Popular Music Production (RESONANCE - DUDLEY) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A COURSE WHICH WILL BE STUDIED AT RESONANCE Looking to start a career in music and sound production? Whatever your background, in partnership with Solent University, Resonance’s popular music production programme will enable you to deepen your skills in a wide range of areas – preparing you for a fantastic career as a music producer of the future. The course explores three main areas of study: technical and musical foundations, music and sound production in studio and live settings, and employability in the music industry. These varied subjects enable you to gain a broad understanding of the industry, so when you graduate you’ll be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to kick-start your career. Student learning is aided by access to our industry standard facilities. These include 3 state of the art recording studios (networked via DANTE, running Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Studio One and Ableton), a range of mixing workstations, and a Production Lab with 18 Apple/Focusrite/Novation workstations. You’ll also have access to 8 large rehearsal rooms with fully equipped with backline and PA systems, as well as 6 fully soundproofed individual practice rooms. The curriculum is delivered by an experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with professional experience in performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design and the business and culture of music production. All of our Staff are actively engaged industry practitioners. Thanks to the Resonance’s close links with industry, you will have the opportunity to attend weekly guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have recently included: John Waugh (The 1975), Dexter Wansel (Grammy award winning artist), Sheena Sear & Mark Stuart (M2 Studios), Tim Carrol (CEO Focusrite), John Daily (DeFacto Marketing), Richard Taylor (Musical Director for Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Emin, Nile Rogers and many more…), Sam Dorrance (Touring Artist), Brendon Riley (Touring Backline Technician) Steve Smith (Marshall), Creative Technology, Alex Hutchings (Touring Session Musician at Composer), Genevieve Little (Touring Artist), Jamie Franklin (Artist Relations at Roland) and many more… Resonance is based at Cable Plaza, part of the spectacular Waterfront complex in Brierley Hill, just over half an hour from Birmingham City Centre. The brand-new, purpose-built facilities are outstanding, providing everything an ambitious musician, producer, composer, teacher and entrepreneur would need to excel in their studies. Our local live music venues include; Red By Night, KK Steel Works, The Robin 2, Symphony Hall, Birmingham O2. What does this course lead to? This course may lead to work in diverse areas such as live sound, game audio, recording studios, film and television sound, and technical support. Who is this course for? Resonance’s music production programme is ideally suited to students who want to combine that unique mix of technical and musical skills, while developing an understanding of the industries that await them. Applicants should previously have studied music technology or a related subject, or be able to demonstrate some music making experience.


YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Principles of Sound Introduction to Studio Recording 1 Principles of Music Introduction to Studio Recording 2 Creative Music Industries Sampling Synthesis and Midi YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Advanced Studio Recording 1 Advanced Studio Recording 2 Creative Sound Design Live Music Production Music Portfolio Careers YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Advanced Live Music Production Music and Sound for Games YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Major Project Advanced Music Production Live Project Brief YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Surround Mixing Live Event Technology Live Sound Technology Experimental Music Production

Assessment method

This course is assessed via recordings, presentations, written assignments, a live event portfolio, a website or blog, and one timed technical assessment. There may also be video presentations or other forms negotiated with your tutor.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)80with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

Solent University can also accept the following English Language Test: Duolingo English Language Test 115 overall with a minimum of 95 in each component. All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Popular Music Production (RESONANCE - DUDLEY) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS