Popular Music Production Solent University (Southampton)

Undergraduate

Awarded by: Southampton Solent University

Looking to start a career in live or studio music production? Suitable for both schooled and self-taught producers of all skill levels, Southampton Solent University’s popular music production programme combines technical learning with an in-depth study of the history, context and theory behind contemporary music production.

Students will build the required skills by working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment including:

five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HDX and NI Komplete,

three ICON DCommand worksurfaces,

an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,

outboard by Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio,

microphones by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Rode,

plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox,

Yamaha M7 and LS9 digital live mixers,

and a Music Technology Lab with 25 Apple Macs, Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius.

Past students have benefitted from the course team’s excellent links to industry by attending guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have included Mike Moran, composer; Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Gary Langhan, sound engineer; and Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music.

Students will also be able to tailor the course to their own interests through optional projects and units in the second and third years. These units can help to inform your career and ensure that your technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry.

Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles at record labels, post-production studios, and film and television companies.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Modules

Year one
Core units

Introduction to Studio Recording 1 Introduction to Studio Recording 2 History of Music Production Creative Electronic Sound Music Perspectives Creative Music Industries

Year two
Core units

Advanced Studio Recording 1 Advanced Studio Recording 2 The Art of Music Production 1 The Art of Music Production 2 Live Music Production Music Business Networking

Options

Noise Annoys: Experiments and Alternatives in Popular Music Songwriting Techniques Experimental Music Production Introduction to Experimental Music Performance Advanced Live Music Production Creative Sound Design Music and Sound for Games Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Advanced Music Production Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship Major Project Live Project Brief

Options

Film Music Songwriting Portfolio Experimental Music Production Experimental Music Performance Advanced Live Music Production Advanced Mixing and Mastering Creative Sound Design Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

Coursework such as essays, practical production projects, group and individual projects and seminar presentations, portfolios and reflective writing.


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 code W34D
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton 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 Southampton 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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification.
Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year.
We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.
AS In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications
HNC (BTEC) P - D
HND (BTEC) P - M
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6)

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

• Level 5 (year 2) entry

To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

• Level 6 (year 3) entry

To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.