Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Music (Production) with Integrated Foundation Year

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Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year course supports access to higher education. It will help you build the core and specialist skills you’ll need for degree-level study. It focusses on the development of relevant and sustainable skills required by musicians and entrepreneurs of the 21st century. If you are taking on a subject that you are yet to study in depth, have been out of education for while or just need some support in preparing to study at a higher level, then the Integrated Foundation Year course could be for you. You will have the chance to explore your creativity, expand professional skills, improve study skills, and develop a deeper knowledge of the area you want to study. The degree course for serious music producers. If you’re a producer looking for a course that gives you the skills for a successful career in music, then the BA (Hons) Professional Music (Production) degree course is for you. It’s been designed to provide you with the tools and motivation you’ll need to fulfil your music goals, realise your professional ambition and create consistently high-quality musical output. And like all degree courses at WaterBear, it gives you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge a solid career in music. As an audio producer, it’s all about developing the technical skills required to unlock creative potential. It’s also about working collaboratively and developing the confidence and ability to communicate what’s in your head. You’ll be able to access a wide range of content, resources and tuition to suit your individual needs. All online content from our full range of courses is accessible to everyone, so you can tailor your own learning journey. This course is taught at WaterBear in Sheffield, and awarded by Falmouth University.


This course is designed to include an introductory one year lead-in programme prior to starting your specialist degree. In The Integrated Foundation Year, you will study core modules that focus on music and industry practice. It is embedded as part of the BA(Hons) Professional Music degree, preparing you for progression to degree-level study. The course encourages creativity, collaboration, and personal development. You will study technical skills, how to think and work creatively in a collaborative environment and how to apply your skills practically. You will develop critical thinking and research skills and develop a wider understanding of popular music and its importance culturally and contextually. Whether you are a music performer, songwriter, audio producer, electronic artist, DJ or music business entrepreneur. You will improve your technical abilities and develop your specialism. You will be working individually and collaboratively to create and present your creations in a group environment to develop live performance techniques, be it music or presenting ideas. You will explore style and genre and develop a wider knowledge of music as a source of income with a focus on what it means to have a DIY approach, including the use of technology in developing brand. Overall, this course is about preparing you to be part of the 21st century music industry. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in music and the industry. It will expand your options and push you to create high-quality music. Every week, you’ll hone audio production skills, sound engineering techniques, compositional skills, and expand your creativity. You’ll be able to showcase your music live on stage in a real music venue, or in the studio. And you’ll learn all you need to know about the realities of being a professional producer in today’s music industry. This course has been specifically designed for: · Audio producers · Studio engineers · Multi-instrumentalists Every producer at WaterBear has their own story to tell and their own path to follow. We provide a supportive, safe environment for you to experiment and create. You'll also develop a tailored career plan to support your personal goals and ambitions. Year Two Modules: Your Music Production Your Music Industry Original Music Production Your Strategy Year Three Modules: Your Style Your Events Innovation in Music Production Year Four Modules: Specialist Report Your Working Life Professional Project Course structure and modules may change as part of our regular review processes. Any changes affecting students’ expected programme delivery are communicated in advance.

Assessment method

For the Integrated Foundation Year, module assessment methods will vary depending on the subject matter and will include a blend of practical and written assessment, and portfolio submission.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

We regret that this course is not available to international applicants who would require a Student Visa. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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Professional Music (Production) with Integrated Foundation Year at Falmouth University - UCAS