BA (Hons) Music (Production with Folk)

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Study BA Hons Music (Production with Folk) at Leeds College of Music

Develop your skill set in more than one subject area and study with a wider range of expert staff. You’ll take your Specialist Study modules in Production and your Specialist Group Study modules in Folk.

 

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W315- Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

World-class facilities

You’ll have access to thirteen on-campus recording and mixing studios and six Apple Mac Labs, equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, as well as numerous composition, rehearsal and performance spaces. All of these facilities are open until 3am during term-time, giving you a dedicated, flexible environment in which to develop your recording and producing skills, as well as becoming well-versed in Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, Max/MSP and other software.

Industry links

Each year, a number of industry professionals deliver masterclasses to our students. Recent sessions have been given by Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (Björk, Brian Eno, The XX) and producers Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian), Andy Bell (Bellowhead, Karine Polwart, Nancy Kerr) and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, David Guetta). We also have annual visits from labels and management, which provide our students with the opportunity to respond to real-life publishers’ briefs and audition their material in front of industry contacts – which has resulted in some of our students getting both signed published!

Pioneering approach

Artistic Identity: We champion original material, and encourage you to take creative risks. By the end of your production with folk degree, you will be a specialist in your chosen discipline and will have established your individual artistic identity and voice as a musician, whilst possessing a breadth of understanding, knowledge and transferable skills that will support you throughout your future career.

Live music scene

Leeds has an incredible live music scene, and our students are performing in it every day of the week, from gigs at the legendary Brudenell Social Club, The Grove and Belgrave Music Hall, to acoustic open mic nights at Oporto, Nation of Shopkeepers and a multitude of other venues. Our regular Friday night showcase, Crosswire, presents some of our best pop and production artists, and our students and alumni have taken the stage at major festivals, including Live at Leeds, Leeds Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Underneath the Stars Festival, Tramlines and SXSW..

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Production with Folk) modules focus on developing you as a professional musician and producer through small group work and creative projects. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre capabilities.

Specialist Study 1

In small groups you will take part in practical studio-based workshop sessions. Topics include; analogue and digital desk topology & operation, signal flow, close micing techniques, dynamic and effects processing, and recording via DAW software.

Specialist Study 1 - Module Specification

Specialist Group Study 1

You will develop a strong foundation in ensemble performance and/or composition. Issues of style and repertoire will be discussed and taught, alongside a developing awareness of rehearsal etiquette and good practice.

Specialist Group Study 1 - Module Specification

Creative Project

You will choose from the project menu and have the opportunity to collaborate with students and tutors from other pathways. Previous projects have included Synthesizer Programming, Arranging with Loops, Writing to a Commercial Popular Music Brief and Practical Crowdfunding.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop composing, arranging, musicology and aural skills. Through the study of repertoire, its stylistics and effects on society, you will develop your knowledge of musical trends and developments.

Contextual Studies 1 - Module Specification

Professional Studies 1

Working in the Creative Industries

You will be introduced to the professional framework and mechanisms of the creative industries, focusing on developing your project management skills and understanding the legal and commercial issues likely to impact on your future employability. You will also develop your core information, digital and media literacies.

Working in the Creative Industries - Module Specification

Specialist Study 2

In small groups and in specialist studio environments, you will build on work completed in year one, specifically developing your emerging musical production voice by exploring recording systems and production attributes, which include the holistics of the studio production process.

Specialist Study 2 - Module Specification

Specialist Group Study 2

You will be expected to take responsibility for your contribution to both the rehearsal process and performance in addition to demonstrating greater technical command in regard to the range of skills appropriate to the chosen musical idiom. Composers will be specifically composing and/or arranging for group ensembles.

Specialist Group Study 2 - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 2

You will engage in more advanced analysis of how music and production communicates, through a varied study of influential and seminal works, musicians, compositional and mix techniques. Different production approaches and methods will be considered, investigated and evaluated.

Contextual Studies 2 - Module Specification

You will also choose one of the below options to study:

Specialist Study 3

Working one-to-one with an allocated supervisor, you will create a proposal for a high-level, industry-standard production project that you will independently produce from start to completion.

Specialist Study 3 - Module Specification

Final Project

This module is designed to offer students flexibility in their final year by providing opportunity to delve deeper into a specialism specific to their course and interests.

Final Project - Module Specification

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2019/20 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2019.

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Alumni Profile

Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Production)
Year of Graduation:

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.

Nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards three times, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) released their debut album in 2008 after meeting whilst studying Production at Leeds College of Music.

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Dr Robert BentallPrincipal Lecturer: Music Production

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Rachael SutcliffeProgramme Leader: Folk

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Jim MorayPrincipal Lecturer: Folk

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Combined Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2019
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements:

96 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Other entry requirements:

a. Performance standard (assessed at audition)

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 8 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)).

Composers/songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 6 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)).

b. Musical theory standard (assessed at audition and interview)

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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Audition Information

UK applicants to Production with Folk degrees at Leeds College of Music will need to complete a portfolio for assessment and bring it on the same day they attend their Folk audition.

A refund of audition fee and travel costs may be available for applicants from low income households.

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How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W315
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: The UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires equal consideration (‘on time’) deadlines have now passed. We are still accepting applications for all of our courses at this stage although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

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Tuition Fees

2019/20 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £16,500 (International Students - subject to Board approval)

Leeds College of Music will charge the maximum permitted tuition fee, and these fees may increase with inflation in subsequent years.  However, tuition fee levels are currently under review by the Government and the outcome is not likely to be known until at least Spring 2019. We will provide further information as soon as possible.

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Scholarships & Bursaries

Leeds College of Music provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries.

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International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
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  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
Facilities

Our Production students have access to 13 recording and mixing studios, equipped with Audient, SSL and Neve equipment, and Logic and Pro Tools recording software, including one with 5.1 surround sound setup and an HD projector, making it perfect for cueing up your sound effects and music with film footage.

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