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Music Production, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #1001 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
This is a practice-based degree based upon the industry of music that cultivates artist development and helps build confidence in recording music and performing it live in front of audiences.
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Overview

The programme will enhance your perception of the spectral, spatial and dynamic characteristics of music and sound via the use of technology. Themes explored include music technology, music practice and live performance, recording and production, sound design, album artwork and social media. 

You will be able to apply your music and sound skills in areas such as film, TV and theatre and be taught using state-of-the-art facilities, engaging with technology to bring music to fruition. The degree is ideal for those who play a musical instrument, or sing, and want to pursue a career that exploits this. It is also suitable for those who want to record and produce the music of others.

  • Develop competency in the use of physical and virtual music making instruments;
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of the technology and techniques necessary for the creation and distribution of music;
  • Use industry-standard hardware and software and record your own compositions.

Career Prospects

Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a broad spectrum of the themes and practices of the music industry, providing you with expert knowledge and technical ability, a flair for music composition and songwriting, confidence in performance, and entrepreneurial skills. The aim is to ensure you graduate with the capability for creative thinking and the ability to apply knowledge to achieve practical outcomes in professional contexts associated with the music industry.Potential career options could include working as a producer in A&R or artist management, working in a recording studio, on film sound, or as a composer, songwriter or musician. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include

  • Sound for Picture 
  • Studio Composition 
  • Music Composition and Sound Design 
  • Ear, Voice, Song 
  • Music and Society 
  • Recording and Mixing 
  • Production and Mastering 
  • Researching Media and Culture 
  • Soundtracks Dissertation Project 
  • Digital Performance 
  • Social Media Context and Practice 
  • Arranging Popular Music 
  • Foley and ADR Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

To join this programme, you should play a musical instrument (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, percussion, brass etc) either in a band or as a solo artist, or show evidence of your enthusiasm and ability to produce the music of others.

You will be expected to provide evidence of your musical ability. This may take the form of songs written, video recordings of previous performances, demos etc. These may be placed on SoundCloud or YouTube. In the absence of these, you may be invited for an audition.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Full-time UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

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