MMus in Music Production
MMus - 180
UK / EEA: £8,000
UK / EEA: year 1 - £4,000, year 2 - £3,640
Full Time: 1 year & Part Time: 2 years
University for the Creative Arts*
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This professionally focused, 12-month practice-based master’s degree in music production aims to help students develop a specialist understanding of advanced music production tools, techniques and processes through the creation of a significant body of original work demonstrating a distinctive artistic personality. During the first term, students will develop, workshop and record a body of songs and compositions which will then be taken through an advanced mixing and mastering processes in the second term. Students will also devise and test strategies to launch, market and continuously develop their professional personas and undertake a major body of creative and professional work over the summer, which could culminate in the creation of an album, a score for a feature-length film or the completion of an industry placement.
Overall, the programme aims to:
- refine your specialist creative practice;
- enable producers to develop a significant body of original creative work;
- develop a distinctive artistic personality or voice;
- prepare you to lead and continuously develop in professional performance-based industry settings
What will you learn?
Our MMus in Music Production is rooted in the deep practice of production, musicianship and professional ability, and provides a specialised practice-based programme for ambitious career musicians and producers within contemporary music.
Programme modules will cover the following content:
- Songwriting: Melody Writing, Song Structure, Artistic Direction, Lyrical Writing and Subject Matter, Song Arrangement and Dynamics, Literary Devices, Co-writing.
- Production Casting & Recording Management: Analogue and Digital Recording, Advanced Audio Processing and Programming, Dub and Ambient Techniques, Session Management, Marketability.
- Post-Production Mixing & Mastering: Advanced Editing, Mixing and Mastering Techniques, Advanced Post-Production Midi Sequencing and Audio Processing, Advanced Equalization and Compression, Frequency, Harmonic, and Rhythmic structure, Mix Arrangement and Dynamics
- Composition For Film & Other Media: Analysis & technique, Composition, Orchestration, Case Studies, Live Recordings, Mixing for Film.
- Digital Distribution & Marketing: Musician and Artist Branding, Audience Identification, Content Planning, Social Media Optimisation, Digital Distribution, Utilising Meaningful Metrics.
- Major Project: Reflective and Academic Writing, Project Management, Research Methodologies, Ethical Implications and Impacts, Partners and Strategy.
This course is designed to equip you with the skills, theoretical knowledge and connections necessary to establish a lasting career in music. The list below highlights a non-exhaustive list of the options available:
- Music producer
- Recording/mix engineer
- Studio producer
- Studio manager
- Film scoring
- Computer music designer
- Music library creator
- Executive, manager, administrator, officer in the music or wider entertainment industry
- Executive, manager, administrator, officer in any business
- Music industry entrepreneur
- Music production teacher
- Project manager
Successful graduates would be well-placed to pursue a PhD or other advanced degrees in related subject areas.
Entry will also be subject to portfolio review and audition.
In addition, a minimum second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK awarding body or college recognised equivalent international qualification.
Significant equivalent professional experience will also be considered.
Plus, English language competency equivalent to CEFR Level C1 (7.0 overall, 6.5 in each category) if from a non-majority English language speaking country;
The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us about your aims in the music industry and why this course would benefit your music performing career. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show your interest music and creativeness, demonstrated by one or more of the following:
- Being literate in a DAW and proficient studio environment
- Current music activities as a graduate
- Recordings as a producer of a soloist or band project
- Writing or producing music