Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

Digital Music with Foundation Year in Popular Music

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Course summary

Got a passion for music production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Solent University? This year-long popular music production foundation programme is structured to equip you with the broad range of production and performance skills you’ll need to progress onto a full degree. This course enables students from widely varied backgrounds and with varying aspirations, to develop their music production and performance skills, whilst helping to acclimatise to the ethos and expectations associated with higher education study in general, and study at undergraduate level. Throughout their studies, students will have access to a range of contemporary, industry-standard software and plugins including; Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools and Native Instruments’ Komplete. Students also enjoy access to our professional recording studios, acoustically treated workstations, DJ equipment/facilities, music labs, and instrumental practice rooms. Students build a broad knowledge of music production, studio recording and live sound engineering. What does this course lead to? On completion of the foundation year you choose to progress onto the BA (Hons) Digital Music degree. Who is this course for? Students who are new to music production/music performance or those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate music production degree will benefit most from the foundation programme.

Course details


FOUNDATION MODULES Digital Music (Introduction) Popular Music Production (Introduction) Musicianship Music Industries Music in Context Major Project Successful completion of the foundation year will see you automatically progress onto the BA (Hons) Digital Music degree where you will study the following modules: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Digital Music Production and Composition 1 Digital Music Production and Composition 2 Studio Practice Electronic Music in Context (Historical) Artist Development 1 - The Music Industries Digital Music Live 1 - Creation YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Mixing Artist Development 2: Branding and Self-Release Digital Music Live 2: Performance Electronic Music in Context (Contemporary) Music and Sound for Film YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Digital DJing Music and Sound for Games YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Digital Music Final Major Project Artist Development 3: Industry Portfolio Artist Development 4: Networking and Promotion Collaborative Project YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year). Advanced Mixing and Mastering Surround Mixing

Assessment method

This largely practical course is mostly assessed through music-related projects with accompanying reports; though also incorporates presentations, love performances and portfolios (where applicable).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. This must be a Secure English Language Test (SELT)

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend 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 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £12400 Year 1
International £12400 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12400 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Digital Music with Foundation Year in Popular Music at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS