BA (Hons) Music Production and Performance (23M7)


Buckinghamshire New University

BA (Hons) Music Production and Performance

Course Overview

Bucks pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Studying at Bucks means you will be associated with our highly regarded teaching programme and you'll benefit from a leading team of expert lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.

We have extensive and advanced industry standard recording facilities at Bucks. This includes three main recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms, as well as three professional edit suites. The course builds on existing department strengths and partnerships, including industry facing links such as BBC Introducing, Sennheiser and Focusrite.

By integrating studies in creative music practice, critical listening and audio production the course will help you to understand the connections between these different activities and how they can be integrated into future careers as producers, performers, composers, researchers or educators.


Course Details

The course will help you to develop many of the skills that are required by the creative industries. Modules on the course will prepare you for life in music environments, such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and (music) related entrepreneurial ventures.

The key aims of the course are to develop a wide range of music production and performance skills, making use of technologies to compose, perform, record and produce original music. This will lead to a substantial portfolio of original work in performance, composition and production. Throughout the course you will develop your problem solving, listening and research skills, and in turn you can direct these entrepreneurial abilities towards a productive freelance future.

As you progress you will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with students across the creative courses of the School and with our industry partners. By the final stages of this degree you will ready to undertake original research in a range of key areas including production, performance and composition.

At the heart of this new course is a commitment to preparing you for work in areas such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music-related entrepreneurial ventures. The course offers a vibrant, innovative and engaging curriculum that delivers work-ready graduates who will be equipped to compete in the national and international employment marketplace.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Course Modules

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 2 Modules:
  • Professional Performance Practice
  • Studio Production Techniques
  • Studio Production Process
  • Experimental Music Composition
  • Production Analysis
  • Audio Production Techniques: Live
Year 3 Modules:
  • Professional Performance Management
  • Production Company Project
  • Dissertation
  • Live Show Design

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

  • Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

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