The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
Year 1 Modules
- Audio Production Technologies
- Introduction to Recording
- The DIY Musician
- Music Cultures
- Audio Production Practice
- Introduction to Pro Tools
- Entertainment Industry Framework
- Principles of Marketing
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, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks