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FdA Creative Music Production

This course allows you to explore and develop your personal creative practice in the field of music production across interdisciplinary platforms.

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Key information

Course code: B04941 UCAS code: W302 Course type: University Level, International, Full-time Duration: 2 Years Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Minimum UCAS points: old system 160 / new system 64 End qualification: Foundation Degree in Music Production Awarding body: University of Brighton Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £8,290 Assessment: Practical performances and written assignments.

Course aims and areas


In year one, you will explore the nature of sound and how music is created and produced via modules in sound recording, computer music production, experimental sound and work-related study.

You will apply what you learn from these studies in a personal research project carried out by visiting and interacting with practitioners and organisations within the music production industry.

Year two is about both broadening and honing your knowledge, skills and understanding with the opportunity to compose and arrange music in a production context.

You will apply your skills to working with multimedia products such as computer games or film and television. You will be able to develop a personal and professional focus through undertaking professional practice and a substantial audio related project.

Course Units

Year 1

  • Computer Music Systems
  • Context & Methodology
  • Experimental Sound
  • Sound Studio Techniques
  • Work-related Creative Practice

Year 2

  • Music and Sound for Moving Image
  • Contextual Studies: Music Production
  • Arts - optional modules
  • Professional Practice
  • Personal project and presentation

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.

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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How to apply

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Work Experience

The course encourages you to find work experience opportunities in commercial recording studios in Brighton as well as with local record labels and other creative music companies.

In the first year, you will identify and develop networks within the local industry, whilst in the second you will respond to the specific professional requirements of their chosen genre or discipline. 

You are tutored and encouraged to develop long-standing contacts that often extend beyond the length of their study programme, and to engage with existing development opportunities with partners such as The Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton 1FM, and Loopmasters. 

Our aim is that you not only develop the technical skills required for their chosen area of practice, but leave the course as working/gigging professional artists and producers in their own right.

What's Next?

On successful completion of the Creative Music Production Foundation Degree students can progress onto our BA (Hons) Creative Music Practice one year top-up course.

Whether you are looking to develop yourself within the freelance, self-employed or business roles within the music industry, the creative music production foundation degree in provides you with the essential skill-set for the music producer of today.

Learn with experienced music industry academics and professionals, through a hands-on, practical experience of working in contemporary music production.

Past students have identified and applied themselves to various roles within the current music industry, entering employment with record labels (Fat Cat, Skint Records), sound designers (Loopmasters) and as signed artists working within a variety of musical genres.

  • 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 the Creative Music Production Foundation Degree course 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 Gareth Halsall Creative Music Production Foundation Degree

    ““The most useful things I learnt on the course were the use of sequencers and synthesizers. I’m now head of Loopmasters’ sub label Patchworx which deals in selling patches and pre-sets for soft synths”.”

    Gareth Halsall
  • Views David Pearce Creative Music Production Foundation Degree

    “The FdA in Creative Music Production helped me develop the confidence to pursue my career in sound design.”

    David Pearce
  • 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

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

ENTRY £25,019

AVERAGE £36,777


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  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

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