• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: January* and September 2021

Course Overview

*Fast-track into your degree with our accelerated foundation year programme. You can start in January and finish in July – ready to progress straight into the undergraduate degree in September. You will:

  • be based at our High Wycombe Campus
  • benefit from the full programme
  • accelerate your journey into higher education
  • develop your confidence and skills in degree-level learning
  • enjoy all the great facilities on offer.

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.25 Years of Music Education

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.

Harnessing entrepreneurship

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: NJ24

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.

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 admissions@bucks.ac.uk.

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

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

  • Sound Design
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • A&R Delivering Content for the Music Industry
  • Sound Design
  • Professional Production Project
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

As well as helping you set up your own production company, this course will prepare you to work in a number of areas such as music production for music charts, production company management, artist management and performance. You’ll also be able to explore employment opportunities in film advertising, or further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
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. 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.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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