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Southampton Solent University

Popular Music Production (International Foundation Year - September start)

UCAS Code: W34C

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

From 2 A levels or equivalent international qualification

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Popular music

Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of our degree programmes.

Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies.

Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study.

Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area.

Successful completion of the International foundation year will provide a pathway to the Popular Music Production degree.

Suitable for both schooled and self-taught producers of all skill levels, Southampton Solent University’s popular music production programme combines technical learning with an in-depth study of the history, context and theory behind contemporary music production.

Students will build the required skills by working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment including:

five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HDX and NI Komplete,

three ICON DCommand worksurfaces,

an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,

outboard by Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio,

microphones by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Rode,

plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox,

Yamaha M7 and LS9 digital live mixers,

and a Music Technology Lab with 25 Apple Macs, Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius.

Past students have benefitted from the course team’s excellent links to industry by attending guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have included Mike Moran, composer; Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Gary Langhan, sound engineer; and Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music.

Students will also be able to tailor the course to their own interests through optional projects and units in the second and third years. These units can help to inform your career and ensure that your technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry.

Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles at record labels, post-production studios, and film and television companies.

Modules

Following your foundation year, you will study: Year one: CORE UNITS *Introduction to Studio Recording 1 *Introduction to Studio Recording 2 *History of Music Production *Creative Electronic Sound *Popular Music in Context *Understanding the Music Industries. Year two: CORE UNITS *Advanced Studio Recording 1 *Advanced Studio Recording 2 *The Art of Music Production 1 *The Art of Music Production 2 *Live Music Production *Music Business Networking. OPTIONS *Noise Annoys: Experiments and Alternatives in Popular Music *Songwriting Techniques *Experimental Music Production *Advanced Live Music Production *Music and Audio Post-Production *Urban and Electronic Music Genre Studies *Pop, Politics and Protest. Year three: CORE UNITS *Advanced Studio Recording 3 *Music Strategies and Career Building *Major Project: Popular Music Production *Live Project Brief. For a complete list of units, please visit the website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Southampton Solent University

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Popular music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C
286

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Customer service occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£15k

£18k

£18k

£21k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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