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Does experimenting with sound recordings and music interest you? Electronic Music Production covers both essential and advanced production and composition techniques.
You will explore new methods of sound creation and manipulation using industry standard software. Develop your skills and understanding in this area, whilst bringing your ideas to life from demo to final output. Try your hand in everything from arranging to producing using our state-of-the-art facilities, such as audio suites.
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Why study this subject?
The UK music industry contributed £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers, UK Music) and employed an estimated 315,000 people in music, performing and visual arts (DCMS 2020).
From music producer to producing sound for film, apps and games, to artist, writer or programmer, electronic music production opens up a variety of opportunities in the industry.
You can combine your creativity and skills with the best equipment, teaching and hands on experience to follow your passion for a career in music.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU has been offering degrees in the music industry for 25 years, making us pioneers in the UK for this area. So, if you have an interest in electronic music production, and in particular a focus on DJ and live electronics performance technologies, BNU is the place for you.
Thanks to the broad range of creative courses here at BNU, the potential for cross-course interaction is vast. During your degree you will have the opportunity to work with Performing Arts students, and Film, TV and Animation students for a range of creative content creation.
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.
What facilities can I use?
You’ll record and produce audio in the Sennheiser Sound Lab. Our main studio 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?
During your time studying on this degree, content will cover both essential and advanced production and composition techniques. You will explore new methods of sound creation and manipulation using industry standard software.
You will also be provided with the opportunity to experiment with DJ and live electronic performance technologies, and a chance to develop your own production skillsets in synthesis and signal processing techniques, as well as refining your knowledge in recording, sampling and mixing audio.
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.
Teaching on this course will involve a substantial component of small-group teaching, meaning you will receive a personalised and hands-on education. Much of the teaching is an interactive process, with students, professional practitioner-teachers and academics gaining mutual benefit within a research and professional informed environment. The interaction between teaching, research and scholarship is a key element of our course.
You will also learn from a number of guest lecturers which are made up of individuals who work within the music industry in various guises. Practically speaking, on the course you will learn in our industry standard audio suites and make extensive use of all the equipment during your time here.
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?
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 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
Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Year 2 Modules
Audio Production Technologies
Introduction to Pro Tools
Introduction to Sampling and Synthesis
Entertainment Industry Framework
Introduction to Recording
Audio Production Practice
Electronic Music Production
The DIY Musician
Year 3 Modules
Recording & Mixing Techniques
Hip Hop Production
Sound Design for Moving Image
Creative Audio Production
Electronic Music Performance
Year 4 Modules
Live Events Project
Live Events Project: Experimental
Professional Skills Audit
Spatial Audio Design
Professional Production Project
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 Electronic Music Production course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in career pathways such as:
- Self-employed as professional DJs
- Recording Engineer
- Mix Engineer
- Studio Technician
- Radio Engineer
- Web Sound Technician
- Sound Editor
- Sound Technology Educator
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.