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Creative Music Production BA (Hons) Top-up (Sept '17)

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Course code: 4R76

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: BA (Hons) Creative Music Production

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Brighton MET

Course duration: 1 year

Course aims:
This exciting course enables students who have a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in music to top-up their qualification to an honours degree. It offers the opportunity to continue to hone your creative abilities and further your own personal and professional direction.

Past students have enjoyed the development of practice that the top-up can bring. If you are unsure of your direction then this course could help.

Course content:
Split over four modules, the course content offers the ability to refine existing academic and intellectual skills as well as provides scope for development of innovative approaches to music production. The largest of these modules invites you to create a substantial audio portfolio in line with your own personal creative practice.

Integrated Practice

This Semester 1 module focuses on the breadth of application of creative music production within the professional and contemporary culture, particularly exploring extra-musical stimuli to create an integrated creative musical production piece of your choice. New media technologies in practice will be explored, with opportunities to fuse music and media together in creative and innovative ways.

Philosophies and Theories of Music

This module refines the academic and intellectual skills that you have developed during the second year of your previous course. During semester 1, the module introduces you to a range of critical theories connected with the study of music. Training in research methodologies appropriate to the subject are also embedded in this module in support of the dissertation.


The dissertation is a chance for you to interrogate something that interests you about music or audio production. If you are unsure about what that might be you are guided by support workshops to help structure a proposal for study. You will be able to delve deep in to a subject area of your choice and will be supported by a supervisor who will help you maintain your path to the end goal of the study.

Individual Project

The Individual Project enables you to focus your research further by undertaking a substantial audio project of your choice. Creative outputs could include but are not limited to concept driven albums, audio-visual projects, installation work, generative and interactive audio. You will work throughout the year on a project that you are interested in are supported in the development of a research proposal as well as by technical workshops and visiting lecturers.

Facilities for students:
Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities

Mac suite with Logic Pro, Pro Tools and other software

Synthesis lab incorporating modular synthesiser and isolation booths including equipment by Doepfer, Moog, Korg etc.

Three well-equipped, professional, in-house recording studios based at City College East including equipment by Neumann, Teletronix, Universal Audio, Neve, SPL, Audient etc.

Brighton MET's Learning Resource Centre

Teaching staff at Brighton MET and visiting lecturers will draw on their academic, creative and professional experience to encourage students to reflect on the development and diversity of the music industry, and discover their own place within it.

Assessment: Assessments take place at the end of each module. Forms of assessment include practical performances and workshops, assignments in the workplace, research and written projects.

Entry Requirements:
Foundation Degree, HND: or an equivalent 240 credit award in a relevant subject area.

International Baccalaureate: 24 points

A proven ability in spoken and written English. IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Progression and links:
If you want to be a creative audio professional, i.e. Creative music producer, composer, sound-designer, freelance artist, song-writer, teacher, lecturer or curator for example then this could well be the course for you.

By the time students graduate they will have identified their specialist field in the music industry and be able to continue developing and working in this role either through starting their own business or through employment. Students will have a strong understanding of the current music industry climate and the possibilities within it. Actual career paths might include:

Graduates are also equipped to progress their studies to postgraduate level.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are 7750 for a Home/EU student and 9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.