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BA (Hons)
Audio and Music Production

Uncover the world behind the microphone. Audio and Music Production prepares you for a career in studio-based music production, sound design for TV, film, games and animation, and live sound production. As well as theory, you’ll learn practical skills on live projects with companies such as Sennheiser and the BBC.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: J930

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Does experimenting with sound recordings and music interest you? Audio and Music Production explores the technical and creative aspect of sound. And it gives you the opportunity to work with companies such as the BBC.

You don’t have to be musically trained. We’re looking for students who have a fascination for sound and a flair for music. If that’s you, then we’ll give you the skills you’ll need for a career in the industry.

Create projects as a team
Any media production draws on a range of skills. To reflect the real world, you’ll work as a part of a production crew on campus and off on site with our partners. You’ll collaborate with students from other courses, including Film & TV and Performing Arts on projects ranging from the screen to the stage.

Working with other courses is a lot of fun. We’ve had briefs taking students to Glastonbury, Dolby and Pinewood. And it means you start making professional relationships that carry on after university.

Prepare for future employment
There’s more to Music Production than performance. It’s also a business. We include business modules to give you an insight into the challenges that freelance technicians face, such as finance and legal guidance.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the ability to project manage yourself and a portfolio crammed with real life experience. Our Careers and Employability team will also help to find you work placements in and around the area. Recent placements have included Sennheiser.

At Bucks New University, we have excellent teachers, well-equipped spaces and household names as partners. Audio and Music Production is also a JAMES and SkillSet accredited course, which carries real weight with employers when you graduate.

Our tutors have worked in live studio-based music production, sound design and location. They bring a wealth of experience from film, TV and radio to their teaching. We also have visiting tutors who keep you updated on the latest developments in sound production.

Work with the BBC
Every month, Bucks students work with BBC Introducing, a project for unsigned artists to promote themselves online and on BBC radio. Working with the Film and TV students, you’ll record sound and work on post-production. Your work will get airtime on the Bucks, Berks and Beds BBC Introducing radio show, as well as BBC YouTube and possibly even iPlayer.

Use professional equipment and studios
You’ll record and produce audio in the Sennheiser Sound Lab. Our main studio has been fully equipped by our partners, Sennheiser, a world leading production supplier. We have other top quality suppliers, including Midas, Focusrite, Novation and AC Lighting, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business.

We have a working relationship with our local theatres, such as Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall. You’ll work as sound technician for university productions, responsible for the audio. You’ll be a valued part of the team and gain lots of experience along the way.

Year Two

  • Audio Production Techniques: Live
  • Audio Production Techniques: Recording & Programming
  • Sound for Vision
  • The Production Entrepreneur
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Year Three

  • Live Events Project
  • Production Company Project
  • Sound Design
  • Professional Practice Research Project

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

Audio and Music Production can lead into many different careers, including studio and live production, sound design, music performance, music technology retail, and music hardware and software support.

You can also take Audio and Music to the next stage with postgraduate options.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout the time you spend with us, we’ll support you to on route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable, and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop within a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.