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Undergraduate prospectus 2023/24

Music and Sound Production, BA Hons

Our BA Hons in Music and Sound Production is designed to open your ears to a wide range of musical worlds, from music production to sound design and from film music to game sound.

Offering a range of exciting modules, the course gives you the chance - through practical work - to develop your creative voice and build your skills in creative sound and music production.

Taught by leading experts in the field, and with the course’s content informed by our industry partners, you will know that the skills you acquire will help you to build a career in the music industry.

You’ll have access to a range of facilities - sound studios, film & TV studios, editing labs, and workshop spaces - and some of your teaching will take place in a specialist iMac lab with 7.1 studio monitors.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

W370 G BA/MSP

Location

Greenwich Campus

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2023/24

2023/24 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Develop your skills in creative sound and music production to meet the demands of a diverse, dynamic and evolving creative industry
  • Demonstrate your learning through practical assignments and creative briefs using industry-leading tools and technologies
  • Build your skills in audio engineering, post-production, composition, sound editing, mixing and mastering, sound design and game audio
  • Enjoy guest lectures from expert practitioners and industry professionals

Centre for Sound-Image


Our expert staff explore the latest potentials of sound and audio-visual media.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

  • Composition and Performance 1 (30 Credits)
  • Sonic Cultures and Industries 1 (30 Credits)
  • Recording, Mixing and Mastering (30 Credits)
  • Sound and Media (30 Credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

  • Composition and Performance 2 (30 Credits)
  • Sonic Cultures and Industries 2 (30 Credits)
  • Game Sound and Immersive Audio (30 Credits)
  • Music and Sound for Film (30 Credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

  • Creative Portfolio (60 Credits)
  • Community Music Project (30 Credits)
  • Music and Media Industry Placement (30 Credits)

About the course team

Our core teaching team comprises academics, composers and industry professionals - experts in their fields - who all produce world-leading research in this diverse and interdisciplinary area.

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We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

For entry in September 2023, you will require:

  • 112 UCAS points from A-Levels (we will also accept UCAS points from alternative Level 3 qualifications including: BTEC Nationals, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish and Irish Highers)

AND YOU WILL ALSO REQUIRE:

  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above. We also consider equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

If you have any query on - and for more information about - our entry requirements, please contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

This course will run for the first time from September 2023 so we are unable to give an indication of class sizes.

Independent learning

Students are required to undertake independent learning throughout the degree course. Tasks will include regular set reading and research activities, as well as independent work on practical tasks in our studios, such as composition, sound editing, mixing and mastering.

Overall workload

Students will undertake four 30-credit modules per year in Years 1 and 2. Each module will run across one term. In Year 3, students will undertake two 30-credit modules in Term A, followed by the Creative Portfolio 60-credit module in Term B. Each module consists of 300 hours of work, divided between contact hours and independent study.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2023/24 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Equipment: Although they are not essential to study the course, we do recommend the purchase of a pair of professional studio headphones and a portable external hard drive which you can use to store backups and transfer your work between workstations. It is worth investing seriously in these items as both will be invaluable to you in years to come, through your time at the university and beyond into professional practice. Students must wait until they join the course before considering purchasing either item as course staff will be able to make recommendations on products.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In the third year of study, students will undertake the ‘Music and Media Industry Placement’ 30-credit module. This module allows students to undertake work-based learning in a professional setting related to their course of study. Students will complete a work placement (of 100 hours), alongside regular tutorials and lectures. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.

How long is my placement?

The ‘Music and Media Industry Placement’ module requires students to complete a work placement of 100 hours.

What are the financial arrangements?

Work placement modules are normally unpaid.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This course will equip students with the skills and abilities required to enter various creative media industries, including music, film, theatre and games. Possible roles for graduates might include: studio engineering; radio and television work; professional performance; teaching; video and film sound editing; live sound engineering; record production; film and video music composition; sound effects; sound production for exhibitions and events.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

As a student in the School, you will be a member of a wider creative community. Each year we run a graduate show where our final year students can showcase their best work.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

‘If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

‘If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.