University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Popular Music/Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production

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With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects and depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree. Joint honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

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Course details


  • As a Joint Honours student you will take three modules from each subject for each stage of this course.
  • Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a wide range of options.
Popular Music: STAGE 1: • DAW 1 (compulsory) (20 Credits) • Popular Music Studies 1 (Compulsory) (20 Credits) • Performance 1 (compulsory) (20 Credits) STAGE 2: • The Creative Practitioner (Designated) (20 Credits) • Performance 2 (Designated) (20 Credits) • How Music Works (Designated) (20 Credits) • Composition and Theory 2 (Designated) (20 Credits) • Cultural Theory 2 (Designated) (20 Credits) • Performance with Technology (Designated) (20 Credits) • DAW 2: Synthesis (Part 1) (Designated) (10 Credits) • DAW 2: Sampling (Part 2) (Designated) (10 Credits) OPTIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR
  • The Placement Year Experience: Organisations in Context (Compulsory) (40 Credits)
STAGE 3: • Professional Project 40 (Designated for mj) (40 Credits) • Professional Project 20 (Designated for jt) (20 Credits) • Popular Music Dissertation (Designated Mj) (40 Credits) • Popular Music Short Dissertation (Designated jt) (20 Credits) • Popular Music Joint Interdisciplinary Dissertation (Designated jt) (20 Credits) • Pop and the State (Designated) (20 Credits) • The Philosophy of Music (designated) (20 Credits) • Music and Sound Design for Media (designated) (20 Credits) • Performance 3 (designated) (20 Credits) • Music Education (designated) (20 Credits) • Advanced Recording and Production: Client Demos (Part 1) (designated) (20 Credits) • Advanced Recording and Production: Final Product (Part 2) (designated) (20 Credits) Module information is quoted for 21/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are expected to be able to play at least one instrument at least at grade 3 standard

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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

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Popular Music/Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production at University of Northampton - UCAS