Looking to start a career in live or studio music production? Suitable for both schooled and self-taught producers of all skill levels, Solent University’s popular music production programme combines technical learning with an in-depth study of the history, context and theory behind contemporary music production.
Students will build the required skills by working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment including:
- five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HDX and NI Komplete,
- three ICON DCommand worksurfaces,
- an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,
- outboard by Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio,
- microphones by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Rode,
- plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox,
- Yamaha M7 and LS9 digital live mixers,
- and a Music Technology Lab with 25 Apple Macs, Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius.
Past students have benefitted from the course team’s excellent links to industry by attending guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have included Mike Moran, composer; Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Gary Langhan, sound engineer; and Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music.
Students will also be able to tailor the course to their own interests through optional projects and units in the second and third years. These units can help to inform your career and ensure that your technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry.
Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles at record labels, post-production studios, and film and television companies.
What does this course lead to?
Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as assistant artist manager, audio engineer, and record production assistant at organisations like Bang Post-Production, Sony Music, Envy post-production, Global Documentary, Columbia records, Metropolis Studios, EMI Music Licensing and Stage Miracles.
Who is this course for?
This popular music production programme focuses on both live and studio production, combining technical training with an in-depth study of music history, appreciation, and academic theory.
Applicants may come from a range of academic backgrounds. Although a prior related qualification isn’t essential, those who haven’t previously studied production will need to bring a demonstration of their most recent work.