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BA (Hons) Music Producing

BA (Hons) Music Producing

Overview:

CREATE. COLLABORATE. INNOVATE.

USW’s Music Producing degree is based at our purpose-built campus in the creative centre of Cardiff. 

This exciting and innovative course is a highly practical programme, where you will identify, examine and refine your creative music production process. You’ll be provided with a fast-tracked learning experience through access to USW’s industry-standard studio facilities, extensive tutor expertise and unique collaborative learning environment.   

Through masterclasses with industry professionals and real-world briefs, we’ll help you become experts in the latest audio production technology, manage your workflow and forge careers within the creative industries of music, film, television and game audio. 

This course nurtures professional development and functions to build the relevant skillsets required for the next generation of music producers, beat makers and recording artists. 

Typical A-Level Offer
CCC to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

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Entry Requirements

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

Applicants in the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application. If you do not meet the entry criteria you may also be required to attend an interview to help us assess your suitability for the course.

Applicants outside the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

This programme equips you with the practical techniques, theoretical knowledge, transferable skills and vocational experience required of a professional practitioner within the broad field of music production on a personal and professional level. As well as production skills, you’ll learn theoretical, compositional and transferable skills that will enhance your future employability within the music industry.

Year 1 (Level 4): The Creative Producer

Year one aims to develop your individual and team-based music production skills, prior to establishing collaborative relationships within the wider faculty. You will complete the year with a high proficiency in industry-standard tools and techniques, generating confidence and professional practice to take forward.

Creative Music Composition & Production – Release your artistic potential as a composer and producer.  From initial song sketches to finished compositions, you will evolve your portfolio through creative desktop production skills and a thorough technical training in both Logic Pro & Pro Tools digital audio workstations (DAWs). 

Critical Listening – Develop your critical and expert listening skills, enabling you to analyse audio like professional engineers and producers. 
Studio Production – Gain an understanding of recording and mixing techniques used in the production of recorded music and understand the role of producer/musician within the recording studio environment to maximise an artist’s potential. 

Music & Sound Essentials – Advance your theoretical knowledge and understanding of how melody, rhythm and harmony relate to popular music creation and analysis, and gain an understanding of the fundamental principles and underlying concepts relating to sound. 

Getting Plugged In – You will work in creative partnership with each other and with performance students on a short 6-week practical project that has a ‘real world’ industrial brief.   

Year 2 (Level 5): The Collaborative Producer

Throughout year two, the course is designed to stimulate interaction with students from other courses and disciplines to master essential collaboration skills required of the successful producer. You will work on projects with musicians, songwriters, singers, filmmakers and gamers.

Advanced Audio Production – Build upon your DAW skills and enhance your understanding of industry-standard software and hardware.  You will study synthesis, sequencing, sampling, editing, processing, mixing and remixing, as well as their creative application. You will also be introduced to immersive audio, and its application across the creative industries.  

Music & Sound for Media – Gain the technical and musical knowledge needed to begin composing music and designing sounds for film, video and related media. 

Artists Liaisons – Prepare yourself for a career in the creative industries through to the principles of effective communication and promotion.  Develop an ethos of professionalism as a music producer and artist.   

Music Industry Practice – Challenge your preconceptions of the producer’s role within the music industry. Learn how the industry functions, tackling royalties, contracts and intellectual copyright law, marketing, distribution and merchandising.  

Learning Through Employment (Option One) – Develop professional generic and subject skills through real world experience in the workplace. 

Minor Project: Working to a Brief (Option Two) – Create music/audio content of your own design to a professional standard, working to an industry-standard client brief.    

Year 3 (Level 6): The Professional Producer

The final year culminates in the development and creation of a unique creative Major Production Project that will generate a market-ready portfolio for you to take into industry. You will be encouraged to work collaboratively both within the faculty and for external clients under the guidance of a specialist USW supervisor.

Major Production Project (Live or Production) – Create a substantial body of high-quality portfolio work that expresses your ability and creative flair in your chosen field of specialism. Focus in on recognised industry-based roles and responsibilities.  Generate and evolve an innovative portfolio that reflects your professional skill and demonstrates this to industry standards.   

Remix Production – Learn and employ the relevant set of creative techniques, both technically and intellectually, to fully engage in the area of remix production. 

Professional Practitioner – Develop an advanced understanding and analysis of the industry practices and specifications involved in digital distribution for music release.  Advance your critical listening skills and foster the technical ability required to master music for release, incorporating a range of advanced production techniques. 

Industry Ready – Identify your responsibilities as a professional practitioner and put into practice the necessary level of research and development of business contacts that will enable the transition from education into the professional marketplace. Create and manage an achievable financial foundation to support a chosen career goal. 

Teaching

Our teaching team is made up of music industry professionals and technical experts. BA Music Producing is tailored to reflect the realities of the modern music industry and gives you access to regular masterclasses, visits by special guest musicians & producers and industry networking events.

Assessment

This course is assessed through coursework only, which takes the form of practical assessments, portfolio development, presentations and project work. Assessment is designed to support your learning and help you achieve your goals. There will be no examinations.

COURSE DETAILS

Accreditations

The USW School of Production and Performance is also an Accredited Apple Training Centre for Education for Apple Logic Pro and an Avid Authorised Training Partner for Pro Tools.

Facilities

Our campus boasts nine industry-standard recording studios featuring SSL and Audient mixing consoles with live and control rooms, all of which are sound isolated and acoustically treated. Several of the studios are equipped for immersive audio production, including a dedicated Dolby Atmos suite. We also house the Gus Dudgeon Suite, a vintage analogue mixing and editing desk, once owned by Elton John’s and critically acclaimed producer.

Our music labs feature several music workstations and are installed with the latest professional music production software, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Reason. We have an extensive range of microphones, musical instruments and MacBook Pro laptops that are loanable from Media Stores.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

CAREERS

In terms of employment, the cultural and creative industries offer many openings.  You will gain a wide range of valuable generic and specific skills that are highly regarded by employers. Your preparation as an adaptable, life-long learner enables you to respond successfully to changing patterns of work. 

BA Music Producing will attract students interested in music production careers, either in the traditional sense (professional studio-based, working with record companies and management) or the modern sense (beat/rhythm/backing track creation, digital recording, remixing, remote or home studio-based). Students may also specialise in audiovisual music production for film, television and gaming. 

Fees

Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!
 

£7,250

You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.
 

£4,250

You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.
 

£5,500

You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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