These courses provide training in the core skills of music composing, sequencing, musical arranging, live sound recording, sound for games, recording studio 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.
By the end of their studies, students should be familiar with the nature 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, composing and related media. Emphasis is also placed on the development of project management and specialist technical skills essential to professionals in the music production sector.
A variety of assessment methods are used such as creative and practical music production, written assignments, portfolios, group work, time limited exercises and formal written examinations.
UCS students visit Metropolis Studios
BA (Hons) Music Production students and staff at UCS Bury St Edmunds had the fantastic opportunity of visiting Metropolis Studios, the most successful independent recording and production facility in Europe.
Tim Young, one of the best known mastering engineers working with acts such as The Kooks, Bat For Lashes, Massive Attack, Beatles, Elbow amongst others gave a personalised tour of the studios, whilst also mastering one of the course leader Steven Coltart’s tracks.
Steven said: “Having the opportunity of seeing a genuine world leading engineer master one of my tracks was incredibly inspiring. The studio tour was unbelievable and both students and staff are incredibly grateful for Tim taking time out of his weekend to accommodate us. It’s a visit we will not forget!”
For anyone interested in having his or her own songs mastered Tim offers an iMastering service from his Metropolis studio. More information can be viewed here, http://www.imastering.co.uk/engineers/tim_young/
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.
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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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 following this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2QzsT_cm_I&feature=player_embedded
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.
Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.