Sound and Music Production (BA Hons)

Sound and Music Production

BA (Hons)

Bring your music to life

Harness the creative potential of sound and technology.

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Unique opportunities

Cutting-edge practice and industry expertise.

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Use Arduino hardware in our studios for limitless possibilities to create your sound.

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Learn from experts who have worked with Drake, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney…to name a few.

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Work with live sound in packed gigs.

Exceptional new facilities

Industry-standard recording studios, production labs, specialist software and hardware, screen and interactive platforms in one inspiring space.

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Learn from the best in the industry

Tim Land

Tim Land

Academic Course Leader in Sound and Music Production

'I'm a lover of beats, sounds and spaces and have a background in producing electronic and urban music. More recently I've been specialising in spatial sound and its potential for new auditory experience.'

Tim as a musician and producer has released albums, EP's and remixes on major labels, received a BAFTA award for interactive sound work and toured internationally as a DJ. His huge range of experience will help you to build a broad range of skills covering every aspect of contemporary music media production.

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Course details

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Course outline

Using cutting-edge technology, you will explore the full potential of working as a creative music technologist. As a composer, performer, sound designer, engineer and 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.

In your first year, you will learn the foundations of recording and production alongside developing creative approaches to composition and performance. You will gain an understanding of audio theory, studio technology, digital audio workstation production and visual image-making. You will also explore key compositional strategies and technology-focused performance techniques. In year two, you will have the opportunity to work with live sound and broadcast systems, develop studio production techniques, explore sound design and composition for screen media, and investigate the innovative approach of spatial sound. Through the study of emerging technologies and product and instrument design, you will explore programmable software, hardware development and sensor technologies. 

Your final year focuses on your progression into professional practice and employment alongside a dissertation paper and conference presentation. You will develop your creative specialism in a major, public-facing project that demonstrates engagement with the marketplace.  Advanced optional modules allow you to create sound for films, installations and performing arts along with developing professional studio skills and hardware design. Enterprise and business studies enable work placements and the development of a professional network, ready for your career. The practical elements of the degree are underpinned by a critical understanding of the creative and economic potential of sound within contemporary culture. Socio-political and philosophical perspectives continue to evolve your thinking and understanding of technology focused economies. 

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Study style

Benefit from a mixture of practical sessions, lectures, group work and professional experiences. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Live Sound & Broadcast Technologies' to 'Making Tracks'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

Across our music and media courses, students have undertaken work placements with EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC. They have also worked technical sound roles for local festivals, 2000trees and Wychwood, and work with the Media School’s BBC Introducing broadcasts. Our staff have a huge range of combined business experience including working with the BBC, Universal, Sony, Virgin, Orange and O2. In lectures and workshops, you’ll also hear from professional content creators and taste-makers who tour, record, design and produce music and media projects.

Careers

  • Sound designer
  • Music producer
  • Sound engineer
  • Software and hardware programmer
  • Composer and performer

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Fees

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW371

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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