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Music Production BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September 2021

Overview Updated 03/08/2020

Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

The BA in Music Production is intended to prepare you for a growing, and ever-evolving industry which contributed £4.5 billion to the economy in 2018. The course is specifically designed to ready you for a range of potential avenues of music creation, for example working in the video game industry or in the world of live music, or working as an educator. We aim to provide you with the broad range of transferrable skills required to be a self-producing Artist. You will develop a breadth of skills within the digital domain, the studio environment, and – perhaps most importantly – academically.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • Opportunities to work in real-world situations across Northampton
  • Extra-curricular masterclasses in music production
  • Interaction with partner degree in Popular Music
  • Industry expertise from published and researching music team
  • Contemporary specialisms in many areas of EDM
  • Cutting-edge software: Native Instruments, Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, SoundToys, Mac OS X
  • Field Trips to events such as BBC Music Introducing Live, and visits to professional recording studios.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise*.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Open Days

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Course Details

Music Production at the University of Northampton is split into three stages. In the first stage you’ll develop proficiencies across all areas of the music production domain.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Careers

Career Opportunities

This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including; working musician/artist, teaching, lecturing, music journalism, composer / arranger, live sound engineer,  music producer, gaming and sound for media, sound designer, TV, film, advertising, YouTuber, online personality, freelancer, entrepreneur, academic, critic, writer, studio engineering and music therapy.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. All qualified applicants will be invited for interview. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

Course Content

Course subject to validation – modules to be updated in due course.

Methods of Learning

We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources, active blended learning, and face to face teaching. Teaching and learning occur through a variety of methods, with studio practical workshops, learning how to use new software in our Mac suites, seminars, masterclasses and lectures. We pride ourselves on knowing how the human mind works, and how to best foster learning, and we believe that education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. All modules have two hours of contact time per week, but sometimes sessions can be longer or shortened depending on the activity e.g. all afternoon practical masterclasses.

All of the module tutors use our virtual learning environment (NILE) to provide additional resources to facilitate your independent learning. These include screen capture tutorials, and access to audio and software.

Assessments

Assessment methods include writing specific reports, blogs, articles, screen capture video blogs, giving presentations, engaging in debates, and taking a couple of time constrained assessments and exams.

Facilities &

Special Features

Your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, specifically the newly renovated Development Hub.

Specialist facilities include

  • Two Mac Suites: running Logic Pro X, Ableton 10, Native Instruments Komplete 12, Pro Tools SoundToys bundle, Arturia V studio, Universal Audio Ultimate, Spitfire Audio Hybrid, Steven Slate Drums
  • Two recording studios: running Pro Tools and Audient 8024 mixing console, Neve 1073LB preamps, SSL VHD preamps, Apollo 8P, Apollo Satellite Octo, Rupert Neve Designs 5043
  • Microphones: U87 condensers, AKG414s, Telefunken FET M60s, AKG 451s, Radial DI boxes, Radial SGI and re-amp boxes, and a full range of other industry mics.
  • Hardware synthesisers: Arturia DrumBrute, Novation Circuits, Roland TB303, Behringer Deepmind 12, Roland Juno DS, Novation Bass Stations, Ableton controllers – Launchkey 49s, Launcontrol XLs, Launchpad Mark 1 and Mark 2
  • Three fully kitted rehearsal rooms.
  • Live performance hardware: Vox amps, Marshall MG 4×12 amps, Orange Crush Pro amps, Peavey Amps, Ampeg PF500 Bass amplifiers, Yamaha Stage Custom kits, Gretsch Drum Kit, Studio AAX, full PA, three rehearsal rooms.
  • Two grand pianos: Bechstein Boudoir Grand, Steinway Studio B, two Yamaha upright pianos.

Special course features include

  • introducing you to a critical engagement with popular music
  • fostering musicianship and studio craft
  • developing performance skills
  • exploring the music industry in the digital age
  • fully equipped recording studios
  • full access to a range of instruments and free tuition on an instrument you don’t play

 

Reading List
  • Chion, M. (2009) Film, a sound art, New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press
  • Haidt, J. (2012) The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. Pantheon Books
  • Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. Macmillan
  • Katz, B. (2002). Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. Focal Press
  • Levitin, D. (2006) This is your Brain on Music. Penguin
  • Owsinski, B. (2014) The Mixing Engineer's handbook. Boston, MA
  • Pinker, S. (2016). The Blank Slate (2002/2016). New York, NY: Viking
  • Roads, C. (2004) Microsound. MIT Press
  • Sacks, O. (2007) Musicophilia. Knopf
  • Storey, J. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, Routledge.
  • Willingham, D. (2009). Why Don't Students Like School? Jossey-Bass, San-Fransisco

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Opportunities for growth

Opportunities Available

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Additional Costs

  • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
  • A good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
    core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
  • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
  • Consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
  • USB Flash drives (data sticks) for submitting coursework (£10-20 for two)
  • £50 towards travel costs across three years

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,900
International Foundation Fee: £12,900

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional Costs

  • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
  • A good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
  • Core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
  • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
  • Consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
  • USB Flash drives (data sticks) for submitting coursework (£10-20 for two)
  • £50 towards travel costs across three years

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
International Foundation Fee: £9,800

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Integrated Foundation Year (IFY)

The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.


*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

360 Virtual Tour

Virtual tour

Updated 03/08/2020

  • Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

    The BA in Music Production is intended to prepare you for a growing, and ever-evolving industry which contributed £4.5 billion to the economy in 2018. The course is specifically designed to ready you for a range of potential avenues of music creation, for example working in the video game industry or in the world of live music, or working as an educator. We aim to provide you with the broad range of transferrable skills required to be a self-producing Artist. You will develop a breadth of skills within the digital domain, the studio environment, and – perhaps most importantly – academically.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Opportunities to work in real-world situations across Northampton
    • Extra-curricular masterclasses in music production
    • Interaction with partner degree in Popular Music
    • Industry expertise from published and researching music team
    • Contemporary specialisms in many areas of EDM
    • Cutting-edge software: Native Instruments, Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, SoundToys, Mac OS X
    • Field Trips to events such as BBC Music Introducing Live, and visits to professional recording studios.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise*.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • Music Production at the University of Northampton is split into three stages. In the first stage you’ll develop proficiencies across all areas of the music production domain.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Open Days

    Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

    Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

    To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Career Opportunities

      This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including; working musician/artist, teaching, lecturing, music journalism, composer / arranger, live sound engineer,  music producer, gaming and sound for media, sound designer, TV, film, advertising, YouTuber, online personality, freelancer, entrepreneur, academic, critic, writer, studio engineering and music therapy.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. All qualified applicants will be invited for interview. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

      • Chion, M. (2009) Film, a sound art, New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press
      • Haidt, J. (2012) The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. Pantheon Books
      • Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. Macmillan
      • Katz, B. (2002). Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. Focal Press
      • Levitin, D. (2006) This is your Brain on Music. Penguin
      • Owsinski, B. (2014) The Mixing Engineer's handbook. Boston, MA
      • Pinker, S. (2016). The Blank Slate (2002/2016). New York, NY: Viking
      • Roads, C. (2004) Microsound. MIT Press
      • Sacks, O. (2007) Musicophilia. Knopf
      • Storey, J. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, Routledge.
      • Willingham, D. (2009). Why Don't Students Like School? Jossey-Bass, San-Fransisco

    Course subject to validation – modules to be updated in due course.

    Methods of Learning

    We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources, active blended learning, and face to face teaching. Teaching and learning occur through a variety of methods, with studio practical workshops, learning how to use new software in our Mac suites, seminars, masterclasses and lectures. We pride ourselves on knowing how the human mind works, and how to best foster learning, and we believe that education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. All modules have two hours of contact time per week, but sometimes sessions can be longer or shortened depending on the activity e.g. all afternoon practical masterclasses.

    All of the module tutors use our virtual learning environment (NILE) to provide additional resources to facilitate your independent learning. These include screen capture tutorials, and access to audio and software.

    Assessments

    Assessment methods include writing specific reports, blogs, articles, screen capture video blogs, giving presentations, engaging in debates, and taking a couple of time constrained assessments and exams.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    Your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, specifically the newly renovated Development Hub.

    Specialist facilities include

    • Two Mac Suites: running Logic Pro X, Ableton 10, Native Instruments Komplete 12, Pro Tools SoundToys bundle, Arturia V studio, Universal Audio Ultimate, Spitfire Audio Hybrid, Steven Slate Drums
    • Two recording studios: running Pro Tools and Audient 8024 mixing console, Neve 1073LB preamps, SSL VHD preamps, Apollo 8P, Apollo Satellite Octo, Rupert Neve Designs 5043
    • Microphones: U87 condensers, AKG414s, Telefunken FET M60s, AKG 451s, Radial DI boxes, Radial SGI and re-amp boxes, and a full range of other industry mics.
    • Hardware synthesisers: Arturia DrumBrute, Novation Circuits, Roland TB303, Behringer Deepmind 12, Roland Juno DS, Novation Bass Stations, Ableton controllers – Launchkey 49s, Launcontrol XLs, Launchpad Mark 1 and Mark 2
    • Three fully kitted rehearsal rooms.
    • Live performance hardware: Vox amps, Marshall MG 4×12 amps, Orange Crush Pro amps, Peavey Amps, Ampeg PF500 Bass amplifiers, Yamaha Stage Custom kits, Gretsch Drum Kit, Studio AAX, full PA, three rehearsal rooms.
    • Two grand pianos: Bechstein Boudoir Grand, Steinway Studio B, two Yamaha upright pianos.

    Special course features include

    • introducing you to a critical engagement with popular music
    • fostering musicianship and studio craft
    • developing performance skills
    • exploring the music industry in the digital age
    • fully equipped recording studios
    • full access to a range of instruments and free tuition on an instrument you don’t play

     

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • Opportunities Available

      We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Additional Costs

    • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
    • A good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
      core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
    • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
    • Consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
    • USB Flash drives (data sticks) for submitting coursework (£10-20 for two)
    • £50 towards travel costs across three years

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    International Foundation Fee: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
    • A good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
    • Core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
    • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
    • Consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
    • USB Flash drives (data sticks) for submitting coursework (£10-20 for two)
    • £50 towards travel costs across three years

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    International Foundation Fee: £9,800

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

360 Virtual Tour

Virtual tour