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MA Music Production is a comprehensive postgraduate programme designed to enable you to advance your skills in music composition and production, with a focus on advanced music production, sound design, recording, mixing, and mastering techniques. Post-graduate students will be exposed to a wide range of creative music production methods and studio practice to shape and define their own specific area of research whilst working towards their master’s degree.
Throughout the programme you will benefit from access to a range of music technology, including our state-of-the-art advanced studios with industry-standard equipment, and an array of sign-out equipment including instruments, amplifiers and microphones. You’ll also learn from experienced music industry professionals and music academics, deepening your understanding of the discipline and expanding your career opportunities in the music and creative industries.
In addition to practical skills, you will explore the industry-facing professional practice and creative research methods, ensuring that you’ll be well-prepared to pursue a range of career opportunities, including music producer, audio engineer, sound designer, and more.
With our Master’s in Music Production degree, you will widen the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level.
Through expert supervision and guidance, you’ll hone in on a research topic that is bespoke to your own creative interests and intellectual curiosities. You’ll have the autonomy to choose a research topic that best suits your goals.
You’ll benefit from a variety of recording studio facilities, ensuring you gain a broad understanding of their different configurations and resources to help expand your musical output.
You’ll build strong working relationships with your tutors, studio technicians and peers. We understand that in order for your creativity to flourish, you need to feel supported and at ease in the studios. Our community is welcoming and kind, helping you feel at home from day one.
We’ll keep your class sizes small so that you benefit from tuition shaped around your interests. It’s vital that you have the space to explore and experiment, and receive one-to-one guidance from expert tutors – all with years of experience in the music industry.
The course module details for your Masters in Music Production below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course to study.
Through the production of a relevant portfolio, this module of your MA Music Production course will highlight various employment opportunities in the creative industries, helping you to forge a clear career path.
Assessment: Professional portfolio with written evaluation. 40 credits.
With complete freedom to choose a specialism within your own areas of interest, you’ll identify an individual research pathway. We’ll help you apply effective research skills and develop your critical analysis to help prepare you for your final project.
Assessment: Written research design for the subsequent Masters Project. 20 credits.
In the final stages of your course you’ll complete a large-scale final project. This extended project will test your ability to identify a research topic, to carry out the necessary research, to synthesize and analyse the theoretical and practical skills, and to present your findings in a clear archive. It can take a variety of forms; from a dissertation to a portfolio of productions.
Assessment: Proposal, negotiated production portfolio and evaluative viva voce. 60 credits.
Through this module, you’ll produce professional-standard recordings using appropriate mix techniques and technologies. You’ll deliver a mastered recording project to the highest standard following a client brief. You’ll master specific software packages and develop your unique approach to mixing in both digital and analogue environments, developing a clearly identifiable, unique sound.
Assessment: Portfolio of practical work and written technical report. 60 credits.
Teaching for our MA Music Production course takes place in a variety of formats including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, peer reviews and one-to-one tutorial support. Our aim throughout is to encourage your creative exploration and hone your technical skills, all so you’ll leave us as a confident, independent professional ready for the music industry.
Josh is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer whose work explores temporality within music. His main focus is the sonic arts, and often uses architecture, film and design for inspiration.
Steve is a professional recording engineer, producer, arranger and classically trained musician with over 4 decades of industry experience.
MA Music Production applications are welcome with qualifications in subjects other than music production but are required to demonstrate understanding of and commitment to the various processes within music production, music technology and/or sound engineering. Non-native English speakers require IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5.
Tuition fees for all our postgraduate courses are eligible for government funding through Student Finance England, subject to a successful application.
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