FdA Music Production

BA (Hons) Music Production (Progression Route)


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These courses provide training in the core skills of music composing, sequencing, musical arranging, live sound recording, sound for games, studio recording and post production techniques required for careers in the music or related media industries. Students can expect industry standard equipment and training by practicing professionals. 

UCS Bury St Edmunds is an approved AVID Sponsored School. A unique feature of this course is the opportunity to achieve accredited Pro Tools training (101 and 110 qualifications) alongside the degree.

The affiliations with ‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra|’, ‘The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir|’, ‘The Prometheus Orchestra|’ and ‘The Suffolk Sinfonia|’ gives students the opportunity to have hands-on experience of recording live orchestral/choir performances.

By the end of their studies, students should be familiar with the workflow and demands of the creative industries, and should have gained the confidence and competence to make a professional contribution to it.

The Progression Route focuses on audio post-production, scoring with Sibelius and audio restoration. Professional Business Skills enhances development of project management and self-employment for the professional music sector.

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the degree.



Suffolk Sinfonia Orchestra recorded live at The Apex
by FdA Music Production students


This course is accredited by

James Joint Audio Media Education Support

Content and Modules

FdA modules include: Composition, Live Sound Recording, Audio Systems, Sound and Image, Studio Recording, Production Music, Major client Project, Mixing Techniques and Sound for Computer Games .

UCS Bury St Edmunds is an approved AVID Sponsored School. A unique feature of this course is the opportunity to achieve accredited Pro Tools training (AVID 101 and 110 qualifications).

BA (Hons) modules include:  Sample Library Creation, Creative Post Production, Entrepreneurship, Musicians and Traditions and the Dissertation.


Second year FdA student mixing in one of the UCS studios

Further Information

UCS Bury St Edmunds operates a busy commercial studio with paying clients from across East Anglia and beyond. Students are expected to derive much of their required work placement experience by operating, under supervision, full studio and recording sessions for visiting bands, musical ensembles, orchestras and other clients. Composition opportunities will also be available for those interested in scoring for film, and computer games.

These degrees enhance a current or potential career in music composing, publishing, location recording, live sound and studio recording. Skills learned would be equally useful in the film, radio and television broadcast industries. Related opportunities could include music for web, music for games design, musical software production, sample libraries and manufacturing.

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What is included in your tuition fees

At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Read full details of the included and additional costs for FdA Music Production|.



BA (Hons) Music Production mastering session with Tim Young
at Metropolis Studios

Former Music Production student nominated for BAFTA

WHEN David Housden graduated from University Campus Suffolk with a degree in music production in the summer of 2011, he gave himself 12 months to “make it”.

Little did he know that during the following 18 months he would become a successful  freelance computer games composer, that Jonathan Ross would hand-pick him to record the soundtrack to a video game and that he would be nominated for a BAFTA.

“When I graduated I said to myself I would give myself a year working part-time and composing in my spare time,” said 26-year-old David, of Colchester Road, Ipswich. “I would have looked into teaching or some other proper career in music if I didn’t make it. But as it turns out, I’m getting paid every day to write songs in my bedroom. It is the dream. University is a gamble but it paid off for me.”

FdA Year Two Student - Dale Bennett

Dale's album (which was part of his Major Client Project module) has been mastered at leading studio ‘Metropolis’ by engineer Andy Baldwin (Blur, The Who, KT Tunstall amongst others).  Dales music has been picked up by BBC Introducing, the album ‘Make my Own Breaks’ will be available on iTunes July, and you can watch his latest music video by clicking here|

Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.

Fees and Finance

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If you have any further queries, please contact the UCS Infozone| 
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At a glance details

UCAS Code:

FdA: J930 FdA/MusP
BA (Hons): JW93 BA/MuP 

Typical Offer:


2016 Entry:

200 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)


2017 Entry:

80 UCAS tariff

points (or above)

BB (A-Level)


BA (Hons): Foundation degree (or equivalent)


Other Requirements:

An interview may form part of the application process


Applications are welcome from all who can benefit from and successfully complete the course.



UCS Bury St Edmunds| (campus code B) 



Two years full-time

Three years part-time

BA (Hons):

One year full-time

Two years part-time


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