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Got a passion for music production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Southampton 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 Southampton 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. Successful completion of the Popular Music Production foundation year will provide a pathway to the Popular Music Production degree. Suitable for both schooled and self-taught producers of all skill levels, Southampton Solent University’s popular music production programme combines technical learning with an in-depth study of the history, context and theory behind contemporary music production. Students will build the required skills by working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment including: five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HDX and NI Komplete, three ICON DCommand worksurfaces, an analog studio with Audient ASP8024, outboard 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. Past students have benefitted from the course team’s excellent links to industry by attending guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have included Mike Moran, composer; Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Gary Langhan, sound engineer; and Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music. Students will also be able to tailor the course to their own interests through optional projects and units in the second and third years. These units can help to inform your career and ensure that your technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry. Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles at record labels, post-production studios, and film and television companies.
Following your foundation year, you will study: Year one Core units Introduction to Studio Recording 1 Introduction to Studio Recording 2 History of Music Production Creative Electronic Sound Music Perspectives Creative Music Industries Year two Core units Advanced Studio Recording 1 Advanced Studio Recording 2 The Art of Music Production 1 The Art of Music Production 2 Live Music Production Music Business Networking Options Noise Annoys: Experiments and Alternatives in Popular Music Songwriting Techniques Experimental Music Production Introduction to Experimental Music Performance Advanced Live Music Production Creative Sound Design Music and Sound for Games Languages Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year. Year three Core units Advanced Music Production Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship Major Project Live Project Brief Options Film Music Songwriting Portfolio Experimental Music Production Experimental Music Performance Advanced Live Music Production Advanced Mixing and Mastering Creative Sound Design Languages Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
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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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton 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 Southampton 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.
|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.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton 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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