FdA Music Production

Study FdA Music Production at Leeds College of Music

Fast-track your route into industry with our two-year Foundation Degree, designed to give you the practical training and experience you need for a successful career.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • UCAS Code: W306 - 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 Apple Logic and Avid Pro Tools 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).

Develop commercial acumen

In a year-long project spanning your second year, you will conceive and produce a market-ready product – equipped with a plan for marketing and promotion – with input from an industry mentor.

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 Foundation Degree in Music Production modules focus on developing you as a professional 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.

Production Analysis

You will explore the theoretical principles of audio recording and music production to support your practical work in the recording studios and computer suites. Visits from industry professionals will contribute to the contextualisation and the theoretical content in a contemporary production framework.

Production Analysis - Module Specification

Recording Studio Techniques 1

You will be introduced to the integrated recording studio environment and explore the techniques necessary to record a variety of acoustic and electronic musical sources. You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills by engaging in a series of activities that simulate real world recording and music production scenarios.

Recording Studio Techniques 1 - Module Specification

Audio and MIDI Sequencing 1

You will explore industry standard computer music production software (e.g. ProTools & Logic) and develop the computer-based music production skills necessary to work within the creative industries. You will focus on appropriate MIDI and digital audio recording and editing techniques and will contextualise these skills within a vocational setting.

Audio and MIDI Sequencing 1 - Module Specification

Music Production in Context 1

You will place your core practice into context through analysis and research of musical style/genre. You will consider key producers of recorded music and their production techniques, along with techniques and compositional variants that define genre and sub-genre.

Music Production in Context 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 while developing your project management skills and understanding of the legal and commercial issues likely to impact on your future employability. Additionally you will enhance your core information, digital and media literacies.

Working in the Creative Industries - Module Specification

 

Music Industry Project

The module will allow you to devise and create a portfolio of work to showcase your skills and develop your career. Supported by both academic staff and industry professionals, you will contextualise and refine your business, management and music production skills, by creating a marketable product specifically aimed at your chosen area of the industry. This will enable you to source work and establish a foothold in the industry.

Music Industry Project - Module Specification

Recording Studio Techniques 2

You will develop your ability to demonstrate theoretical and practical considerations when recording and producing music. By sourcing musicians and artists for your projects and building a working relationship with them you will also develop your project management and communication skills.

Recording Studio Techniques 2 - Module Specification

Audio and MIDI Sequencing 2

You will develop more advanced production, mixing and editing techniques and will be introduced to the concepts and methodologies of synthesis and automation processes.

Audio and MIDI Sequencing 2 - Module Specification

Project Options – Choose One:
  • Enhance your live performance skills, in addition to your studio-based production activities, by devising, planning and delivering a live performance.

Live Performance Project - Module Specification

  • Enhance your production skills techniques gained in the core computer music and electronic music composition modules by undertaking a studio recording project.

DJ Project for Producers - Module Specification

Music Production in Context 2

You will further develop your skills and knowledge of a wide range of composition and production techniques, along with an appreciation and understanding of the social, historical, cultural, and commercial context of music.

Music Production in Context 2 - Module Specification

On completion of the Foundation Degree in Music Production, you can apply to join the third year of our Music Production degree and achieve a BA (Hons) Music Production. See our BA (Hons) Music Production (Top-Up) for more information.

Alex Carrie - Alumni

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

Image of Alex Halliday, Senior Lecturer: Music Production
Alexander MacDonald HallidayCurriculum Co-ordinator: Foundation Degrees

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production), FdA Music Production, Introduction to Audio Recording

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Foundation Degree
Duration: 2 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Documents

Entry Requirements
  • 64 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies, normally including Music. Can include music grade exams.
  • Grade 5 Theory is not essential but is recommended.

Read full entry requirements.

How to apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W306
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: 15 January 2018
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Audition information
Applicants will be assessed by UCAS application. Some applicants may be invited to submit a portfolio for assessment.
Read the portfolio guide.

Successful applicants will be invited to an optional offer holder workshop day on Saturday 24th March to meet the staff and tour the facilities. More information will be provided in your offer letter.

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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