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Newcastle College University Centre

Music Production

UCAS Code: W300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Please e-mail undergraduate@ncl-coll.ac.uk

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C (4) or higher in Maths and English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

Scottish Higher

C,C

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music production

This new degree is aimed at a very wide range of practitioner from DJs, Electronic Music Producers, Hip-Hop and Grime Producers to more traditional Band Music Producers and Studio & Live Sound Engineers. You will have the choice to specialise in a pathway relevant to your industry needs. The Electronic Music Production pathway embeds Electronic Music Production, Performance and DJing modules combined. We cover all aspects of the Electronic Music Sphere, from Hip-Hop to Grime, from House to Techno, from Drum and Bass to Breakcore or if you are a ‘cross over’ electronic musician, you can develop additional electronic music skills by utilising our state of the art electronic music equipment. This aspect of the course is reflective of Newcastle’s strong roots within the electronic music industry. Our specialist course tutors have up-to-date knowledge and decades of expertise in the field. This experience will be embedded into your learning sessions helping you develop further as a serious electronic musician, DJ and performer. We have developed strong links with publications such as DJ Mag, local and international nightclubs, international DJs and record labels all with the expertise to help you stand out from the crowd as a producer or electronic music performer. Course tutors will help you harness your passion and creativity, as well as offering advice and guidance in starting up your own record label or working with our ‘in house’ Push Puzzle Records, releasing tracks, promoting events and not forgetting the commercial aspect of making it as an electronic musician or performer. The pathway in Music Technology, Production & Sound Engineering uses our professional standard recording studios and music venues in which to build your technical knowledge and practical music production skills into a professional standard craft. As part of the course you will engage in practical workshops which will investigate historical and contemporary music production techniques and practices across many different genres. These will range from traditional, contemporary and experimental microphone placement techniques through to the recording, editing, mixing and manipulation of sound sources, all the way to the mastering process and release of product. This will be realised via the latest Digital Audio Workstation software packages and virtual studio equipment plug-ins. You’ll learn how to plan, organise, manage and successfully complete production sessions and projects through quality control, budgeting and effective communication. Through engagement with our own in-house record label, Push Puzzle Records, you will learn how the role of a music producer fits into the wider music industry. Live Sound Engineering focuses on the live music and sound reinforcement industry. This side of the music industry has grown in importance and size following recent changes in how the music industry operates and career opportunities are many and varied. The College works closely with many industry professionals who regularly give guest lectures. We also have established links with local employers who operate at regional, national and international levels. As a sound engineering student you will have access to high quality industry standard 200 capacity music venue with both analogue and digital mixing consoles and a full separate monitoring system and a fully equipped theatre space for special events and project work. Previous students within the subject areas have progressed into the commercial music industry as DJ's, Producer, recording artist, music teacher, music lecturer, music journalist, acoustics engineer (architectural and studio acoustic design), studio recording engineer, live sound engineer, electronics, and software and hardware designer. You also may chose to go onto further study via a PGSE or Masters qualification.

Modules

Year One: Core Modules: Production Analysis, Industry Studies. Electronic Music Pathway Modules: Electronic Music Production, DJ and Electronic Music Performance, Introduction to Synthesis and Sound Design, MIDI and Analogue Devices, Electronic Audio Techniques. Music Production and Sound Engineering Pathway Modules: Audio Production, Sound Reinforcement, Work Experience, Equipment Maintenance Skills, Studio and Venue Acoustics. Year Two: Project Planning and Creative Project. Electronic Music Pathway Modules: Remixing, Events and Performance, Modular Synthesis, Mastering and Audio Recording for Electronic Musicians. Music Production and Sound Engineering: Advanced Audio/Media Production, Advanced Live Audio Production, Sound Experimentation, Electronics, Rigging for Live Sound or Music Theory for Producers. Year Three Core Modules: Major Project and Music Entrepreneur. Electronic Music Pathway Modules: Live Electronic Music, Creative Composition Portfolio. Music Production and Sound Engineering Pathway Modules: Applied Audio Techniques and Professional Profile Building.

Assessment methods

You will learn via lectures, seminars, group work and practical based projects. You will be assessed by in-class assessments, project work and a written portfolio.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Newcastle College University Centre

Department:

Music and Performing/Production Arts

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