BA (Hons) Music Production and Business with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: NJ24
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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If you’d like to become a record producer, production company manager, studio engineer, sound designer, or even a recording artist, this course will prepare you for a career in music and entertainment.
Substantial time will be spent in the studio where you’ll learn about audio applications and explore a number of processing techniques. You’ll develop relevant management skills and a firm understanding of the music business, helping you to leave BNU ready to hit the ground running in this competitive, exciting and rewarding industry.
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Why study this subject?

Opportunities in the UK music industry are plentiful – the 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).

A degree in Music Production and Business means that you can combine your love of music with sound business practice, opening up a world of opportunities for you.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied with us, you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers.

You'll have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange in your second year with one of our partner institutions based in the USA, Holland and Sweden, all of whom have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.

You’ll be able to take advantage of BNU's strong industry links to find excellent work experience opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies like Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.

Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses ensuring you graduate with up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.

All our music degrees at Buckinghamshire New University come with membership of UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP).

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?

We have extensive and advance industry standard recording facilities at BNU including three recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms as well as three professional edit suites.

In the studio we’ll teach you how to use Pro Tools professionally and look at how music is evolving through advanced technologies. You’ll develop an understanding of studio hardware, microphone characteristics, sound capture and mixing. We’ll also look at stereo effects, ambient techniques, composition and structure. The growing area of sound design and music for film, animation, games and other media forms is also addressed.

Our combined approach will allow you to pursue your chosen production style and maximise the potential of technology and acoustically treated environments.

 

What will I study?

The successful management of recording and production is still at the very heart of the UK music industry. During this course you’ll learn about the importance of intellectual property (the ownership of an idea) and develop a solid understanding of how to negotiate contracts. This  will ensure you know how a real living can be made within the music industry.

You’ll learn about the unique nature of dealing with recording artists and how to maximise the potential of compositions with a variety of recording techniques. Additionally, we'll also spend time focusing on a number of DIY approaches to the music business.

This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You’ll learn creative strategies, how to follow market trends and seek opportunities within them. These skills will enable you to enter the industry as a self-employed freelancer or to launch your own music venture.

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.

A variety of assessment formats will be used throughout the course, including in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focused, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

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Placements Plus

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.

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BA (Hons) Music Production and Business Programme Specification

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 admissions@bucks.ac.uk

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

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

Music Cultures

Principles of Marketing

Year 3 Modules

Recording and Mixing Techniques

Sound Design for Moving Image

Creative Audio Production

Sound for Moving Image: Production Project

IP and the Music Industry

Introduction to Research Methods

Music Entrepreneur

Year 4 Modules

Professional Production Project

Spatial Audio Design

Sound Design: Collaboration Projects

3D Audio in Music

A&R Delivering Content for the Music Industry

Placement Plus (optional)

Dissertation (optional)

Social Media Marketing

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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 BA (Hons) Music Production and Business course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in areas such as:

  • Setting up your own production company
  • Music production for music charts
  • Production company management
  • Artist management
  • Performance
  • Film advertising.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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