Music production

​​​What is a music production / creative music technology degree?

Music technology or music production degree courses will cover the principles of music technology, from sound and acoustics to music composition and production.

A knowledge of recording equipment, software, hardware and the current industry environment is also taught across the board. You’ll be able to make use of new skills in synthesis, sampling and recording to take your career forwards.

BA (Hons) Sound and Music Production degree at University of Gloucestershire

Our sound and music production degree course covers all aspects from composer, performer, sound engineer, audio engineer to producer. You will establish a competitive portfolio of practical projects and experiences. Innovations in software building, hardware hacking, networked technologies and screen platforms allow you to investigate new ideas and creative practices for contemporary media.

Our students have undertaken work placements with EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC. Our staff have a huge range of combined business experience including working with the BBC, Universal, Sony, Virgin, Orange and O2.

Our expanded and updated media centre is complete with top spec equipment. Students can work on projects in industry-standard production spaces including recording studios, production labs, rehearsal rooms, editing suites, dubbing theatre, sound labs and film and TV studios.

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Creative Music Practice MA at the University of Gloucestershire

Our Creative Music Practice MA course is a postgraduate degree that’s been designed to enable graduate students, along with established creatives and professionals, to advance their skills, knowledge and understanding of a rapidly evolving global music ecosystem.

This course builds on the strength and diversity of our undergraduate Sound and Music Production degree, and enables students who work across a range of music disciplines to develop and launch ambitious and sustainable projects.

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What does a music production degree course consist of?

Typical modules for music production degree courses often include subjects incorporating studio recording and technology in year one, live sound production in year two and advanced music production in year 3. You may cover any of the following:

  • Foundations of recording and production
  • Creative approaches to composition and performance
  • Audio theory
  • Studio technology and digital audio workstation production
  • Visual image making
  • Working with live sound and broadcast systems
  • Studio production techniques
  • Sound design and composition for screen media
  • Sounds for films, installations and performing arts
  • Professional studio skills and hardware design
  • What are the benefits of having a music production degree?

    Music production degree courses are a popular choice. Many graduates work in technical sound recording roles such as sound designer, music producer or sound engineer as well as musicians and music teachers.

    Useful transferable skills from studying music production courses include communication, time management, project management, team working, planning, performing under pressure and commercial awareness. The performing arts, education, events management, social and welfare, film and TV, advertising and computing industries all recruit music graduates.

    What careers can I do with a music production / creative music technology degree?

    Sound designer

    Sound designers are responsible for providing any required sounds to accompany a production. They may work in film, TV, theatre, video or computer games.

    Music producer

    A music producer assists artists and groups in the studio to create recorded music, for an album, a film, advert or any other kind of creative output.

    Sound engineer

    Live sound engineers control the sound at events like theatre performances, music concerts and festivals. Studio sound engineers work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.

    Audio engineer

    An audio engineer is a trained professional who works with the mechanics of recording, mixing and reproducing sound. Audio engineers often assist record producers and musicians to help give their work the sound they are hoping to achieve.

    Due to the wide range of skills attained, music graduates find success in a huge array of professions, both music-related and non-music related. These include careers as music teachers, performers, composers, academics, publishers, producers, arts administrators, lawyers and others.

    The next steps

    Interested in applying for one of our music production courses? Applications for our undergraduate music production courses are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate courses are made directly to the university.

    You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate music production degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

    Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree

    Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree