Electronic Music Production (Level 6 Top-Up) at Falmouth University - UCAS

Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Electronic Music Production (Level 6 Top-Up)

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If you have a Foundation degree or HND in any area of music production, then we offer the opportunity to top up your qualification to a full BA (Hons) undergraduate degree with one further year of study. Our Top Up Year pathway provides an excellent opportunity to turn your Foundation degree or HND into a full BA (Hons) undergraduate degree in Electronic Music Production. If you’ve enjoyed learning the foundations of music production and music technology, this Top Up Year allows you to focus in on the area you are most interested in and develop those skills and knowledge to a professional level. During this intense 1 year course, you will complete a creative dissertation as well as a large-scale practical project of your choice, utilising our industry-standard facilities and amazing teaching staff during your studies. By the time you graduate, you will be capable of professional-grade work and have mastered the techniques required to pursue a career in the music industry as a producer or sound engineer. This pathway provides the perfect end to undergraduate studies for students who have a passion for making music in a variety of contexts. This course is taught by dBs and awarded by Falmouth University.


Innovation: Exploration This is the first of two modules that run consecutively over two semesters. Exposing you to the rich and diverse history of innovation in sound and music, you will be encouraged to push your own sonic and technical boundaries with the aim of creating a space for creativity and innovation to flourish. You will be introduced to a wide range of new concepts and will learn how to embrace and apply creative risk, looking at the potential benefits of incorporating this into your commercial and artistic public profile. You will explore innovative compositional skills and fresh perspectives on sound and music working towards a portfolio of practical work. Professional Portfolio: Development This is the second of two modules that run consecutively over two semesters. It will allow you to focus on your specialist area of practice by conducting self-directed planning and development towards a final major production work aimed at commercial consumption. At this stage of your Top Up Year, you will be conducting research relating to your area of focus, enhancing your existing practical skills that you may form part of your production process, and presenting comprehensive research material to your peers for critical discussion, thereby outlining your plans and commercial direction. Investigation Plan, develop and propose a research project within sound and/or music. Building on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in your Foundation degree or HND, you will identify an area to specialise in, culminating in a research project to be undertaken in semester 2. Research Project Undertake, manage and deliver a research project within sound and/or music. You will fulfil the methods, aims and objectives set out within your extended research proposal formulated in the Investigation module in semester 1 and deliver either a written research project or a practical research project that includes a final product with written evidence of supporting research materials. Innovation: Realisation Drawing on the explorations you developed in semester 1, you will apply innovative skills and practices towards the realisation of a large-scale, practical project. Alongside this, you will examine commercial revenue streams associated with innovation in sound and the means by which you can develop your practice in the professional arena. This is an opportunity to develop your own unique practice in new ways and, as such, you are encouraged to approach the module with an open mind, remaining receptive to unexplored creative and technical approaches within your work. Professional Portfolio: Delivery In semester 2, you will perform the role of project manager, ensuring the development and realisation of a substantial portfolio of work that builds on the foundations of the development and planning completed in semester 1. You will produce practical work that utilises your specialist creative and technical skills established throughout your Foundation degree and this Top Up Year, while developing new and advanced techniques to bring forward a substantial body of creative work to a professional standard, suitable for commercial consumption. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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.

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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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Electronic Music Production (Level 6 Top-Up) at Falmouth University - UCAS