Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Music Production - full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

This course is developed and taught by current music industry professionals in unrivalled facilities with the aim of developing your unique career path in music. You will work in our specially designed 24 room studio complex with the technical spec and acoustic performance to match the best commercial studios.

Key features

  • Extensive state-of-the-art facilities to rival top commercial studios 
  • Professional software and plugins
  • Taught by industry experts
  • Creative freedom on assessed projects

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See a 4-minute video of our facilities in use >

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Validation
Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Music Production is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Course entry requirements

  • Interview and portfolio.
  • Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • Industry experience may be taken into account.

Interview and portfolio information:

Your interview will take place in the production booths within our new music studio block. You are required to bring a memory stick containing two or three examples of your recorded work. You will also need to bring evidence of your academic written skills; this can be a piece of existing academic work or a 500 word review of a pre-recorded track of your choice, paying particular attention to the production quality.

Your interview process will include the following:

  • Demonstration of recorded work
  • Evidence of written skills (see above requirements)
  • Evidence of aural skills
  • Interview with question and answer session

Cross-college entry guide

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Course content

You will work in our specially designed 24 room studio complex with the technical spec and acoustic performance to match the best commercial studios - as well as our five Apple Mac music workstation rooms, our fully equipped Learning Resource Centre, our Theatre, and numerous well-equipped classrooms.

You will build your production, recording and programming skills, and apply them in our artist development programme, in which you can grow as an artist, producer, composer, programmer, engineer or any combination of the above. The course includes track creation, recording, mixing, mastering, live sound, synthesis, sampling, some acoustic and music theory, weekly visits from key music industry practitioners, essential practical music business knowledge and work experience opportunities.

Collaboration opportunities abound with students of performance, production, photography, media, graphic design, props, costume, musical theatre, fashion, games design, acting and other creative areas - and with our extensive contacts in the music industry.

The course involves the making of significant amounts of self-directed music in the form of a project each year, meaning you will be building a significant body of current work.


Years 1 - Skills acquisition

The first year is all about the recording and programming skills you will need for the whole degree up to the third year. Using our world class studios and Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton you will be introduced to key concepts including:

    Mixing
    Programming
    Recording
    Arranging
    Routing
    Gain staging
    Mastering

These topics are explored fully in a range of assignments. Alongside this you will be tested in your ability to manage the rigours of desk operation for large recording sessions as well as having a grounding in key cultural and organisational aspects of the music Industry.

Year 2 - Initial explorations

The second year is about applying skills to various real world situations and then evaluating the results along with your tutor and peers. You will also be introduced to more advanced processing and synthesis concepts along with explorations of the mechanisms of sound including:

    Working with clients
    Sound for film and computer games
    Keyboard skills (basic music theory)
    Professional presence (via a blog or website)
    Digital audio
    Analogue audio
    Acoustics and psychoacoustics

Assignments over the year are a 20 minute music portfolio, industry briefs (range of projects for clients) and library music all designed to give you the best range of feedback to enhance your skills.

Year 3

The third year offers students a chance to perfect their mixing, recording, creative, musical and technical skills. Students specialise in their own area and produce ambitious projects to help carve out a career in their chosen field. With extended access to studio facilities and specialist tutors, our final year degree students are producing and releasing professional work that stretches them to realise their highest potential.


See some of our recent music department alumni success stories (PDF) >

Facilities

Our custom-designed studio complex features: Four high-spec control rooms, five acoustically-balanced live rooms, three digital/post suites, one DJ room and ten pre-production booths, five computer clusters, three classrooms and a large lecture/performance space.

Using industry standard Logic, Protools, Ableton with a wide range of plugins such as Ozone, Native Instruments -

Hardware includes SSL, TL Audio and Audient desks, for processing Empirical Labs (Distressors), Dbx, Drawmer, TL Audio and many other platforms in studios and production rooms. Access to East West, Sonox plugs, Focusrite, Neve and SSL pre-amps, huge range of microphones and synthesisers, DI boxes, soundcards and headphones.

 

Potential careers

  • Music producer
  • Studio engineer
  • Recording artist
  • Live sound engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • DJ/producer
  • Audio for games
  • Film sound
  • Post production sound
  • alumni Views Sam Justice

    “I studied music at Northbrook MET coming up for 10 years ago! Since then I've gone on to work in the games industry and set up one of the most successful game audio companies in the UK (www.sweetjustice.audio).”

  • Views Chris Cohen, who has been working at MOtse studio, China

    “I know 100% that I wouldn't have been able to get this far without my course at the Northbrook MET”

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