BA (Hons) Music (Production)

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

Gain the skills and experience to become a sophisticated music producer, with the freedom to express yourself musically in any genre.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W301
  • 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) 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 published!

Pioneering approach

Our pioneering Augmented Reality app is the first ever to be used on a Production course. The app allows you to use a smartphone or tablet to access an interactive tutorial on our Audient sound mixing desks, giving you access to support and guidance outside of teaching sessions.

A Community of Musicians

Only at Leeds College of Music will you get the unique opportunity to collaborate with musicians from a variety of genres and with a multitude of specialisms. As a producer you’ll be in demand amongst our community of over 1,200 musicians, allowing you to build a portfolio of experience and establish your professional career long before you graduate.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Production) modules focus on developing you as a professional producer through small group work and individual production projects/portfolios. 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 desk topology & operation, signal flow, close micing techniques, dynamic and effects processing, and recording via DAW software.

Specialist Group Study 1

Working in computer labs, you will explore the functionality and operation of principal DAW software. Topics may include; digital audio principles (sample rate, bit depth, Niquist Theorem etc.), audio editing and manipulation including Flex time/Elastic Audio, Editing, Beat Detective, Dynamic and FX processing utilising software, plug-ins, MIDI sequencing and Editing, MIDI controllers, Software Instruments, Mixing in the DAW environment.

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.

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.

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.

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 Group Study 2

You will learn how to operate and manage sequencing, sampling and synthesis software/applications intended for use in music production. These may include applications such as Pro Tools, EastWest and other sample libraries and music editing software. You will explore the advanced functionality, operation and processes of principal DAW software.

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.

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

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Songwriting
  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Music and Ideology
  • Performance with Electronics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Musical Direction
Professional Studies 2

You will choose one of the below options to study:

Business Start-up

Music Education in Practice (PR)

Instrumental Music Tuition

Self-Promotion & Marketing

Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry

Concerts & Touring

Artistic Management

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.

Final Project

Indicative projects may include:

  • Produce a 'music based product' using music production technologies within the context of a collaborative creative arts project
  • 6000-word assignment examining your specialist area in order to ascertain a contextual framework for your practice.
Contextual Studies 3

You will study one of the below options:

  • Computer-Based Composition
  • Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Composition and Production for Film and TV
  • Composed Theatre
  • Extended Improvisation
  • Intercultural Music
  • Emerging Music Models
Professional Studies 3

You will study one of the below options:

  • Live Music Management
  • Community Music Project
  • Music Journalism
  • Business Leadership & Ethics
  • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function
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Alex Carrie performs at the Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park, Leeds

Alumni Profile

Alex Carrie

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Production)
Year of Graduation: 2015

Alex Carrie graduated in 2015, and with his band KRRUM was signed to label 37 Adventures just as they finished their study at LCoM.

 

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Sally RodgersSenior Lecturer: Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production)

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Chris BatesSenior Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music – Community Music module

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Emmanuel VassLecturer: Business & Professional Studies

Courses taught: Professional studies; music business and creative projects

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course facts

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

Entry Requirements
  • 96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies, normally including Music. Can include music grade exams.
  • Grade 5 Theory standard (assessed at audition)

Read full entry requirements.

How to apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W301
UCAS Institution Code: L3)
Application Deadline: 15 January 2017 – we are still accepting applications
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Audition information
UK applicants to Production degrees at Leeds College of Music will need to complete a portfolio.
Read the portfolio guide.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £14,500 (International Students)

Fees are per academic year and may be subject to government-approved increases in future years.
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Scholarships & bursaries

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