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If experimenting with sound recordings and music interests, you then this course could be for you. Audio and Music Production explores the technical and creative aspect of sound.
On this course you’ll learn about both performance and the music business. You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the industry with real life briefs and masterclasses delivered by the professionals.
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?
The Recorded Music sector offers a range of different roles in different environments for you to explore. Whether you see your future in studio and live production or within a record label, you can be sure you’ll gain skills and knowledge that can prepare you for the career of your dreams.
With this course you’ll discover everything from sound design, music performance to music technology retail and music hardware.
Combining your fascination for sound and flair for music with industry skills and hands on experience, could lead to your ideal career. Stay updated with all our latest BNU Audio and Music news by following us on Instagram @bnu_music
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU has been delivering courses in the music industry for over 25 years, we have a wealth of expertise from within our network of lecturing staff, guest speakers, and alumni, all with a track record of success in a wide variety of roles in the music business internationally.
Like the industry, we put collaboration at the centre of what we do. You will get the chance to work with other BNU courses, such as 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.
During your time with us you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including in our Sennheiser Sound Lab, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.
You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry, well-equipped spaces and household names as partners.
Our Audio and Music Production course is accredited by JAMES and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country.
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.
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.
What facilities can I use?
Our state-of-the-art recording studios and Sennheiser Sound Lab, which has been fully equipped by our partners, Sennheiser, a world leading production supplier, give you access to the space and technology you need. From individual edit rooms up to large Pro Tools HD studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths, we have it all to help you gain hands-on experience.
- Studios 1 and 2 boast Avid D-Command control surfaces and 24 channels of Focusrite ISA828 microphone preamps.
- Studios three and four (Edit 6) are based around Digidesign C|24 surfaces.
- The edit booths are equipped with microphone preamps from Digidesign (HD Omni).
- Our microphone stock includes Sennheiser, Neumann, AKG, Shure, Rode and Electrovoice.
- Studio monitoring includes 5.1 systems by Genelec and stereo systems by KRK.
All studios feature a full range of plug-ins including RX3, Ozone6, Komplete and Speakerphone.
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?
We’ve structured the course to build up your skills during your time with us and you’ll learn everything you need to know to be career-ready upon graduation. You’ll explore the ins and out of industry as 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.
However, we know 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?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry. You’ll also engage with our dynamic programme of visiting lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry.
Previous live-industry briefs 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.
You’ll study in a close-knit tutor group where everyone’s input is recognised and valued. Not only will you make friends for life, you’ll also make important connections that will last through your career, and you’ll form a network, just like you’d find in the working-world.
A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.
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: 32 - 56
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
Year 2 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 3 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 4 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)
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 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
- music hardware and software support