• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Bucks pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Studying at Bucks means you will be associated with our highly regarded teaching programme and you'll benefit from a leading team of expert lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.

We have extensive and advanced 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. The course builds on existing department strengths and partnerships, including industry facing links such as BBC Introducing, Sennheiser and Focusrite.

By integrating studies in creative music practice, critical listening and audio production the course will help you to understand the connections between these different activities and how they can be integrated into future careers as producers, performers, composers, researchers or educators.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: 23M7

The course will help you to develop many of the skills that are required by the creative industries. Modules on the course will prepare you for life in music environments, such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and (music) related entrepreneurial ventures.

The key aims of the course are to develop a wide range of music production and performance skills, making use of technologies to compose, perform, record and produce original music. This will lead to a substantial portfolio of original work in performance, composition and production. Throughout the course you will develop your problem solving, listening and research skills, and in turn you can direct these entrepreneurial abilities towards a productive freelance future.

As you progress you will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with students across the creative courses of the School and with our industry partners. By the final stages of this degree you will ready to undertake original research in a range of key areas including production, performance and composition.

At the heart of this new course is a commitment to preparing you for work in areas such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music-related entrepreneurial ventures. The course offers a vibrant, innovative and engaging curriculum that delivers work-ready graduates who will be equipped to compete in the national and international employment marketplace.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

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: 32 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 381 hours
Independent learning: 819 hours

Year 2: 39 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 469 hours
Independent learning: 731 hours

Year 3: 46 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 552 hours
Independent learning: 648 hours

Assessment

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.

Year 1

25 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 75 percent practical

Year 2

35 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 65 percent practical

Year 3

55 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 45 percent practical

Feedback

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 include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Course Modules

Module Map

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 2 Modules

  • Professional Performance Practice
  • Studio Production Techniques
  • Studio Production Process
  • Experimental Music Composition
  • Production Analysis
  • Audio Production Techniques: Live

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional Performance Management
  • Production Company Project
  • Dissertation
  • Live Show Design

Fees

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: £9,500 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

What are my career prospects

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of music equipment and technology. Moreover you will have the intellectual curiosity and potential for continued artistic and creative development. These attributes will be demonstrated through your leadership, listening, critical reflection, teamwork, and organizational skills.

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage our students to take up work experience, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in 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 Employability pages to find out more.

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