MA Music Production.

Our Music Production masters degree will provide you with the skills to realise your musical goals and produce the very best recordings possible. You’ll learn creative music and technical studio skills, advanced mixing and mastering, have access to state-of-the-art facilities and employment opportunities in the music industry.

Masters in Music Production: Rachel K Collier

MA Music Production Course Overview

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.

Key info

  • Qualification: MA Music Production
  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 or 3 year part-time options available
  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Fees: £8,400, or £933 per 20 credit module for part-time students
  • Entry Requirements: Higher second-class Bachelor degree. Find out more

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Benefits of studying MA Music Production with Spirit Studios

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Freedom to explore your individual interests

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.

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Unrivalled studio access

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.

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Relaxed and nurturing learning environment

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.

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One-to-one mentorship

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.

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MA Music Production Course details

All of our courses are constantly evolving to ensure teaching and learning remain relevant and up to date. Here is the latest example of the curriculum for our Masters in Music Production:

Modules

Professional Pathway will equip MA Music Production students with essential skills to navigate the music industry. Through a combination of theoretical exploration and practical application, you will learn about music entrepreneurship, project management, marketing strategies, copyright, licensing, and networking.  You will build a professional portfolio to enhance your employability profile and to help you build a career in the industry.

Assessment: Professional portfolio with written evaluation. 40 credits.

In this module you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for designing and conducting music oriented research projects.  From formulating research questions and designing methods to developing analysis techniques in line with your own skills and interests, the module will enable you to undertake high-quality practice-based research.

Assessment: Written research design for the subsequent Masters Project. 20 credits.

Within the Master’s Project module, you have the opportunity to undertake an ambitious and creative endeavour in the field of music production. Through guided exploration and independent work, students will conceptualise, plan, execute, and deliver a substantial research-informed music production project that showcases their artistic vision, technical expertise, and innovation in the realm of music production.

Assessment: Proposal, negotiated production portfolio and evaluative viva voce. 60 credits.

This module provides comprehensive training in the art and science of music recording and production. Students will learn professional techniques for producing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music, utilising industry-standard hardware and software. Through practical projects and critical analysis, participants will develop the skills necessary to create high-quality recordings and achieve their artistic vision in the dynamic world of music production.

Assessment: Portfolio of practical work and written technical report. 60 credits.

Teaching and learning

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.

What careers will a Masters in Music Production prepare me for?

  • ADR Mixer
  • Artist
  • Audio Director
  • Audio Editor
  • Audio-Visual Technician
  • Composer
  • Digital Content Creator
  • DIY Label Manager
  • DJ
  • Dubbing Mixer
  • Educator
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Music Producer
  • Music Production Coordinator
  • Radio DJ
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Remixer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Artist
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Studio Engineer
  • Composer for Moving Image

Your tutors

Josh Horsley

Josh Horsley

Programme Leader

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 Boyce-Buckley

Steve Boyce-Buckley

Tutor

Steve is a professional recording engineer, producer, arranger and classically trained musician with over 4 decades of industry experience.

Our studios are your classroom

With ten recording and mixing studios, a live venue, DJ booths, edit suites and more, our facilities are one of the main reasons students choose to study a Masters in Music Production with us year after year

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MA Music Production entry requirements

  • Higher second-class Bachelor degree preferred
  • Lower-class degrees are also considered

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.

MA Music Production fees and funding

  • £8,400 per year (full-time)
  • £933 per 20 credit module (part-time)

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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How to apply

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