If you’d like to become a record producer, production company manager, studio engineer, sound designer, or even a recording artist, this course will prepare you for a career in the music and entertainment industries. Substantial time will be spent in the studio where you’ll learn about audio applications and explore a number of processing techniques. You’ll develop relevant management skills and a firm understanding of the music business. This makes sure you’ll leave Bucks ready to hit the ground running in this competitive, exciting and rewarding industry.
What will this course cover?
The successful management of recording and production is still at the very heart of the UK music industry. During this course you’ll learn about the importance of intellectual property – the ownership of an idea – and develop a solid understanding of how to negotiate contracts. This ensures you know how a real living can be made from the music industry.
You’ll learn about the unique nature of dealing with recording artists and how to maximise the potential of compositions with a variety of recording techniques. Additionally, we will also spend time focusing on a number of DIY approaches to the music business
Mastering the studio
In the studio we’ll teach you how to use Pro Tools professionally and look at how music is evolving through advanced technologies. You’ll develop an understanding of studio hardware, microphone characteristics, sound capture and mixing. We’ll also look at stereo effects, and ambient techniques, as well as composition and structure. And the growing area of sound design and music for film, animation, games and other media forms is also addressed. This combined knowledge will allow you to pursue your chosen production style and maximise the potential of technology and acoustically treated environments.
This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You’ll learn creative strategies, how to follow market trends and seek opportunities within them. These skills will enable you to enter the industry as a self-employed freelancer, or launch your own music venture.
UCAS CODE: NJ29
Bucks pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied at Bucks you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the industry.
Our students have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange for a semester during their second year. Our partner institutions are based in the USA and in Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.
Bucks runs its own in-house music business company, MC9 Music Ltd. You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of this independent company, which allows students to put on events. This will give you first-hand experience working in a professional, real-time environment, working with a variety of different artists.
Excellent work experience opportunities
You’ll be able to take advantage of Bucks’ strong industry links to find excellent work experience opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.
Bucks Industry Group Music
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses. This ensures you graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.
Industry standard studios
We have extensive and advance industry standard recording facilities at Bucks. This includes three main recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms as well as three professional edit suites.
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: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||373 hours|
|Independent learning:||827 hours|
Year 2: 32 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||389 hours|
|Independent learning:||811 hours|
Year 3: 34 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||402 hours|
|Independent learning:||798 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.
|75 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|65 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||35 percent practical|
|70 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||30 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
- DIY: A Plan for Success
- Music Cultures and Marketing Principles
Year 2 Modules
- Music Entrepreneur
- Audio Production Techniques: Studio
- IP and the Music Industry
- Sound for Vision
- Music Publishing
Year 3 Modules
- Research Methods
- Sound Design
- Prod. Company Project
- Digital Music Marketing
How much does it cost
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.
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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