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Music (Production) BA

Course code

W3P1; W3P2

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5 to 6 years part-time

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DMM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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Overview

Our BA in Music (Production) degree has been designed to develop your particular interests in music. It aims to equip you with a deep understanding of today’s musical world, enabling you to working across a wide range of the musical styles and genre that make up the diversity of contemporary music-making.

In your first year you will receive an essential grounding in sound recording and processing, composition, performance and musicology. You will be able to discuss all your musical activities with your fellow students and the teaching staff to get the constructive feedback that will help you develop.

You can choose from a range of optional modules in your second year and final year. This means you develop your own bespoke music course to prepare you for your chosen career in the music world. Examples of specialist options you could choose include composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.

You will be taught by some of the leading figures in today’s contemporary music: sound designers, composers, performers and producers. They are all active in the music profession, with strong connections to the music community in London, the UK and across Europe. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with them, working together on a wide variety of creative projects.

Our music facilities include a fully sound-proofed recording studio, performance spaces for rehearsal and performances, and practice rooms equipped with keyboards, drum kits and amps. Access is available to an editing suite with Mac computer workstations where you can work on your music using industry-standard music-processing software.

During your time at Brunel, you’ll benefit from guest lectures delivered by leading figures in the music industry. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London’s exciting music scene for planned trips to studios, shows, concerts and venues.

Our Music (Production) degree can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years. We encourage the placement year option. This time in the music industry will help you prepare for the world of work with a year of invaluable professional experience. You could find yourself working in recording studios, in media and games companies, or for a live music venue.

Before you graduate you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your abilities, working alongside professional musicians. Brunel University London promotes many concerts and other live music events where you’ll be able to network and gain feedback from visiting artists.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

 

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5 to 6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement year option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

A music degree from Brunel University London will prepare you for a broad range of employment in the music industry. Our graduates are ready for the real world of music and launch careers as producers, sound engineers and promoters, working in the live music, recording and media industries. Some become songwriters or performers, while others opt to work in software engineering, teaching, or journalism.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our music undergraduate degree is delivered by professional musicians. This means you’ll be learning from teaching staff who can give you real insight into how to develop your relationship with music from a first love into a career. You will learn through a combination of hands-on studio workshop sessions, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and masterclasses.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed through project work, essays, coursework portfolios, individual and group presentations, exams, and a final year Independent Production project.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.