Solent University (Southampton)

Digital Music with Foundation Year in Popular Music Production Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Southampton Solent University

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Got a passion for music production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Southampton Solent University? This year-long popular music production foundation programme is structured to equip you with the broad range of production skills you’ll need to progress onto a full degree.

Students will spend the year building production skills and industry awareness, working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment. Available facilities include:

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

three ICON DCommand worksurfaces,

an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,

outboards 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.

Students are encouraged to pursue industry work experience throughout the course, and Southampton Solent University is ideally located for students to take advantage of the city’s thriving music scene.

In the second semester, students will have the opportunity to tailor the course to their own career ambitions, undertaking an assessed live sound production, studio recording project or music production project.

Successful completion of the Popular Music Production foundation year will provide a pathway to the Digital Music degree.

BA (Hons) Digital Music is an innovative and unique course that focuses on the production of contemporary dance music such as house, drum’n’bass, trance, techno, bassline, grime, hip-hop, electronica, and DJing. As a student, you’ll learn to take your production skills to a high professional level so that you can release your music through labels, or perform live for audiences at clubs and festivals.

You’ll also learn how to apply these production skills to the film and games industries, thereby widening your employment opportunities.

Under the guidance of practising producers, composers, musicians and DJs you’ll study digital music composition; production; sound design; audio engineering; sound editing; music and sound design for film and games; digital DJing and the live performance of digital music.

Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) Digital Music course offers students the chance to develop their digital music production skills and apply them in a range of relevant contexts. Whether they are hoping to build a career creating sound effects for games and animations, producing songs and mixes for live performance or working with directors to score films and TV programmes, this course offers students the broad range of skills required to succeed.

Learners build these skills through regular use of industry-standard hardware. Available hardware includes:

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

three ICON DCommand worksurfaces,

an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,

outboards 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.

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

Course details

Modules

Following your foundation year, you will study: Year oneCore unitsMusic Theory for Digital MusiciansCreative Music IndustriesDigital Music Production (Audio)Digital Music Production (Synthesis)Electronic Music in Context (Historical)Introduction to Studio Recording 2Year two
Core unitsSonic Manipulation: Mixing and MasteringElectronic Music in Context (Contemporary)Digital Music LiveMusic and Sound Design for FilmOptionsSongwriting TechniquesMusic and Sound for GamesDigital DjingExperimental Music ProductionCreative Sound DesignPlease note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.Year threeCore unitsMajor ProjectCollaborative ProjectIndustry PortfolioMusic Strategies and EntrepreneurshipOptionsAdvanced Mixing and Mastering Songwriting PortfolioFestival CulturesFilm MusicExperimental MusicAdvanced Music ProductionCreative Sound Design*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


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 W301
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in 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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level DD From two completed A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) PPP
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) MM
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) MP
AS In combination with other qualifications.
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM
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) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A

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.


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.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN


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Clearing Hotline Opening Hours 5/7/2019 - 14/8/2019 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30 pm Friday, Thursday 15 Aug: 7.30am to 7.30pm Friday 16 Aug: 7.30 am to 6.30pm Saturday 17 Aug: 9 am to 5 pm 19/8/2019 - 20/09/2019 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30 pm Friday


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