Our BA in Music (Production) degree has been designed to develop your particular interests in music. It aims to equip you with a deep understanding of today’s musical world, enabling you to working across a wide range of the musical styles and genre that make up the diversity of contemporary music-making.
In your first year you will receive an essential grounding in sound recording and processing, composition, performance and musicology. You will be able to discuss all your musical activities with your fellow students and the teaching staff to get the constructive feedback that will help you develop.
You can choose from a range of optional modules in your second year and final year. This means you develop your own bespoke music course to prepare you for your chosen career in the music world. Examples of specialist options you could choose include composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.
You will be taught by some of the leading figures in today’s contemporary music: sound designers, composers, performers and producers. They are all active in the music profession, with strong connections to the music community in London, the UK and across Europe. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with them, working together on a wide variety of creative projects.
Our music facilities include a fully sound-proofed recording studio, performance spaces for rehearsal and performances, and practice rooms equipped with keyboards, drum kits and amps. Access is available to an editing suite with Mac computer workstations where you can work on your music using industry-standard music-processing software.
During your time at Brunel, you’ll benefit from guest lectures delivered by leading figures in the music industry. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London’s exciting music scene for planned trips to studios, shows, concerts and venues.
Our Music (Production) degree can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years. We encourage the placement year option. This time in the music industry will help you prepare for the world of work with a year of invaluable professional experience. You could find yourself working in recording studios, in media and games companies, or for a live music venue.
Before you graduate you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your abilities, working alongside professional musicians. Brunel University London promotes many concerts and other live music events where you’ll be able to network and gain feedback from visiting artists.
UK entry requirements
GCE A-level BBC.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.
EU and International entry requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5 to 6 years part-time, starting in September.
Year 1 Compulsory
MU1608 Ensemble I: The Art of Performing
MU1609 Materials of Music I: Inside the Language
MU1610 Ways of Hearing I: Genres Through Time
MU1611 Composing I: Capturing Ideas
MU1612 Studio Production I: Introduction to the Art of Sound and Technology
MU1613 Professional Development I: Building a Collaborative Musical Project from A-Z
Year 2 Compulsory
MU2614 Ways of Hearing II: The Theatre of Technology
MU2615 Professional Development II: Communicating and Teaching
MU2618 Studio Production II: Advanced Techniques and Designing Your Own Tools
MU2621 Sound Engineering Theory
MU2622 Creative Studio Practice
MU2613 Materials of Music II: Outside the Box From the Inside
MU2616 Ensemble II: Leadership, Directing and Improvisation
MU3622 Studio Production III: Taking Sonic Art To the Stage
MU3623 Advanced Sound Engineering Techniques
MU3618 Ensemble III: Creating Performance
MU3619 Materials of Music III: Advanced Technical Portfolio
MU3620 Ways of Hearing III: Cultures and Subcultures
MU3621 Composing III: Advanced Portfolio
£1,385 placement year
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
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