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From composition and artist collaborations, to recording, mixing, branding and promotion, this degree covers all you need to build a career as an electronic music producer and performer.
During the course you’ll learn a variety of creative techniques, exploring current and emerging approaches within electronic music practice and performance. To help you become the artist and producer you want to be, you’ll investigate a wide variety of production values to ensure you’re able to confidently predict, control and maintain the momentum of every crowd you play to.
Whatever your preferred style, genre and digital audio workstation (DAW) you’ll have the freedom to develop your own sound under the guidance of our expert tutors. With access to a wide range of software and equipment – from Ableton, Elektron, iZotope, Native Instruments and more – you have the potential to experiment with your tracks like never before.
If you’re excited about electronic music production, performing live sets and have the drive to take it full-time, this course is for you.
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As part of your final project, you’ll have the opportunity to perform your sets in some of Manchester’s most iconic venues. Thanks to our city centre location and local connections, 2022 graduates performed in The Deaf Institute and Chapeltown Picture House.
As a student you’ll be able to book studio time between 9am-10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Our in-house technical support team are on hand throughout the day to provide one-to-one support should you need.
Our 100 capacity venue is at your disposal. You’ll have lessons here, perform live and practice your sets ready for life as a professional music producer and/or DJ.
Like all our other facilities, you can access the DJ booths throughout the academic year. These have pre-installed filming equipment ready for you to stream or record your sets.
The course module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course to study.
Introducing you to a range of music sequencing software and developing your creative skills across platforms, this module encourages you to experiment using a range of music technologies. You’ll produce a personal portfolio of compositions that promotes your individual style and abilities.
Assessment: Portfolio of compositions and report.
Focusing on creative techniques using a range of performance tools, you’ll experiment to create original compositions before showcasing your work in our dedicated venue. Sessions will give you experience using Ableton Live along with a range of hardware, teaching you the skills needed to take your music live.
Assessment: Composition and performance.
Introducing you to a professional studio environment, this module will help you to develop key skills in studio techniques and procedures using a wide range of equipment, while also helping you to gain an understanding of signal flow and gain structure in recording. This module will also help develop interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Assessment: Signal path test and portfolio.
Through development of your critical listening and production skills, and focussing on relevant debates and issues surrounding electronic music & DJ culture, this module will give you both a practical and contextual insight into key changes, events and practitioners in the industry throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This will help to develop your own understanding of the music you create while also advancing your research, analytical and practical skills, as well as your own career development.
Assessment: Presentation and essay.
Introducing you to more advanced creative and technical skills in music production, this module will help to develop your editing, mixing and remixing skills across various projects. Collaborating directly with a client or colleague, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that integrates audio processing hardware and software. You’ll showcase both pre and post-production skills as well as your ability to collaborate effectively.
Assessment: Portfolio and presentation.
Providing you with skills to create a sound library and software sampler collection, this module highlights the range of technical processes involved, considering the end user at all times. Through these sessions you’ll produce patches for pro-audio applications, gaining a clear understanding of the workflows involved and the process of developing encoded and compressed audio files for a sound library.
Assessment: Portfolio and presentation.
Encouraging you to collaborate with other musicians, this module explores your potential as an electronic musician within a larger composition and performance piece. You’ll develop technical and creative skills using controller technology and are encouraged to work independently in the studios, sourcing your own collaborative partners.
Assessment: A collaborative music performance and presentation.
In this module, you’ll have the freedom to explore an area of personal research which is relevant to your own interests and practice.
Working to an external client brief, you’ll develop a clear strategy to achieve the goals and requirements of the commissioning client. Assignments in this module will encourage you to think critically about your work and use the skills and knowledge you have gained across other modules to create a product that meets specific criteria.
Assessment: Portfolio and report.
Guided by your individual tastes and interests, this module will inspire you to think about your approach to composition differently. Focusing on synthesis and innovative techniques, you’ll apply creative strategies to generate original tracks, evaluate their success and present them as a finished piece. You’ll be encouraged to think critically about your techniques throughout to further your technical abilities in production and mastering.
Assessment: Composition and presentation.
This is the time where you’ll test out everything you’ve learned during your degree as you take your work to the public. With tutor support, you’ll devise your own creative project to a highly professional standard whilst planning and managing its launch into the public domain. Focusing purely on your own creative goals, you can take your work in this module to a whole new level, taking your first steps into the industry as a professional producer or engineer.
Assessment: Major project and archive.
Exposing you to the range of career opportunities across the creative industries, you’ll gain a range of key skills relevant to entrepreneurship and self-employment. Concentrating on preparing you for work as soon as you graduate, this module will help you understand how different businesses function in the music and audio industries, and how you can find your place within it.
Assessment: Proposal, portfolio and report.
Considering all performance aspects – from the audio and sound reinforcement, to the lighting and live projections – you’ll create, prepare and perform a live electronic music/DJ set, considering a range of approaches within emerging electronic music practice. Through this module, you’ll gain key practical skills in the preparation for creative sets that effectively represent your capabilities.
Assessment: Technical specification and live performance.
Teaching 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.
Jon is a producer, label manager, DJ and promoter who has over a decade of experience within the industry and has released five albums under the alias Diesler.
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.
Dan is an electronic musician and producer whose work has seen him release music on Manchester's Modern Love imprint, receiving support from the likes of Mixmag, RA, Björk and Bicep.
Al is a producer and sound engineer who teaches a wide variety of modules here at Spirit, allowing him to share his expertise with his students.
Brandon is a music producer with many talents such as DJing, graphic design and occasional filmmaking.
Josh is a producer and musician who has toured extensively and produced audio for some high profile clients.
Liam is a soundtrack composer who has worked on creating music for film, television, games and animation.
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent. You should also have achieved Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English, or an equivalent (UK equivalents include key skills level 3 or functional skills level 2). If you are an international applicant you must have UK settled status in order to study on our degree courses. Non-native English speakers require IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5.
Tuition fees for all our undergraduate courses are eligible for government funding through Student Finance England, subject to a successful application.
UK-based university applications are made through UCAS. You’ll need to register via ucas.com to create an application. You can then add this course as a choice to your application using the following information:
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