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Does experimenting with sound recordings and music interest you? Audio and Music Production explores the technical and creative aspect of sound. You don’t have to be musically trained. We’re looking for students who have a fascination for sound and a flair for music. If that’s you, then we’ll give you the skills you’ll need for a career in the industry.
On this course you’ll learn about both performance and the music business. And of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the industry with real life briefs.
The lecturers and people who work here are incredibly helpful and supportive, the studios are really well equipped and there are plenty of opportunities for students to develop their interests. It is a really understanding and stimulating environment.Paulina Kowalik
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Are you looking for a future in studio and live production, sound design, music performance, music technology retail, or music hardware?
The Recorded Music sector includes record labels, music distributors, recorded rights holders, physical manufacturers and recording studios and is estimated to be contribute £568 million to the UK economy. (Music By Numbers, UK Music)
Combining your fascination for sound and flair for music with sound business skills and hands on experience could lead to your ideal career.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University, we have excellent teachers, well-equipped spaces and household names as partners. Audio and Music Production is a JAMES accredited course, which carries real weight with employers when you graduate.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have the ability to project manage yourself and a portfolio crammed with real life experience. Our Careers and Employability team will also help to find you work placements in and around the area.
UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment).
MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, and is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions in order to inform the next generation of industry professionals.
MAP does this by nurturing collaborative projects, such as research and careers events, panel events, various education and skills work, policy work, and career opportunities. Fundamentally MAP provides extra opportunities to individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. This helps to future-proof the music industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills.
The teaching on the course was great, with the lectures being happy to spend 1:1 time with students to ensure that they understood the task they had to fulfil and how they were going to go about doing it. They were also a great support to us outside of the classroom in helping us gain real-life experience in the industry.Samuel Whitfield
What facilities can I use?
You will regularly be given the opportunity to work with a variety of artists using our state-of-the-art facilities. Working with the Film and TV students, you’ll record sound and work on post-production which will give you experience of working with a wide variety of genres to help you perfect your production skills.
You’ll record and produce audio in the Sennheiser Sound Lab which has been fully equipped by our partners, Sennheiser, a world leading production supplier.
We have other top quality suppliers, including Midas, Focusrite, Novation and AC Lighting, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business.
Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
What will I study?
Any media production draws on a range of skills. To reflect the real world, you’ll work as a part of a production crew on campus and off on site with our partners. You’ll collaborate with students from other courses, including Film & TV and Performing Arts on projects ranging from the screen to the stage.
There’s more to Music Production than performance. It’s also a business. We include business modules to give you an insight into the challenges that freelance technicians face, such as finance and legal guidance.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Our tutors have worked in live studio-based music production, sound design and location. They bring a wealth of experience from film, TV and radio to their teaching. We also have visiting tutors who keep you updated on the latest developments in sound production.
As well as this you'll have the opportunity to take part in live-industry briefs. These have seen students work at Glastonbury, Dolby and Pinewood Studios. You’ll also get the chance to work with up and coming music artists. Previous artists have included the Ting Tings, Jake Bugg, and Florence and the Machine. It’s an amazing way to team up with some of the brightest new talent.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Audio Production Technologies
Introduction to Pro Tools
Introduction to Recording
The DIY Musician
Entertainment Industry Framework
Audio Production Practice
Live Sound 1
Live Sound 2
Year 2 Modules
Recording and Mixing Techniques
Sound Design for Moving Image
Creative Audio Production
Sound for Moving Image: Production Project
Live Sound: Consoles and Sound Systems
Live Sound: Networks and RF
Introduction to Research Methods
Year 3 Modules
Professional Production Project
Spatial Audio Design
Sound Design: Collaboration Projects
3D Audio in Music
Live Event Project
Live Event Project: Experimental
Placement Plus (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our Audio and Music Production course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in areas such as studio and live production, sound design, music performance, music technology retail, and music hardware and software support.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.