Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East London

BA (Hons) Creative Music Production

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course is a thorough, well-rounded exploration of both the practical and theoretical aspects of music production, and has been specifically designed for those looking to launch a career as a professional music producer. Over the three years of the course, our expert tutors – who are all successful music producers and musicians in their own right – will guide you through the exciting world of music production in studio, live and digital music making settings. You’ll learn to create, produce and launch market-ready original music, while developing your industry-relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills at the same time. During your time on the course, you’ll gain many practical music production skills, such as a proficient working knowledge of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Melodyne and iZotope. On top of this, you’ll learn how microphones work, how to use PAs, how to record a variety of different instruments to get professional results, how to use a mixing desk and how to master, among many other abilities. The course will push you out of your creative comfort zone, with regular opportunities to write and compose to brief, explore new styles and genres, and collaborate with the wider ICMP community – made up of both fellow music production students, and vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players and songwriters also studying at ICMP. You’ll also cover basic music theory and music ’s historical and cultural place in the world, and will develop the ability to analyse and critique music from an academic perspective. There will be plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the music industry via a series of real-world music business events, guest lectures, masterclasses and more, so you’ll leave ICMP with a solid understanding of how the music industry works and exactly what you need to do to progress your career in music production. Classes take place in ICMP’s high-tech Mac Labs, state-of- the-art recording studios and dedicated teaching spaces, using industry-standard hardware and software. All students can book ICMP’s amazing facilities for personal use outside of class hours, seven days a week, free of charge, meaning you’ll have ongoing access to the very best music production kit, including controllers and loop stations, vocal processors and effects pedals, instruments, PAs, microphones, mobile recording rigs, writing rooms, studios, and more. Our dedicated team at The Hub will provide you with a range of personalised opportunities and training throughout your time with us so you’ll graduate ‘career-ready ’. Creative Music Production degree students also have the opportunity to fulfil the role of Assistant Engineer in recording sessions in ICMP’s in- house studios. This course will prepare you for a career in music production, in roles such as producer, DJ, artist, composer, sound engineer and more.

Course details


Year 1 (level 4)

  • Digital Music Production Studio Recording and Engineering
  • Popular Music Debates
  • Creative Composition and Arrangement
Year 2 (level 5)
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Applied Songwriting
  • Writing About Music
  • Marketing and Monetising Your Music
  • Creative Live Sound Production
Year 3 (level 6)
  • Music For Multimedia
  • The Business of Music Production
  • Dissertation
- Professional Project

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW100
Institution code I25
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able to sponsor students that require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. For more information on the application process contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Taking a music degree course at ICMP makes financial sense, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also much lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun. For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

BA (Hons) Creative Music Production at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - UCAS