BA (Hons) Music Production

Overview

BA (Hons) Music Production at BIMM Brighton is a specialist vocational course designed for those wishing to pursue a career in a range of music industry roles, such as producer, sound engineer, film and television composer and computer music designer.

The aim of the course is to nurture your creative flair while you develop your skills as a producer across a wide range of contexts, including traditional studio recording, live recording, computer music performance, plus music for film, television and multimedia. You’ll study the context of contemporary music and the industry that supports it, as well as learning personal, project-management and business skills.

You’ll be taught in-house in our high-tech Mac labs, as well as at the renowned Brighton Electric studios. Students will have access to cutting-edge equipment and software at both these locations, and will be directed in the use of them by professional industry tutors who really know the ins and outs of the kit.

So to make your way in music production, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Validated by:

2018/2019 Fees

 

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Year 1

All students take the following modules in their first year of study. Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Audio Theory & Acoustics

    The best producers apply the deeper principles of sound to their work, and you’ll be amazed how your own skills develop when you grasp the underlying science. On this introductory module, you’ll learn about the physical nature of sound, the mechanics of acoustics, the role of human hearing and the psychology of audio perception. Using those skills, you’ll be ready to design, create and manipulate sound to deliver the perfect production for any musician you work with.

  • Computer Music Production 1

    You can’t function as a modern producer without embracing the world of Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). This module walks you through the nuts and bolts of the hardware and software, reveals the opportunities of this recording technology and explains how computer-based production can support your creative flair in a range of musical situations.

  • Creative Sound Studies

    A music production is only as good as the listener’s reaction. On this module, you’ll dive deep into the multi-dimensional complexities of sound itself, discovering how different sonic treatments and approaches can trigger powerful emotional and sensory responses from an audience. You’ll also learn how sampling, manipulation and re-editing can spark new music that transforms mood and musical context.

  • Studio Engineering

    As a professional producer, the studio will be your home turf – and it’s vital to learn what makes this environment tick. This module gets you thinking big, covering the architecture of the modern large-format studio, the science of acoustics and the journey of sound from instrument to speakers. But it also invites you to roll up your sleeves in a real studio, learning how to set up the recording space for optimum sound and work on your own projects using a range of outboard equipment.

  • Mixing & Arrangement

    With technology on the march, today’s producers are spoilt for choice at the mixing stage. On this module, you’ll learn all about the range of mixing tools and techniques that make your favourite modern records burst out of the speakers. But you’ll also discover how a powerful mix is dependent on an effective musical arrangement – and how to tighten the material you’re working with, across every style and genre.

  • Music Business

    The music industry is changing at head-spinning pace, but our expert tutors can give you up-to-the-minute insight into how the business really works – and how you stake your claim in it as a producer. Crucially, this module helps you develop the research skills you’ll need to investigate your different projects, showing you the best methods for gathering accurate data in the digital age, without wasting time or resources.

Year 2

All students take the following modules in their second year of study. 5 mandatory modules and 1 optional module. Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Music Production in Context

    To know where production is headed, you need to understand where it’s been. This module leads you through the dynamic history of audio creation, bringing to life the trailblazing equipment, musicians, scientists and engineers who created the world’s revolutionary records – and showing how their work flows into today’s productions. With that deep contextual knowledge at your fingertips, you’ll have a clear vision of how to write the next chapter.

  • Music & Sound for the Moving Image

    Producers need to be masters of both sound and vision. This module examines the art of creating music for the moving image, inviting you to analyse seminal work from history, then apply key audio-visual skills and concepts to bring your own material to the same standard. You’ll also get a grounding in music synchronisation – and learn how to tailor your writing and production approach to target this lucrative market.

  • Sound Studio Production

    You’ve already taken your first steps with the Studio Engineering module – now build on your experience and sharpen your skills, as you explore the deeper demands of bringing a professional studio production to life. On this module, you’ll be thrown into the day-to-day role of a busy producer, as you put concepts and techniques into practice, and test your production skills against the demands of real-world clients.

  • Computer Music Production 2

    There’s more to DAW than a single module can teach you – and this sequel looks closer at the eye-opening opportunities for producers. You’ll learn about synthesis and how to work collaboratively with musicians, explore the use of modular software platforms for the development of bespoke instruments – and develop confidence in the mastering techniques that put the icing on a world-beating modern production.

  • Music Production Industry

    You’ve just produced a modern masterpiece by the next big thing. But unless you can bring the material to the right market, it’ll never achieve the success it deserves. Take this module and sharpen up your industry savvy, gaining a working knowledge of the potential avenues for delivery, and mastering elements like entrepreneurship, royalty streams, media platforms, PR and marketing.

  • Computer Music Performance (Optional)

    Not all producers operate exclusively in the studio. If you see your future in the live domain, and aspire to bring your productions thrillingly onto the stage, this optional module gives you all the protocols, tools and techniques you’ll need as a performer. Get ready to master everything from composition to MIDI programming, showcase your skills and reflect on your performances as they evolve alongside your studies.

  • Live Sound Production (Optional)

    The live scene might be changing fast, but setting up and getting a great sound from a public address (PA) system is still a fundamental skill. We’ll unravel the technology under the bonnet, while teaching you the scientific principles of sound and electrical signals, so you’ll always be confident of a killer sound in any venue across the world.

Year 3

All students take the following modules in their third year of study. 3 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules (1 from Group A and 1 from Group B). Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Audio Post-Production

    Music might be your starting point, but the beauty of a career in production is that it could take you anywhere. On this module, you’ll explore the fascinating possibilities of post-production for film, TV and broadcast – and learn the techniques you’ll use on the job, including location sound, ADR and Foley, sound effects, editing and mixing, formats and finishing.

  • Production Project (Double credit module)

    You’ve done the groundwork. Now seize the opportunity to showcase all the skills you’ve learnt so far at BIMM, as you take responsibility for a creative music project from flash of inspiration to final delivery. Just as a professional modern producer must be agile and forward-thinking, we’ll be looking for an innovative angle, creative flair and fearless risk-taking, while expecting you to always maintain control.

  • Professional Development

    As a professional producer, you’ll be responsible for steering your own career – so it’s vital to become self-sufficient and assess the areas that could hold you back. On the Professional Development module, we’ll help you identify your own personal and business needs, and teach the skills you’ll call on throughout your career, from stress control and teamwork to goal-setting and time management.

  • Computer Music Design (Optional Module A)

    As a producer, opening your mind to new technologies will help you stay innovative and ahead of the curve. This module examines how you can examine, develop and use software to create new interfaces and push the envelope of production. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the confidence and skills to produce projects that break the rules and challenge conventional wisdom.

  • Sound & Music for Games (Optional Module A)

    The video game industry is booming – and producers, composers and sound designers can all enjoy the creative possibilities and reap the financial rewards. This module explores sound and music design within the games industry, as you study aspects like compositional approaches, musical aesthetics, working with a brief, sound design and sound implementation – while mastering the technical and creative techniques that your future employers and clients will demand.

  • Immersive Environments (Optional Module B)

    Immersive environments are causing a buzz across the creative industries, and this module helps you understand the theory, master the practical aspects and develop confident approaches to using multi-channel audio in this realm. You’ll create new sonic design for multiple purposes, and use multi-channel mixing technology in a live, environmental and studio context to create a more immersive sound field.

  • Video & Multimedia Production (Optional Module B)

    In a world driven by the web and media, audio-visual production skills are in high demand. On this module, you’ll sharpen your creative and critical thinking as you study digital video technology, video editing, sound-to-visual post-production work and story boarding – and get familiar with the software and video production processes that will make you more attractive to employers and clients.

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Minimum requirements

Minimum of 2 A-levels at grade C or above (64 UCAS Points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and five GCSE qualifications at grade A-C, including English Language. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

After this course:

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as producer, DJ, sound engineer, film and television composer and computer music designer, or they can continue their study with a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching at BIMM Brighton or a Masters Degree.

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How to apply

All degree applications must be made by UCAS. All applicants must submit a digital portfolio. You will be required to attend an interview to discuss your portfolio. Alternatively, a phone interview can be arranged. All applicants will be sent portfolio submission guidelines once a suitable date and time has been arranged. To request an interview, please call 08442 646 666.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
This course is taught as a three-year course at levels four, five and six.
Awarding institution:
University of Sussex
Teaching institution:
BIMM Brighton
UCAS code:
W373
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Certificate of Higher Education (exit award only at level 4), Diploma of Higher Education (exit award only at level 5), Bachelors Degree with Honours.
Admissions criteria:
Minimum of 2 A-levels at grade C or above (64 UCAS Points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and five GCSE qualifications at grade A-C, including English Language. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From launching the career of Oasis and scoring nine Top 40 singles with the band Sleeper, to winning a Mercury Music Prize as part of Gomez and knocking Take That off the top spot, our BIMM Brighton tutors have done it all. One even has the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as her real life godfather! Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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