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Got a passion for music production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Solent University? This year-long popular music production foundation programme is structured to equip you with the broad range of production skills you’ll need to progress onto a full degree. Students will spend the year building production skills and industry awareness, working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment. Available facilities include: five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HD and NI Komplete, three ICON DCommand worksurfaces, an analog studio with Audient ASP8024, outboards 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. Students are encouraged to pursue industry work experience throughout the course, and Solent University is ideally located for students to take advantage of the city’s thriving music scene. In the second semester, students will have the opportunity to tailor the course to their own career ambitions, undertaking an assessed live sound production, studio recording project or music production project. Students build a broad knowledge of music production, studio recording and live sound engineering. If you successfully complete the foundation year, you automatically progress onto the BSc (Hons) Popular Music Production course.
FOUNDATION MODULES Introduction to Popular Music Introduction to Digital Music Introduction to Popular Music Performance Music Industry Pathway Project Major Project If you successfully complete the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BSc (Hons) Popular Music Production degree course. The following is the list of modules currently studied on the degree. Please note that these may change. 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 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 year) Surround Mixing Live Event Technology Experimental Music Production
Assessment is through coursework, practical production projects, group and individual projects, seminar presentations, portfolio creation and reflective writing.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|A level||DD||From two completed A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing , speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. If you are applying for a visa, you must have taken your IELTS at a registered SELT centre if studying below degree level.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||71||71 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component. Please note that TOEFL is only valid for EU students.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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.
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