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Music Production

Music Production BA (Hons)

Getting into the music industry can be a tough gig, but our music production degree gives you a foot in the door.

 
 

Course overview

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Are you excited by the thought of working in film production, the video games industry, or on live productions and music events? Streaming and gaming are contributing to a continued growth in global recorded music revenues and music production now spans an increasingly wide range of industries. Learn how to create, produce, mix and master stereo and surround recordings in state-of-the-art recording studios with our music production degree at Teesside University.

Perform and engineer live performances and programme sound synthesizers, as well as producing pre-recorded sound for a range of digital outputs such as games, films, TV and a host of online content. Supported by our lecturers and specialist technicians, many of whom have worked in industry, you gain knowledge enabling you to set up and run student-led projects such as a record label, a gaming soundtrack, promotion events or a radio station. You learn how to professionally create and dub music, sound effects and Foley to video and other media.

In the School of Arts & Creative Industries we care about you and your future. Our approach is to focus on you as an individual and to help you to replicate what could become your life in industry. This degree has a strong emphasis on teaching you how to apply what you learn about music production within professional practice, so that you gain practical and marketable skills for a wide range of music and audio-related careers.

Graduates from Teesside University have gone on to work in a variety of successful careers as recording artists, sound engineers, broadcasters and producers. You will find us well placed within a vibrant and growing industry, with the North East region seeing increasing amounts of investment across creative industry sectors. The BBC is making its biggest investment for 25 years in the region developing TV Production. Recent research has identified a cluster of recording, production and post-production studios in the North East region maintaining a presence in the national music and sound production landscape (Music Studio Market Assessment, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, June 2021).

If you’re applying to study BA (Hons) Music Production within the School of Arts & Creative Industries, you could be eligible for the Paul Rodgers Scholarship.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Digital Audio Workstations

Learn how to apply the principles of digital audio and MIDI specifications to digital audio workstation practice for music production. Find out how to use MIDI compatible and virtual instruments to create and process musical sequences.

Introduction to Composition

Develop basic knowledge and skills relevant to music composition, and apply relevant concepts such as western tradition music theory and keyboard skills, to the composition of music.

Introduction to the Recording Studio

Gain a solid foundation of recording studio practice, and learn the fundamental theory of safely operating industry-standard recording studio hardware and software.

Music Production Techniques

Learn about the theory and practice of music production techniques, and develop your knowledge and skills of recording studio practice.

Sound and Perception

Explore the theory and practice of the relationships between sound in air (acoustics), the perception of sound (psychoacoustics) and audio signals (electroacoustics). You are given time (waveform) and frequency (spectral) descriptions of sound before investigating the relationship between the two. You are also introduced to acoustic ecology r to examine the relationships between yourself, sound and the environment, and to improve their sonological competence. The importance of hearing conservation is stressed throughout.

Working in the Creative Industries

Explore opportunities available in the creative industries, how to start a career path and vital employability skills including networking and digital presence. You learn about the structure of the sector and how it operates locally, nationally and globally, debating the role of policy and the importance of sustainability.

 

Year 2 core modules

Career Context

Develop your understanding of building a career in the creative industries through key skills in creative leadership, collaborative entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Composing and Arranging

Develop further knowledge and skills relevant to music composition and arrangement, including extended study of western tradition music theory and its application in the composition of more complex music structures.

Global Future Contexts

Further investigate a range of contemporary social, environmental, technological and ethical issues to inform all types of art and design practice. You broaden your understanding of creativity as a practice-based form of contemporary social discourse and explore a variety of issues through the development, production and presentation of potential future scenarios.

Music Production Project

Apply previous learning of recording studio practice in a music production project. You learn additional theory and practice of music production techniques as a music producer.

Sound Design for Film and TV

Explore your creativity in the creation, production and post-production of sound that is synchronised to video. Create material that requires Foley, sound design, automated dialogue replacement and music composition that is mixed to stereo and surround formats.

 

Year 3 core modules

Composition Portfolio

Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to music composition and arrangement, and research composition and arrangement techniques and processes, demonstrating your creativity in a portfolio of work.

Live Sound Production

Develop your technical and organisational skills in live sound production, utilising techniques including microphone placement, PA systems, live mixing and signal processing in live sound environments. You study technical topics including venue characteristics, speaker systems, analogue and digital signal routing, and the health and safety and legal issues relating to the live performance environment, such as sound levels and electrical considerations.

Music Production Portfolio

Expand your learning of music production practice in an extended music production project to develop your own portfolio. You learn about advanced theory and practice of music production techniques to further develop your role as a music producer.

Professional Development

Devise a professional development strategy to your future career, with achievable milestones, targets and schedules. You analyse possible career opportunities and develop your own personal and specialist skills.

Sound Production for Games

Use your imagination in the creation, production and post-production of sound that is synchronised to games visuals. You create material that requires audio asset production practice and dynamic music composition, which may be mixed to stereo or surround formats.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You are taught by industry practitioners who help you acquire the skills and knowledge to creatively use the latest technologies. Your study involves lectures, seminars, laboratory classes and individual or group project work. You have access to our excellently equipped recording studios, control rooms and music laboratories as part of your learning.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by in-course assessment of a range of music-related media, written assignments and reports, individual and group presentations and live performances.

Professional placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.
Work placements


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Our students follow careers in sound and music production, sound capture (sound engineering), live sound production and engineering (gigs, theatre, events), sound design, processing and control, music for time-based media (film, video), broadcast (radio, television, internet), recording artists, music technology journalism and multimedia authoring.

 

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Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements

Full-time

Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W374 BA/MP
  • Start date: September
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2022/23 entry

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£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 6 years
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  • Start date: September
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