This course is designed for students who are looking for a career in the music industry and have a strong interest in music performance, music composition and production, studio recording, live sound and music software design. The course gives students a range of both practical and theoretical skills that can be utilised in the creative industries and offers two alternative pathways: music performance and music technology.
Work-based learning and experience is embedded into the course and local employers (such as Modern World Studios and M5 Audio) are frequently involved in industry based projects, contributing to assessment in the studio and live sound production projects. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their performance events production and live music production skills at the college's brand new McMillan Theatre complex to work on live client briefs or perform for local music events.
Music students have been on residential trips to New York, London and Brighton and industrial music practitioners regularly come to the music department to work with students on projects and in show and tell workshops and lectures.
Example modules include:
Modules are dependent on the chosen pathway but may include:
Teaching and Assessment
Coursework is an important element in the assessment of the course and a large variety of assignments are used, depending upon the subject. Assignment methods will include performances & practical assessments, oral presentations & vivas, creative production tasks, practical and written technical reports.
The Foundation Degree Music Production programme offers access to a wide range of professions within the music industry as well as opportunities to specialise further by topping up to the BA (Hons) Creative Music Production Degree at Oxford Brookes University. Past students have gone on to work for companies including M5 Audio, Films@59, Cygnus Music, and Bridgwater & Taunton College.
A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least four GCSEs at grades A* – C or 9 - 4 including Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent. Applicants will also need to attend an interview, audition and provide a portfolio. Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
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