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University of Huddersfield

Creative Music Production

UCAS Code: A458

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

Entry requirements


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About this course


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Course option

1year

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

3 years | Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Others in technology

Music

Music production

Are you a musician who wants to harness technology as a creative tool? Do you enjoy using mixing desks and digital technology, not just to record but also to compose and create innovative new tracks? Our course gives you the chance to develop your skills by building a solid technical and creative foundation.Forget everything you know about music technology. We want to subvert the traditional way of thinking about music production and studio techniques to encourage new ways of working and unique creative skills. Looking at computer-based production youll have the chance to develop advanced techniques by working with tutors who are involved in the industry.The aim is to encourage you to unleash your creativity and express yourself through sound. Youll be able to use our professionally-equipped facilities, with lots of recording and composition studio space to choose from. Rest assured, we update our equipment regularly too, so youre kept up to date with the industry. While youre here youll have the chance to collaborate with other music makers. The course is a hive of creativity, and youll be working alongside classical and pop musicians, recording engineers, audio electronics experts and interface designers.You might even be able to work with some leading practitioners too. Weve previously hosted visits from producers Charlie Russell and Colin Elliot, as well as drummers Mike Heaton, Bill Bruford and Craig Blundell, guitarist Alex Hutchins and jazz saxophonists Snake Davis and Andy Scott. We have also hosted masterclasses and one-to-one advice sessions with electronic musician and DJ, Richie Hawtin.Every year youll be able to see contemporary music in action at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UKs largest contemporary music festival, and enjoy our label-defying Electric Spring festival, featuring artists like Robert Henke.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules: Introduction to Music Research; Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials; Desktop Music Production 1; Songwriting 1; Performance Skills 1. Option modules: choose one from a list which may include: Sonic Arts and Electronica 1; Theory and Analysis of Popular Music. Year 2 Core modules: Inside the Music Business; Studio Production and Spatial Recording Techniques; Desktop Music Production 2. Option modules: choose at least one from a list which may include: Performance Skills 2 (Minor); Performance Skills 2 (Major); Songwriting 2; Sonic Arts and Electronica 2. Plus up to two from a list which may include: Live Sound Year 2; Making Interactive Tools for Music and Audio; Critical Approaches to Recorded and Electronic Music; Production Analysis and Critical Listening for the Sound Engineer; Programming in C and Micrcrontrollers. Year 3 – optional placement year Industrial Placement. Final year Core module: Final Year Project; Empirical Musicologies 2: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study. Option modules: choose at least one from a list which may include: Explorations in World Musics 2; Researching Music, Technology and Performance; Music, Gender and Identity And choose up to two from a list which may include - Performance Skills 3 (Minor); Performance Skills 3 (Major); Advanced Interactive Tool Design for Music and Audio; Live Sound Final Year; Sound for Image B; Designing Audio Plugins - Effects and Synthesisers; Experimental Music 2; Work and Professional Practice in Music.

Assessment methods

Study and assessments will be based on your choice of modules; this can include performances, compositions, presentations, examinations, learning journals, portfolios, recitals, essays and technical documents. The final year large project is based on your choice of specialism.

Extra funding

Please see the University's webpage https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/musictechnologyscholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Music and Drama

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.

83%
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Music
83%
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Music production

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Music

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

91%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Others in technology

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.

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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
93%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Managers and directors in transport and logistics
11%
Functional managers and directors
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but over half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, in marketing, or in business were also popular — these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. Another degree that falls under this heading is in transport logistics (told you it was broad!), and those graduates did particularly well as our whole just-in-time retail economy really needs good logistics skills - and graduates with those qualifications are in serious shortage. But your prospects do depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.

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.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
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.

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Music production

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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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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