Course Details

Find out what you'll study on the Foundation Degree in Music Production.


Focused on Professional Practice

A respected qualification on its own – or you can top it up to a BA with an additional year of full-time study – the Foundation Degree is completely focused on professional practice in a wide range of areas including writing, recording and producing music in different styles.

Learn the Fundamentals

While developing your core skills – theory and harmony, composing and arranging, production analysis, historical and cultural studies, etc. – you learn the fundamentals of music production by working in small groups in dedicated studio environments, and create and edit material using a variety of packages in the conservatoire's Mac Labs.


Typical Students

  • Prefer to study in a highly interactive, 'learning by doing' way

  • Want to obtain a respected qualification and get real work experience quickly

  • Aren't sure about committing to the three-year BA, but want the option of topping up 

  • Did not achieve the UCAS points generally needed to enrol on a BA course



Our modules cover developing musicianship, group study, contextual studies and professional studies that prepare you for industry.
Download the full course outline for Foundation Degree in Music Production


Specialist Study

You will be introduced to the technology, ethos and techniques necessary for the creation of a variety of sound production products within the recording studio environment.

You will also develop skills in the contemporary computer software that is utilised within the creative industries, exploring the software that is used for the application of audio creation/production along with other appropriate media platforms.

There will be the opportunity for collaboration with students from other pathways as part of a creative project.

Contextual Studies

You will develop a range of compositional and production skills, holistically integrated with the historical, cultural, and commercial context of music.

Focusing on a variety compositional styles, you will study comparative issues such as production, arranging and orchestration through a series of creative undertakings involving a range of varied tasks, commissions and exercises.

You will also be encouraged to engage in analysis of how music communicates, emotionally, practically and commercially, through a variety of musical styles, genres and areas of artistic and commercial use.


Professional Studies

Additionally, as with all our degree pathways, you will be able to choose to study a number of professional studies modules that cover topics such as self-promotion and marketing, legal and commercial issues and digital and media literacy.

This focus on developing your business skills will help to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.

Work Placement

Unique to our Foundation Degree, you will be supported to find an internship at a studio, venue or related company appropriate to your career aspirations – giving you valuable networking opportunities and a foothold in the job market.

To date, our students have worked with Bestival, Northern Ballet and Eiger Studios, amongst many others.