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BA (Hons) Music & Sound Production

Develop your audio creation skills by utilising cutting-edge technology and various sound production techniques to create music and sound in a range of contexts.

  • UCAS Code:
    W391
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Why study BA (Hons) Music & Sound Production at BU?

  • Hone your skills in the creative, technical and compositional aspects of music production. 
  • Compose, arrange, record, edit, manipulate and produce music and sound to a professional standard.  
  • Apply your learning to real-world scenarios such as music production, music composition, sound recording, and creating music/sound for moving image.  
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities including fully equipped recording studios with State Solid Logic mixing desk, live room and control room, as well as surround-sound and stereo post-production studios.  
  • Engage with industry professionals through masterclasses, studio visits and industry events.  
  • Take an optional placement year during which you’ll work within the industry. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditation

Accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), a measure of the quality and suitability of this course to meet industry needs. JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 8-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

These pieces formed part of a final-year project from one of our students, exploring different approaches to creating live music performance set-ups

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (418kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a strong interest in producing music and sound
  • Are looking to develop a career in music and sound production
  • Looking to use sound more creatively.

Entry requirements

Careers

This innovative course is designed to give you all the technical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to succeed in the music and sound production industry. There is growing demand for skilled graduates in this area within the music and entertainment sector, particularly given the expansion of the multimedia environment.

Our music graduates possess a diverse skillset, and have gone on to work in the music industry in a wide variety of roles, both within companies and as freelancers.

Students from our music courses have gone on to work for organisations such as Absolute Music, BBC, Allen and Heath, It's Done Technology, Sound Tree Music and Focusrite.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

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