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.
UCAS CODE: J930
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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||361 hours|
|Independent learning:||839 hours|
Year 2: 34 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||409 hours|
|Independent learning:||791 hours|
Year 3: 33 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||394 hours|
|Independent learning:||806 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|50 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||40 percent practical|
|50 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||50 percent practical|
|60 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||40 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. 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.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Audio Production Technologies
- Introduction to Recording and Pro-Tools
- Disciplines in Live Audio
- DIY: A Plan for Success
Year 2 Modules
- Audio Production Techniques: Live
- Sound for Vision
- Audio Production Techniques: Studio
- The Music Entrepreneur
Year 3 Modules
- Live Events Project
- Production Company Project
- Sound Design
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £11,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
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There are lots of things I love about Bucks New University. The lecturers and people who work here are incredibly helpful and supportive, the studios are really well equipped and there are plenty of opportunities for students to develop their interests. It is a really understanding and stimulating environment.
Regarding my future aspirations, for now I'm trying to be open minded and learn about every aspect of sound engineering, although I can see myself working in a recording studio one day. Whichever path I choose I hope I'll be able to excel and improve my skills every day.