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BA single honours  Music Production with Foundation Year 2019/20

Year of entry

*Subject to validation

Music Production at Canterbury Christ Church University is taught by a dynamic staff team of tutors, many of whom work in the music industry as producers, composers, performers, sound artists and software designers, who are dedicated to enabling you to enhance your skills in Music Production.

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year in Music you can explore areas including:

  • sound design
  • music publishing
  • record label management
  • music for media

Ethan Maltby , Associate Tutor, has written shows for stage that have toured UK and European theatres as well as writing music for both the FA and UEFA cup finals.

This programme is designed for students with a background in music technology and sound recording, and with an interest in the application of their creative skills for the commercial production of music. You will have the opportunity to compose and produce music using the specialist facilities of the new Arts building which will include industry standard recording studios, mixing suites and Apple Mac as well as rooms equipped for rehearsals and a dedicated music venue.

Within the course you will develop your use of Apple’s Logic along with a range of other industry standard music software packages, in the production of music to a commercial standard. Students are taught by tutors with a professional level of expertise and a wide range of industry experience. In addition, you can work with our in­ house record label C3U Records ( www.c3urecords.com).  The course will be housed in the University’s new Arts building, with specialist facilities including performance and practice rooms, recording studios and Apple Mac computer music suites (equipped with Logic, Ableton Live, Waves and Izotope plugins and East West samples).

Steve Lamacq (6 Music Recommends) recently said of one of our members of staff that his recent album with his band The Chap was "One of my albums of the year.”

You will also be able to work collaboratively with students who study other subjects such as Performing Arts and Dance.

"Studying at CCCU was a very positive experience for me that has thoroughly developed my production and soft skills. The tutors are exceptionally talented and will always endeavour to push students to their full academic and practical potential. It is because of this that I am now a self-employed music producer and audio engineer, with projects in both the studio and live environment."

Josh White Commercial Music (Sound Production specialism) alumnus

The programme begins with a broadly­based first year which introduces the main areas of study that are to be further developed in the second and third years. All students take modules in sound production, audio sequencing and recording, and sampling and creative composition. In addition you will take an option in either Music Technology and Culture or Sound Structure in semester one, and an option in either Music Industry Fundamentals or Songwriting in semester 2.

In Years 2 and 3, you develop further knowledge and skills in advanced recording and production techniques, alongside a core module in Creative Sound Design in year 2. In both Years 2 and 3, there are a range of modules to choose from in areas such as in Songwriting, Live Sound and Composition for Media and Film. In the third year all students also have the opportunity to undertake an Independent Production Project on an area of special interest.

Foundation Year Zero

Students on all of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Understanding Arts and Humanities
  • Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities

In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:

  • Dangerous Ideas
  • Foundation English Language and Communication
  • Foundation English Literature
  • Foundation Media and Communications
  • Analysing British Cinema
  • Historical Foundations
  • America and the World (subject to validation)
  • Music and Performing Arts in Context
  • The Languages and Theory of Music

Core modules

Year 1

Sound Production 1A [Studio Recording] (20 credits)

This module provides you with a grounding in studio recording techniques. Complementing the software­based sequencing and mix emphasis of Audio Sequencing and Recording, Sound Production 1A focuses specifically on studio recording practice, including studio set up, microphone technique, use of a mixing desk, and signal processing, as well as relevant theoretical principles related to acoustics and electronics.

Sound Production 1B [Studio Production] (20 credits)

Sound Production 1B expands on techniques discussed in Sound Production 1A and the software­based sequencing and mix emphasis of Audio Sequencing and Recording. The main focus is on microphone technique, use of a mixing desk, audio routing and signal processing, as well as software based effecting and mixing.

Audio Sequencing and Recording (20 credits)

This module is designed to provide you with a grounding in the applications and techniques of MIDI and audio sequencing. The module will focus on commercial music recording and production methods and will relate, for example, to the practical production of demo­format recordings required for Songwriting.

Sampling and Creative Composition (20 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to essential sampling and sound manipulation practices and the ways in which these techniques can be applied to creative work. You will create a portfolio of sound studies that focus upon specific sampling and audio manipulation techniques and will be encouraged to develop these processes in a larger sound work or composition.

Year 2

Sound Production 2A [Advanced recording and production techniques] (20 credits)

This module aims to provide comprehensive coverage of the theory and practice of multitrack studio recording and production. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin sound production and develop the skills to use a recording studio environment, offering an analysis of equipment, technique and procedure.

Sound Production 2B [Advanced recording and production techniques] (20 credits)

Building on Sound Production 2A this module aims to continue to provide comprehensive and analytical coverage of the theory and practice of multitrack studio recording and production. You will have the opportunity to expand further on your understanding of the scientific principles that underpin sound production and develop the skills to use a recording studio environment, offering an analysis of equipment, technique and procedure. Pre­ and post­production processes are included in the practice of multitrack recording.

Creative Sound Design (20 credits)

This module aims to provide a substantial practical overview of studio­ based approaches to sound design and electronic composition. A broad and diverse approach will be taken, emphasizing, for example, the influences of dance music and film sound, academia, the avant­ garde and the commercial music industry on the shaping of the contemporary studio composer.

Year 3

Sound Production 3A [Production portfolio] (20 credits)

The aim of the module is provide you with the opportunity to focus on creative studio technique and develop an integrated approach to the session end­product: a definitive master demonstrating a distinctive approach to recording and production.

Sound Production 3B [Production portfolio] (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with continued opportunities to focus on creative studio technique and develop an integrated approach to the session end­product: a definitive master demonstrating a distinctive approach to recording and production. You will continue to explore the role of the producer (artist­, engineer­, composer­, arranger­producer) in the generation of multitrack recordings to a commercial standard, informed by an awareness of established, current and emerging global production styles.

Likely optional modules

Year 1

Music Technology and Culture (20 credits)

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and cultural context of various styles and genres within contemporary electronic music and sonic art. These will be considered by tracing the development of constituent sonic techniques and their relationship to current practices. In addition, recorded examples from each stage of development will be considered analytically in order to identify their salient characteristics and their relationship to other media and disciplines.

Sound Structure (20 credits)

This module gives you grounding in the theories and practices used to analyse a range of audio examples and to enable you to become fluent in your ability to recognise the sonic characteristics of recordings and performances. You will be introduced to techniques used to analyse and document the development of sound in time, including spectral analysis, graphic representation and aspects of musical notation.

Music Industry Fundamentals (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain a broad understanding of the background, structure and organisation of the music industry and to give you a foundation for determining your own potential role within it. This includes the concepts of intellectual property and copyright, the development and production of recorded music and the marketing and distribution of finished product together with the requirements regarding performance and promotion. Also included is an examination of both the operation of major and independent record companies and DIY releases together with the marketing of music from both composers and performing artists.

Songwriting 1 (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce you to songwriting as a process, encouraging the development of an individual style over the duration of your studies. In addition to informing you about well­established ‘traditional’ songwriting models and common structures, contemporary songwriting practices and considerations of arrangement, performance and production will also form part of the module.

Year 2

Music Enterprise (20 credits)

The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding and appreciation of how music and the music industries, in various guises, can generate income. It considers the various elements that contribute to ensuring that composing, performing and recording rights are managed effectively and fairly and includes focuses on music publishing, entertainment law and copyright, performance and recording, venue and tour management and record label management.

Music in the Media 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to give you an introduction to the skills, approaches and insights needed to produce music for the media. You will develop the ability to compose music that enhances moving images and will learn to engage those stylistic conventions and techniques most commonly encountered in bespoke media music. You will develop those sequencing and arranging skills needed in the production of smaller­budget media music and will also be presented with opportunities to develop skills in sound design that may be used alongside or as an alternative to more traditional compositional skills.

Live Sound (20 credits)

This module provides coverage of the methods and processes undertaken when mixing audio for live performance band settings. Through addressing the principles of audio signal paths, processing and mixing for both audience and performers, you will explore the application of appropriate hardware in the live sound environment, supported by an overview of audio, technological and engineering discipline and theory.

Songwriting 2 (20 credits)

Songwriting 2 builds on the work completed within Songwriting 1 through the study of more advanced and extended songwriting models, whilst encouraging you to develop their own distinctive ‘voice’ within your creative work. The application of technology within the compositional process will be explored as a means to extend beyond traditional songwriting models and you will also develop an awareness of music from other contemporary genres as a means to further expand the diversity of influence applied within their songs and arrangements.

Online Promotion and Website Design for Musicians (20 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to methods by which music­ based media can be promoted using online digital multimedia. Traditional, current and emergent media are reviewed as you explore graphic and visual representation of musical subject and style in the context of online promotion.

Independent Production Project 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake a production project agreed with the tutor at the start of module. The outcomes of this research activity can cover a broad area and may include, for instance, a commercial studio album, live recordings, band collaboration, film/media scoring or creative audio experimentation.

Year 3

Studio Composition (20 credits)

This module aims to develop your ability to conceive and realize original compositions through creative use of the music production studio. You pursue individual areas of interest in technology­based music composition, devising creative ideas and the work of contemporary composers and producers in various genres is considered, with a particular emphasis on how methods of production (including studio process, collaboration, and relevant technologies) influence the creative output.

Film Music A (20 credits)

The module aims to give you an understanding of the process of writing music for film and you will be introduced to the development of the language of film music, film scoring techniques and to broader cultural and critical issues.

Film Music B (20 credits)

Continuing from Film Music A, this module aims to develop your understanding of the language of film music, film­scoring techniques and the broader cultural and critical issues. You will develop composition, production, and software techniques and apply these skills to the creation of music for film.

Songwriting 3A (20 credits)

Songwriting 3A aims to provide you with the opportunity to extend and enhance a personal songwriting style whilst fostering an awareness of songwriting in a commercial context. In order to develop your practical, creative and technical skills in songwriting, the module engages you with projects such as the completion of an e.p. (extended play).

Songwriting 3B (20 credits)

Songwriting 3B aims to provide you with the opportunity to extend and enhance a personal songwriting style whilst fostering an awareness of songwriting in a commercial context. In order to develop your practical, creative and technical skills in songwriting, the module builds upon the work done in Songwriting 3A by engaging you with more substantial projects, such as the completion of an album. This module also requires you to present your songs in a live setting.

Music in the Media 2 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop skills related to the creation of music and sound for various forms of media. You will develop composition, production, and software techniques and apply these skills to the creation of music for various forms of media. Through the use of industry briefs, you will develop the ability to work under time constraints, to specific creative guidelines.

Sound Art A (20 credits)

This module includes a strong emphasis on emergent forms of sound design, and alternative approaches to composition will be explored. You will also be encouraged to collaborate with visual media artists, such as photographers or web designers, in the creation of a mixed­media work.

Sound Art B (20 credits)

This module is designed to build upon knowledge developed in Sound Art A. You will be introduced to technical and artistic skills necessary to produce a large­scale non­linear installation work. You will also be encouraged to collaborate with visual media artists, such as photographers, web designers or film­makers, in the creation of a mixed­media work.

Audio for Games and Interactive Media (20 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to methods by which audio material can be creatively used with game or app design. You will review coding and app design and will be encouraged to explore innovative approaches to game soundtrack or app design from a sonic/musical perspective. Especially relevant to this module is the focus upon interactive, non­linear sound design and the ways in which it differs from Film or TV composition.

Music Business Futures (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop a clear and deep knowledge of the current music industry informed primarily by investigation and practice. The module focuses in detail on the many new and emerging technologies available for promotion, discovery, distribution and consumption of music via the Internet and mobile networks that are currently being explored within the industry.

Independent Production Project 2A (20 credits)

This module will enable you to undertake the research necessary to develop an extensive creative project in Independent Production Project 2B. The outcomes of this research activity can cover a broad area and may include, for instance, a commercial studio album, live recordings, band collaborations, film/media scoring or creative audio experimentation.

Independent Production Project 2B (20 credits)

This module will enable you to develop an innovative and ambitious creative project based on research developed in Independent Production Project 2A. The final outcomes of this research activity can cover a broad area and may include, for instance, a commercial studio album, live recordings, band collaborations, film/media scoring or creative audio experimentation. 

The Music Production course aims to prepare you as a creative practitioner in music production or commercial composition (as a songwriter, or for media, for instance). Graduates from our Commercial Music and Music Production programmes have, for example, gone on to work as freelance performers or producers, songwriters, web designers, live sound engineers and freelance instrumental and vocal tutors. Some graduates have elected to continue their education by progressing onto Masters’ degree qualifications and others have decided to train to teach in schools or further education.

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

The Music Production course is taught in two semesters each year, separated by a two-week assessment period in January. You will take 60 credits (3 modules) in each teaching block. Your actual contact hours will be between 12-14 hours per week in lectures, seminars, and workshops. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) on a regular basis to receive pastoral and study skills support.

You will learn through a variety of approaches depending on the module content including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, one-to-one tuition, independent learning, case studies, group work and presentations.

You will have access to specialist facilities and equipment for Music and Performing Arts throughout your course including practice and rehearsal spaces, studio spaces, performance spaces, and specialist software.

You will also have access to a range of online and other library resources and will receive training from library and study skills specialists supporting you throughout your degree.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves working on module content and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.

For the Independent Production Projects in years two and three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours. You will undertake additional hours independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be other, extra-curricular theatre activities to attend that will support and enhance your learning.

For every 20-credit module there is 50 hours of contact time but there are variations in the case of some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials for instance. It is expected that there will be 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, practice, research and assignments.

Academic input

The staff team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience.  The staff teaching on the Music Production course currently include Senior Lecturers and Associate Lecturers.  All of the staff are practitioners and are active as producers, performers or composers, and researchers, for instance. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including practical work (such as recordings, composition work – in the form of recordings or scores), written work (such as commentaries and essays), and presentations. There are no exams.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within and 15 working days of hand-in or performance

We are an academic supporter of BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).

A range of industry focused masterclasses, workshops and lectures are provided each year in our Performance and Creative Practice Week, given by industry specialists and practitioners.

Musician and Producer Matthew Herbert is one of the School’s artistic researchers.

Our new £12m arts facility in Canterbury is scheduled to open in September 2018. The building will be equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

As a student within the School of Music and Performing Arts, you will have access to our well­equipped recording studios, practice rooms and Mac suites in the University’s new Arts building.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • W374 Music Production with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

    More entry requirement details.

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