to the study and development for your potential career.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in music production and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

Making your application

Please note: BA (Hons) Music Production is a new course for September 2022 entry. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in the Autumn 2021.

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W374

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 (TBC) for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section.

Please note: BA (Hons) Music Production is a new course for September 2022 entry. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in the Autumn 2021.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W374

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate Application page, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 (TBC) for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Study abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Music Production for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.

We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

International applicants may be invited to an online interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Please add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

Portfolio advice

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to London College of Communication to attend one of our open day sessions where have the chance to hear from the team, find out more about the course, and the diverse and vibrant student community at LCC.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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Careers and alumni

BA (Hons) Music Production will develop your employability skills for a wide range of music production career paths, including studio engineering, live sound engineering, songwriting, music performance, composing for media, game audio, acoustics and post-production.

With the increasingly freelance nature of employment in the creative industries, the course will also offer you the guidance and confidence to become a freelance professional.

More widely, Careers and Employability at UAL will support you in your journey to becoming an innovator in the creative and cultural sectors through a programme of events, seminars, workshops, online resources and funding opportunities.