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Course summary

In the UK, we listen to an estimated 60 billion hours of music a year. That’s the equivalent of 7 million years – as long as humans have existed. As a musician producer, you will already be one of the 5 million people who regularly create music, or one of the 9 million who have previously done so. The FdA Music will provide you with an experience through which you will develop your potential, further your knowledge and refine your skills. What you will study This course aims to expose students to the diverse nature of the challenges faced by those who take on the role of music producer. The working producer may encounter different studio environments, different technologies, different client demands and many different forms of music. Therefore, students seeking a career in this role should prepare to develop skills that are entrepreneurial, freelance and independent; flexible to the needs of clients, creative and contributory with an awareness of culture, and firmly based in theory, practice, and later, experience. To this end, students will be studying a specialist programme focused on music production that offers a broad but interconnected selection of units. This course offers students opportunities to explore old and new technologies, different music forms, recording as documentary, sound as a function within other media artefacts, and music and sound as art and performance (commercial and otherwise). We believe that the ‘craft skills’ of music production and the identity of the music producer should be founded on knowledge and learning through practical application. As part of this course, and in replication of the ’real world’ students will find themselves collaborating with their peers from other disciplines (Dance, Film and Events departments) to complete project work that places the music producer in a role that is less central than that experienced in the recording industry. There will be opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning to assure preparation for the wider artistic climate and the development of a clear perception of the role of the sound producer / practitioner within different contexts. The self-confidence required to contribute to collaborative, time-bound creative projects is developed through a secure understanding of the equipment, its function and application, and repeated practice in the working environment. Students will therefore be supported in the development of their strengths, the improvement of their weaknesses and the creation of new opportunities through exposure to a wide range of teaching methods, studio experiences, staff expertise and visiting professionals. By the end of the course you will be able to... • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the intellectual, imaginative and practical skills needed for the creation of music and in response to briefs where music is required to meet a client’s need. • Demonstrate and articulate your understanding of the relationships between different genres, trends and histories and a clear sense of where your own professional strengths lie and how you intend to launch your career in the industry. • Communicate your ideas both in both a verbal and practical way. • Articulate your understanding of the complex nature of music production, the forms that this may take and the target audience that you wish to reach. • Collaborate with others effectively in the realisation of a performative and/or participative event within or across disciplines. • Extend academic learning as an independent, self-reflective and creative practitioner, fully prepared for professional environments or postgraduate study. Applicants should note that this course is taught at Bournemouth and Poole College, North Road Campus.


Modules within the course will cover the following topics: Record Production, Synthesis, Production Project, Music for Media, Analogue Recording, Audio Electronics, Experimental Sound and Music, Live Sound and Music, Music Technology in Performance, Personal Research Project.

Assessment method

Summative Assignments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are not in a position to sponsor students who would require a student visa to study this course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5 in each section.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £7250 Year 1
England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1
Channel Islands £7250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that we are not able to sponsor applicants who would require a visa to undertake this course. Please also note that accommodation is not available for this course and students would need to source their own accommodation.

Sponsorship information

Students can also apply for an Higher Education Bursary, full details of eligibility and evidence required, can be found with the online application, available here:

Music and Sound Production at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS