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BA (Hons) Creative Music Production (top-up)

This exciting course enables individuals who have a foundation degree or higher national diploma in music to top-up their qualification to an honours degree.

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Key information

Course code: B0403 UCAS code: 4R76 Course type: Full-time, University Level Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Completion of Foundation Creative Music Production or a higher national diploma in music End qualification: BA (Hons) in Creative Music Production Awarding body: University of Brighton Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £8,290 Assessment: Practical performances and written projects.

Course aims and areas

This course will expose students to new and experimental ways of working, to offer the opportunity to both broaden contextual and critical understanding and develop their own specialised creative practice.

By undertaking a substantial audio project, students develop a professional portfolio centrepiece and work towards maintaining a sustainable practice which anticipates, as well as responds to on going changes within the music industry and wider arts.

During the course you will produce an album within a chosen genre and create interactive sound art installations.
You will study the advancement of new studio-recording methods and techniques and generative works using audio/visual programming languages.
You will also look at socio-political sound-based critical studies and create surround sound works for films or video games.

Split over four modules, the course content offers the ability to refine existing academic and intellectual skills, as well as provides scope for development of innovative approaches to music production. The largest of these modules invites you to create a substantial audio portfolio in line with your own personal creative practice.

Course Units

Integrated Practice: The breadth of application of creative music production within the professional and contemporary culture, exploring extra-musical stimuli to create an integrated creative musical production piece of your choice. New media technologies in practice will be explored, with opportunities to fuse music and media together in creative and innovative ways.

Audio Cultures
: During semester 1, the module introduces you to a range of critical theories connected with the study of music as well as training in research methodologies. 

: This is a chance for you to interrogate something that interests you about music or audio production. If you are unsure about what that might be you are guided by support workshops to help structure a proposal for study. You will be able to delve deep in to a subject area of your choice and will be supported by a supervisor who will help you maintain your path to the end goal of the study. 

Individual Project
: This enables you to focus your research further by undertaking a substantial audio project of your choice. Creative outputs could include but are not limited to concept driven albums, audio-visual projects, installation work, generative and interactive audio. You will work throughout the year on a project that you are interested in and you are supported in the development of a research proposal as well as by technical workshops and visiting lecturers. 

Why the MET?

You will work with highly experienced staff who are current practitioners and academics within industry.

You will have opportunities to gain real-world experience across a wide range of practices and career-paths.

You will be able to establish your own practice outside of the educational environment in order to test public reaction in the local community and from established professionals.

The course will engage you with numerous curriculum enhancement activities such as playing and promoting gigs and writing and producing for 1Brighton FM radio station.

Access to a dynamic music scene and many performance venues

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

We have a range of entry requirements and are keen to assess each application individually, recognising that our applicants have a range of backgrounds and qualifications. Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition (if relevant) and any experience.

To read our higher education entry guide, click here.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

Your tuition fee status is based on your UCAS application and any additional information you provide to us. This status determines the fees you pay and your eligibility for student finance.

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Work Experience

Brighton MET has partners such as The Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton 1FM, and Loopmasters and work experience with these partners is available. 

If you take part in work experience and real life commitments you will develop the technical skills and academic required for your chosen area of practice.

You will leave the course as practitioners and producers in your own right and respond to and anticipate changes within the industry.

What's Next?

On successful graduation you will be equipped to progress their studies to postgraduate level with teaching qualifications (such as PGCE) or Masters (MA) in Sonic Media and others.

Students go on to have careers in many areas of the music and media industries including record labels, as artists, sound designers, producers, engineers, post-production, sound for interactive media, sonic arts, education, events and promotion.

By the time you graduate you will have identified your specialist field in the music industry and be able to continue developing and working in this role either through starting your own business or through employment.

You will have a strong understanding of the current music industry climate and the possibilities within it. 

  • Higher Education Student Social and Study space (HUB), with individual and group workstations, large display screens and iPads
  • Mac suite with – Logic Pro, Pro Tools and other software.
  • Synthesis lab incorporating modular synthesiser and isolation booths including equipment by Doepfer, Moog, Korg.
  • Three well-equipped, professional, in-house recording studios including equipment by Neumann, Teletronix, Universal Audio, Neve, SPL, Audient.
  • Mixing and production booths incorporating a surround-sound 5.1 environment for film/video-game sound production.

In preparation for studying, we strongly advise that you invest in studio headphones and an external hard drive.

There may be various trip costs within the UK to gigs, exhibitions, shows as is appropriate to the course and your personal development as a practitioner.

  • alumni Views Phil Hutchins

    “The BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course helped me find and pursue a career in TV and film.”

    Phil Hutchins
  • alumni Views Nathan Cleary Creative Music Production BA (Hons) top-up

    “I have studied at other institutions but nothing that compared with the personal touch of Brighton Met!”

    Nathan Cleary
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Potential Careers


Typical Tasks:

  • Conceives and writes original music.
  • Tunes instrument and studies and rehearses score.
  • Plays instrument as a soloist or as a member of a group or orchestra.
  • Scores music for different combinations of voices and instruments to produce desired effect.
  • Auditions and selects performers and rehearses and conducts them in the performance of the composition.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

108 Available opportunities -1.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.

ENTRY £25,019

AVERAGE £36,777


Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

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