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The key aims of the course are to develop a wide range of music production and performance skills, making use of technologies to compose, perform, record and produce original music. This will lead to a substantial portfolio of original work in performance, composition and production.
Throughout the course you'll develop your problem solving, listening and research skills and in turn you can direct these entrepreneurial abilities towards a productive freelance future.
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Why study this subject?
Considering a career as a music producer, performer, composer, researcher or educator?
By combining music production and performance you'll give yourself a unique blend of skills, opening up numerous career opportunities within the music industry. With the UK music industry alone contributing £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers, UK Music) there has never been a better time to follow your passion.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Studying with us means you'll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programme and you'll benefit from learning with a leading team of expert lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.
At the heart of this course is a commitment to preparing you for work in areas like studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music-related entrepreneurial ventures. The course offers a vibrant, innovative and engaging curriculum that delivers work-ready graduates who'll be equipped to compete in the national and international employment marketplace.
What facilities can I use?
We have extensive and advanced industry standard recording facilities at BNU, including three recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms, as well as three professional edit suites.
The course builds on existing department strengths and partnerships, including relationships with impressive industry names like Sennheiser and Focusrite.
What will I study?
This course will help you to develop many of the skills required by the creative industries, preparing you for life in music environments, such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music related entrepreneurial ventures.
On completion of this course you'll be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of music equipment and technology. Moreover, you'll have the intellectual curiosity and potential for continued artistic and creative development. These attributes will be demonstrated through your leadership, listening, critical reflection, teamwork, and organisational skills.
How will I be taught and assessed?
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.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or if you don't feel feel fully prepared for a degree course, you can apply for a four-year programme which includes 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
Professional Performance Context
Introduction to Recording
Introduction to Pro Tools
Live Sound 1
Live Sound 2
Professional Performance Reflection
Year 2 Modules
Professional Performance and Musicianship (optional)
Recording and Mixing Techniques
Creative Audio Production
Live Sound: Consoles and Sound Systems
Live Sound: Networks and RF
Introduction to Research Methods
Professional Performance Practice
Professional Performance Application (optional)
Year 3 Modules
Professional Performance Management
Production Production Project
Live Event Project
Professional Skills Audit
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.
By integrating studies in creative music practice, critical listening and audio production our BA (Hons) Music Production and Performance course will help you to understand the connections between these different activities and how they can be integrated into future careers as producers, performers, composers, researchers or educators.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.