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Creative Music Production Foundation Degree (Sept '17)

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Course code: W302

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: Foundation Degree (FdA)

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

Course duration: 2 years

Course aims:
Creative Music Production at Brighton MET allows you to explore and develop your personal creative practice in the field of music production. From the outset you will gain practical experience of production techniques, work with professionals from the music industry and develop a deep understanding of the subject area. The type of music recorded or produced can take any form or genre.

You will be introduced to the technologies and processes used to compose, produce and perform music. You'll learn to manage the whole process of developing musical ideas in the recording studios with musicians by creating and producing recordings that satisfy clients' requirements as well as exploring experimental and electronic music. Throughout the course you will be working towards an understanding of the current music industry and how you can identify your role in the field.

Course content:
In year one, you will explore the nature of sound and how music is created and produced via modules in sound recording, computer music production, experimental sound and work-related study. You will apply what you learn from these studies in a personal research project carried out by visiting and interacting with practitioners and organisations within the music production industry.

Year two is about both broadening and honing your knowledge, skills and understanding with the opportunity to compose and arrange music in a production context. You will apply your skills to working with multimedia products such as computer games or film and television. You will be able to develop a personal and professional focus through undertaking professional practice and a substantial audio related project.

Year 1

Computer Music Systems
Context & Methodology
Experimental Sound
Sound Studio Techniques
Work-related Creative Practice

Year 2

Music and Sound for Moving Image
Contextual Studies: Music Production
Arts - optional modules
Professional Practice
Personal project and presentation

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 our East Campus including equipment by Neumann, Teletronix, Universal Audio, Neve, SPL, Audient etc.

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The course is delivered by an experienced team of music industry academics and professionals. The nature of the course is such that students benefit from supportive relationships with academic staff, hands-on experience, and access to top class facilities.

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:
Individual offers may vary

UCAS tariff:

minimum of 64 UCAS points from a minimum of one 12 unit qualification, and could include GCSE's, BTEC Awards, Certificates, Diplomas and/or equivalent creative arts or performing arts qualifications. Level 2 qualification in English or communication.


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.

Other: To be offered a place on the course students need to demonstrate four things:On-going creative practice; engagement with Producing Music Music creative production skill (in a range of styles); Intellectual and academic skill and enthusiasm for research and writing; Self-starter and a proven professional attitude towards work.

If you want to be a Creative Professional, i.e. Creative Music Producer (Quincy Jones, Brian Eno etc…), composer, sound-designer, freelance artist, song-writer, teacher, lecturer or curator for example then this could well be the course for you.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Progression and links:
Whether you are looking to develop yourself within the freelance, self-employed or business roles within the Music Industry, the Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production provides you with the essential skill-set for the music producer of today. Learn with experienced music industry academics and professionals, through a hands-on, practical experience of working in contemporary music production.

Past students have identified and applied themselves to various roles within the current Music Industry, entering employment with record labels (Fat Cat, Skint Records), sound designers (Loopmasters) and as signed artists working within a variety of musical genres. This course enables you to apply for our BA (Hons) Creative Music Practice One Year Top-up course.

Work experience opportunities:
The course encourages students to find work experience opportunities in commercial recording studios in Brighton as well as with local record labels and other creative music companies.

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.