BA (Hons) Music (Production)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Production) at Leeds Conservatoire

Gain the skills and experience to become a sophisticated music producer, with the freedom to express yourself musically in any genre. You will learn through hands-on studio and Mac Lab sessions with expert producers and software specialists in order to prepare you for a successful career in music production.

 

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W301 - Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

World-class facilities

We have six industry-standard recording studios and
seven mixing rooms. Our six Apple Mac Labs are equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces, as well as industry standard software such as Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Ableton Live. There are numerous composition, rehearsal and performance spaces. All of these facilities are open until late during term-time, giving you a dedicated, flexible environment in which to develop your recording and producing skills.

Industry links

Each year, a number of industry professionals deliver masterclasses to our students. Recent sessions have been given by Andrew Scheps, Grammy Award winning Mix Engineer (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Adele, Ziggy Marley); Glen Scott, Producer, Composer, Musician, Artist, Engineer (James Morrison, Mary J Blige, James Blunt, Craig David, Backstreet Boys); Warren Huart, Producer Aerosmith, James Blunt, Korn); Mike Spencer, Producer (Rudimental, Emeli Sande, Newton Faulkner); Olga Fitzroy (award-winning recording engineer with Foo Fighters and Coldplay).

Visits from labels and management can provide you with the opportunity to respond to live publishers’ briefs and audition your material in front of industry contacts – a great networking opportunity which can result in getting published.

Pioneering approach

Our pioneering Augmented Reality app is the first ever to be used on a Production course. The app allows you to use a smartphone or tablet to access an interactive tutorial on our Audient sound mixing desks, giving you access to support and guidance outside of teaching sessions.

A Community of Musicians

Only at Leeds Conservatoire will you get the unique opportunity to collaborate with musicians from a variety of genres and with a multitude of specialisms. As a producer you’ll be in demand amongst our community of over 1,200 musicians, allowing you to build a portfolio of experience and establish your professional career long before you graduate.

Career destinations

Graduates from Music Production degrees at Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Recording Artists, Sound Designers, Broadcasters, Producers, and Film Composers. Find out more in our Alumni section.

This BA (Hons) Music (Production) is Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) accredited, meaning that it has been recognised as meeting industry needs.

James accredited course

“I did a pop track with a student called Lucy Whittaker. We put it forward for BBC Introducing and it was selected as Radio 1 track of the week, which was amazing and such a massive learning curve.”
– Frankie Harper, Music Production graduate

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Production) modules focus on developing you as a professional producer through small group work and individual production projects/portfolios. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre capabilities. See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

Specialist Study 1

In small groups you will take part in practical studio-based workshop sessions. Topics include; analogue desk topology & operation, signal flow, close micing techniques, dynamic and effects processing, and recording via DAW software.

Specialist Group Study 1

Working in computer labs, you will explore the functionality and operation of principal DAW software. Topics may include; digital audio principles (sample rate, bit depth, Niquist Theorem etc.), audio editing and manipulation including Flex time/Elastic Audio, Editing, Beat Detective, Dynamic and FX processing utilising software, plug-ins, MIDI sequencing and Editing, MIDI controllers, Software Instruments, Mixing in the DAW environment.

Creative Project

You will choose from the project menu and have the opportunity to collaborate with students and tutors from other pathways. Previous projects have included Synthesizer Programming, Arranging with Loops, Writing to a Commercial Popular Music Brief and Practical Crowdfunding.

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop composing, arranging, musicology and aural skills. Through the study of repertoire, its stylistics and effects on society, you will develop your knowledge of musical trends and developments.

Professional Studies 1

Working in the Creative Industries

You will be introduced to the professional framework and mechanisms of the creative industries, focusing on developing your project management skills and understanding the legal and commercial issues likely to impact on your future employability. You will also develop your core information, digital and media literacies.

Specialist Study 2

In small groups and in specialist studio environments, you will build on work completed in year one, specifically developing your emerging musical production voice by exploring recording systems and production attributes, which include the holistics of the studio production process.

Specialist Group Study 2

You will learn how to operate and manage sequencing, sampling and synthesis software/applications intended for use in music production. These may include applications such as Pro Tools, EastWest and other sample libraries and music editing software. You will explore the advanced functionality, operation and processes of principal DAW software.

Contextual Studies 2

You will engage in more advanced analysis of how music and production communicates, through a varied study of influential and seminal works, musicians, compositional and mix techniques. Different production approaches and methods will be considered, investigated and evaluated.

You will also choose one of the below options to study:

  • Songwriting
  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Music and Ideology
  • Performance with Electronics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Musical Direction
Professional Studies 2

You will choose one of the below options to study:

  • Business Start-up
  • Working with Music in the Community
  • Instrumental Music Tuition
  • Self-Promotion & Music Marketing
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Concerts & Touring
  • Artistic Management
Specialist Study 3

Working one-to-one with an allocated supervisor, you will create a proposal for a high-level, industry-standard production project that you will independently produce from start to completion.

Final Project

This module is designed to offer students flexibility in their final year by providing opportunity to delve deeper into a specialism specific to their course and interests.

Contextual Studies 3

You will study one of the below options: 

  • Computer-Based Composition
  • Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Composition and Production for Film and TV
  • Composed Theatre
  • Extended Improvisation
  • Intercultural Music
  • Emerging Music Models
Professional Studies 3

You will study one of the below options:

  • Live Music Management
  • Community Music Project
  • Music Journalism
  • Business Leadership & Ethics
  • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2020/21 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2020.

Alex Carrie - Alumni

Alumni Profile

Alex Carrie

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Production)
Year of Graduation: 2015

Alex Carrie graduated in 2015, and with his band KRRUM was signed to label 37 Adventures just as they finished their study at Leeds Conservatoire.

 

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Craig Golding
Craig GoldingProgramme Leader: Music Production

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Sally Rodgers
Dr Sally RodgersSenior Lecturer: Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business), BA (Hons) Music (Production)

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Bhupinder Chaggar
Bhupinder Singh ChaggarCurriculum Manager: Music Production

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Brian Morrell
Brian MorrellProgramme Leader: Film Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production), BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2021
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements:

96 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Other entry requirements:

Suitability for the Production pathway will be assessed by reference to application forms and personal statements, interviews, and applicants’ portfolios, as appropriate.

Read full entry requirements

Portfolio Information

UK applicants to certain courses at Leeds Conservatoire will need to audition, interview or submit a portfolio of work.

Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are asking all applicants to submit materials online this year, rather than attend in-person events.

Find more information and course-specific audition guides for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W301
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline:The UCAS equal consideration (‘on time’) deadline is 15 January 2021. We may still accept applications for all of our courses after this date, although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

Read our step-by-step application guide

 

Fees & Funding
International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
Facilities

Our Production students have access to 13 recording and mixing studios, equipped with Audient, SSL and Neve equipment, and Logic and Pro Tools recording software, including one with 5.1 surround sound setup and an HD projector, making it perfect for cueing up your sound effects and music with film footage.

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“I was chosen to perform at the Gala Concert in my first and second year and I’ve performed at Crosswire. I also played at Sound City in Liverpool through the conservatoire’s touring scheme. I never expected to play a festival during my time at Leeds Conservatoire, so that was a great experience.”
– Santino Browne, Production with Pop graduate
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Combined Honours

Music Production can also be taken as part of a Combined Honours degree. We are the only UK conservatoire to offer this type of combined degree where throughout all three years you will take specialist study modules in your first pathway and specialist group study in your second.

Combined Honours degrees featuring Music Production are:

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A JAMES Accredited Production Course

Leeds Conservatoire has been awarded Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) accreditation for its BA (Hons) Music (Production) degree.

JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence. The industry-wide renowned accreditation endorses relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

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