Prepare for a career as a commercial music producer, equipped with the latest techniques and experience in a range of music production equipment, with our degree course in Cambridge. As a student at ARU you'll create a diverse portfolio of work that will prepare you for the modern collaborative creative industries, whether you want to perform as a DJ, produce and release your own music, or create soundtracks for films and games. Our BA (Hons) Music Production degree will allow you access to industry-standard equipment for recording, mixing, editing and production, giving you valuable practice in working as a professional producer at the same time as developing your skills in critical listening, and your historical knowledge of music production. Many of your modules will be shared with our other music courses, giving you the chance to collaborate with different students and develop all-important skills for your professional life, such as teamworking and time management. You’ll also have opportunities to work with students on our film and computer game degrees, creating soundtracks for their projects. In Year 2, you’ll broaden your understanding of the modern music industry by seeking and completing a placement in an area of your own interest. This will also help you learn to self-evaluate your transferable and employability skills and develop them further. Our optional modules will allow you to shape our music production course for your chosen career. For example, Audio for Film or Audio for Games will develop your competence in production sound recording, sound effect creation, alongside specialist skills like automated dialogue replacement or production of non-linear interactive experiences. Professional facilities All our music students have access to:
- Five climate-controlled recording studios featuring analogue-digital hybrid studio set ups and two mixing suites, all equipped with Pro Tools, Logic and outboard hardware recording equipment (Neve, Universal Audio, Audient, SSL); and an audio-visual studio
- A spacious recital hall, band rooms and practice rooms
- Electronic and orchestral instruments; five grand pianos, including a Steinway Model D; synthesisers; traditional instruments from India, China and Africa; a Balinese Gamelan
- An impressive inventory of professionally rated microphones and recording equipment
- Podcast and video capture system
Year 1 core modules: Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education. Year 2 core modules: Music in Context; Dots, Lines and Waves - Songwriting 1; Studio Techniques; Music Performance 1. Year 3 core modules: Chords, Contours and Grooves - Songwriting 2; Ruskin Module. Year 3 optional modules: Audio for Film; Audio for Games; Composition and Orchestration; Principles of Music Therapy; Music Business; Music Performance 2; Music Industry. Year 4 core modules: Final Project; Collaborative Project; Portfolio. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Our open assessment tasks will challenge you to come up with your own creative responses, giving you space for active and creative rehearsals, collaborative experimentation and the development of your own independent work. You’ll also be assessed using different methods and strategies that reflect the wide variety of activities involved in music-making. As well as creative projects, these might include presentations/performance; essays; analytical work; portfolio development; and written and practical exams.
How to apply
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The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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