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Commercial Sound Production (3rd year entry), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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Commercial Sound Production (3rd year entry) degree offered at the University of the West of Scotland is on a rapidly developing modern music business and its opportunities.

Lecturers are practising music industry professionals and guest speakers have included Shirley Manson and Ricky Ross. Designed for songwriters, producers and DJs, you will develop a variety of specialisms, giving our graduates a diverse range of skills to build a successful career in music.

Some classes may be delivered off campus, at our creative hub in Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts and Paisley Campus.


Fixed-term, freelance contracts are the norm in this field and you will often find yourself working on a number of contracts simultaneously. Graduates will be required to build extensive contact networks and to work on a flexible basis. 

Contract options include radio/television/film; computer games; broadcast media; arts administration; community arts; music performance; music publishing; and events organisation. 

Employers include public sector bodies such as community arts/culture organisations, schools and colleges and independent film-makers and radio stations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  •  opportunities to advance your study into new media and music product design and complete a four-week work placement.
  •   releases and events will be staged from the beginning of Trimester 2 onwards.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Music Technology or Sound Production or performance or screen-related discipline.
  • Advanced Diploma: Music Technology or Sound Production or performance or screen-related discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Channel Islands & Isle Of Man/ English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Living costs for Hamilton

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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