Music Production | BA (Hons) Degree
Why this course?
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.
- Extensive state-of-the-art facilities to rival top commercial studios
- Professional software and plugins
- Taught by industry experts
- Creative freedom on assessed projects
Video tour of our facilities
Our students' work
Listen to a selection of our students' end of year work on Soundcloud.
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
Check out these recent videos by LiveLoungeRecordings and Mudhut of Son of Cable - sound recorded by our BA Music Production students.
alumni Views Sam JusticeI studied music at Northbrook College 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, ChinaI know 100% that I wouldn't have been able to get this far without my course at the Northbrook College
Course entry requirements
Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course.
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
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
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:
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)
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.
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.
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.
Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical workshops
- self-directed study
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- project work
- written assignments
Music degrees at the MET
Hear from Programme Lead Mike Pailthorpe and current students about why our music degrees are so unique.
- Music producer
- Studio engineer
- Recording artist
- Live sound engineer
- Mastering engineer
- Audio for games
- Film sound
- Post production sound
Fees and financial support
Additional costs which may arise as a result of materials and/or compulsory field trips connected with your course. We estimate that these costs could be between £100 and £500, but this amount may vary depending upon the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt. You may also choose to go on other field trips or research visits and the costs of these could be between £50 and £150.