Foundation Degree in Music Production

About the course

YOUR COURSE

The Foundation Degree in Music Production gives you the vital, practical training you need to become a sophisticated music producer. The course can be completed in two years and stands alone as a respected qualification, or you can top it up to a full BA with one further year of full-time study.
While no less rigorous than the BA (Hons) Music Production pathway, the Foundation Degree is more vocational, with most assignments written to either reflect industry practice or enable you to build a professional portfolio of work. A work placement gives you hands-on experience, while a year-long independent project sees you devise and create a fully marketable product.
 
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.
 
Writing and producing music across a range of styles from contemporary songwriting to sound for the moving image, you identify your strengths and begin to specialise in your second year, when you develop a solid portfolio of creative work.
 
With modules designed to let you explore potential career options – and a work placement – the course is geared to prepare you for life after graduation. The Working in the Creative Industries module introduces you to the framework and mechanisms of the music industry, and in year two you undertake a substantial independent project in Community Music, Music Journalism or Events Management.
The Foundation Degree is ideal if you:

  • 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 to give yourself the option of topping up 

  • Did not achieve the 240 UCAS points generally needed to enrol on a BA course (the normal entry requirement for the Foundation Degree is 160 UCAS points)

Download the full course outline for the Foundation Degree in Music Production

FACILITIES

You have access to our facilities until 3am in term-time, including:

  • Over 60 teaching rooms, practice rooms, and bespoke ensemble rehearsal spaces.

  • Six recording studios equipped with Audient, SSL and Neve equipment. 

  • Three mixing rooms equipped with Logic and Pro Tools, and one with a 5.1 surround sound setup and an HD projector, making it perfect for cueing up your sound effects and music with film footage.

  • Equipment loans - borrow instruments, microphones and gear from our extensive stock - Find out more.

  • Six Apple Authorised Mac Labs equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces.

  • Steinway pianos - we’re an All-Steinway School, 95% of our pianos come from the Steinway family.

  • Music Library & Jazz Archive containing over 10,000 CDs, 8,000 LPs and 18,000 items of printed music – Find out more.

  • 120-seat Recital Room, for gigs, recitals, workshops, talks, lunchtime concerts and film showcases.

  • The Venue, our 350-seat auditorium. 

Find out more about our facilities here.


YOUR TUTORS

With wide experience of working in the creative sector, your tutors know the music industry inside out.
 
Lecturer Alex MacDonald Halliday is a specialist in digital audio recording, mixing and mastering, and composes, records and produces for high-profile clients including Opera North and Yorkshire Dance. Guitarist, songwriter, composer and course leader Jez Pritchatt has toured and recorded with numerous bands and was booking manager at the famous Marquee Club in London for many years.
 
They are joined by a host of part-time tutors, including remixer, engineer and producer Jason Ellis, and BAFTA-nominated composer Neil Myers, who has composed for documentaries, adverts, title sequences and film.
 
Industry partners give guest lectures, supervise workshops, offer guidance on an individual basis and even play a role in assessing your work.


YOUR FUTURE

While many students choose to top up to the full BA (Hons) Music degree in Music Production, others go on to an MA or enter industry in a variety of areas including sound editing and design, and composition for media – and more than 90% of our 2011/12 graduates are in employment or further study.
 
Alumni include: hip-hop/urban artist Cynikal aka Foundation Degree graduate Tavinder Singh; sound designer, composer and theatre practitioner Jon McLeod, and composers Samuel Clarke and Lucy Claire Thornton, who both compose for multimedia (film, television, gaming and smart devices, etc.). Elsewhere, Emma Thomson's work as a sound engineer has recently seen her man the desks on a number of West End musicals including Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera.


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£9,000 per year (UK/EU students)
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Institution code: L30
Course code: W306

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