Solent University (Southampton)

Popular Music Production (Top-Up) Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Southampton Solent University


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Got a passion for the latest music technology? Hoping to pursue a career as a live or studio sound technician? This intensive popular music production programme will allow you to top-up your existing music production qualifications into a full honours degree in just one year. Students spend the year working on both studio recording and live sound production techniques while undertaking intensive academic study of music history, popular culture and industry best practises.

Students will learn technical production skills by 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 analogue 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.

At the heart of Southampton Solent University’s popular music production top-up programme is the ability to customise the curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop specialisms related to their future career paths by taking part in practical projects and choosing from a range of optional units. These optional units cover topics including freelance practice, popular music history, songwriting, and advanced live music production. Optional units focus on helping students to underpin their technical skills with a firm grasp of wider industry contexts.

Each section of the curriculum is delivered by our experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with a wide range of on-the-job experience. Staff also regularly engage with on-going research in music composition, performance and production, putting them in an ideal position to aid students who are looking for work experience opportunities throughout the course.

Students may also have the chance to collaborate with creative students from other disciplines, creating music and sounds for a range of media projects.

Course details


Core units

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


Film Music Songwriting Portfolio Experimental Music Production Advanced Live Music Production Advanced Mixing and Mastering Creative Sound Design Popular Music: Technology and Production Languages

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

Assessment method

This course is assessed using coursework including essays, practical production projects, group and individual projects and seminar presentations, portfolios and reflective writing projects.

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 W390
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:

  • 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 Not accepted
HND (BTEC) M Pass a relevant HND with an overall mark of 55% or Merit profile

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
SO14 0YN

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Clearing Hotline

023 8001 1722

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Additional information

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

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066

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