• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

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.

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.

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: 23M4

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.

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

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:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance

Year One Modules

  • Professional Performance Context
  • Music Composition
  • Professional Performance Reflection
  • Performance Development
  • Introduction to Recording
  • Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Introduction to Live Audio: Analogue
  • Introduction to Live Audio: Digital

Year Two Modules

  • Professional Performance Practice
  • Experimental Music Composition
  • Audio Production Techniques: Live
  • Professional Performance and Musicianship
  • Audio Production Techniques: Studio

Year Three Modules

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

Fees

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.

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

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.


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!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.


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