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BA (Hons) Music and Sound Recording
BA (Hons) Music and Sound Recording

BA (Hons) Music and Sound Recording

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

A levels,

  • AAB including A in Music Technology or Music

  • If you are not taking A level Music or Music Technology we will accept AAB in three A Levels plus ABRSM or Trinity Grade 5 Theory and Grade 7 Performance. Other equivalent qualifications and exam boards may be considered on a case by case basis.

Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher. An additional A Level or equivalent qualification in Music or Music Technology will be required.

BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD in Music or Music Technology. If you are taking a BTEC in a different subject, an additional A Level or equivalent qualification in Music or Music Technology will be required.

Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Music

European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, including 85% in Music

International Baccalaureate, 35 points including 6 in Music at Higher Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

The primary way we experience the music we enjoy and find fascinating, whether it was written centuries ago or released just last week, is through sound recording. 

Capturing music to a professional standard requires a combination of technical and musical expertise. A successful career in music production demands practical, engineering and scientific knowledge of the recording process, as well as a deep understanding of music creativity, practice, and entrepreneurship. 

This course acknowledges that music and production are no longer separate activities. At its heart is a contemporary view of music production and associated audio professions that recognises the dramatic and ongoing changes in the recording and media industries in recent years. You'll have an opportunity to create an individual set of intellectual, technical and creative skills from a core programme of artistic and technical development.

You'll cover a range of production technologies and techniques aligned to a wide variety of music including popular, rock, electronic, classical, contemporary, and non-western music. You will study audio engineering and music technology subjects, gain practical recording experience, and engage with music theory and practice. 

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Year 1

Core modules

You'll take a range of core modules, which may include:

  • Introduction to Sound Recording 

  • Creative Coding I

  • Making Music, Studying Music 

  • Practical and Technical Development I 

  • Sound Recording Techniques and Aesthetics 

Option modules

You'll choose option modules from the selection available to BA Music students. Rather than being split by year, students from all years of the degree are taught together, giving you invaluable opportunities to meet and learn from other students on the course. We update these modules every year.

  • Recent examples of module options

Year 2

Core modules

You'll take core modules, which may include:

  • Audio Assemblage and Processing 

  • Pop, Rock and Electronic Production and Aesthetics

  • Creative Coding II

  • Practical and Technical Development II 

Option modules

You'll choose a selection of option modules from the list available to BA Music students. You'll be able to choose from a similar range of options as in your first year, although modules do vary year on year.

  • See our list of module options

Year 3

Core modules

You'll take core taught modules, which may include:

  • Sound Practice and Entrepreneurship 

  • Practical and Technical Development III 

You'll also complete an independent project, in which you will develop a substantial piece of creative, technical or scholarly work which will be presented to professional standards.

  • Independent Project for Music and Sound Recording 

Option modules

You'll choose modules from the selection available to BA Music students. You will choose from similar options to those available to you in your second year. 

  • See our list of module options

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates go on to build successful careers in music, as well as in fields such as law, finance and management. Recent graduate careers include:

  • Film sound

  • BBC production (Proms and Radio 3 & 4)

  • Classic FM production

  • UK Concert Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra

  • General Director of the Southbank Sinfonia

  • Freelance musicians

  • Opera direction

  • London Symphony Orchestra

Others have gone on to work in:

  • broadcast and media

  • professional performance

  • arts management

  • teaching and community education

  • university lecturing

  • music outreach

  • music publishing (most major houses)

  • major music agencies

  • orchestral management

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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