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BA (Hons)

Creative Music Production / Popular Music 2014 entry

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Whatever your area of expertise, be it improvisation, performance or songwriting this course will allow you to develop your practical work and experience of live performances. You will also have the opportunity to study another area of music, perhaps from electronic composition, recording techniques or contemporary classical music. In addition, instrumental tuition on your first study instrument will be available.

Creative Music Production integrates aspects of electro-acoustic music, electronic performance and music technology in a critical and practical framework, and combines a substantially practical teaching and learning experience with written and verbal contextualisation.

Year of entry 2014

Length 3 years full-time

UCAS code(s) W396

Fees UK and EU full-time students: £9,000 · Non-EU international full-time students: £11,000

Location Cheshire Campus

Department Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Features & benefits of the course

  • New purpose-built performance studios, practice rooms and fully-equipped music technology suite.
  • Delivered by tutors with a wealth of experience as practitioners, researchers and educators, the programme is further enhanced by visiting professional practitioners.
  • New, purpose-built arts facilities including performance studios, practice rooms and music technology studios
  • Take an online tour of our dedicated performance spaces

About the course

Units you will study

  • Year 1

    Teaching is organised in units that typically involve lectures, seminars and practical/tutorial work. Most units are assessed by a mixture of coursework and formal examination, although there are a number of units that are assessed by coursework only.

    In each year of full-time study, you will take 120 credits, made up of a number of units which are worth 30 credits each.

    In Year 1 you will take 60 credits of core units from each of your two subjects.

    • Core Units
      Ideologies: Issues in Contemporary Musical Thinking 1

      This unit will introduce you to a range of critical and contextual frameworks relevant to the study of Music, Popular Music and Music and develop your ability to formulate and present arguments in both written and oral formats. This unit will allow you to engage with contextual, critical/philosophical, and analytical ideas, and develop your ability to formulate and present arguments in both written and oral formats.

      Musics Pathways: NEXUS 1

      This unit develops musical skills that will equip you to undertake Level 5 specialisms in up to two of the following areas: instrumental/vocal performance, technical (studio) practice, composition, theory, musicology, foreign language.  The unit draws on strands available in the other Level 4 Musics Network units as well as those, such as Aural & Theory classes and Instrumental/Vocal tuition, unique to this unit.

    • Option Units
      Creative Forum (Music)

      This unit will help you to develop basic skills in composition, performance, theory and appraisal through participation in, and group evaluation of, a group performance project. You will develop the skills and strategies necessary for devising and performing instrumental and vocal music through a progressive series of practical projects. This unit is based around intensive practical work, which will culminate in a public performance.

      Creative Forum (Popular Music)

      In this unit you will develop basic skills in composition, performance, theory and appraisal through participation in, and evaluation of, a group performance project. This unit presents you with a series of practical projects through which the strategies and skills necessary for devising and performing popular music will be developed.

      Creative Forum Studio Composition

      This unit offers a basic introduction to the development of computer DAW sequencing techniques, in relation to the creation of composition and sound design work for a variety of multimedia environments. In this unit you will practically explore the role of an Electro-composer and will produce a portfolio of composition and sound design work at the end of this unit.

      Creative Forum Studio Practice

      In this unit you will develop basic skills in production and gain a theoretical understanding of studio and field, and analogue and digital recording.Through practice and theory, this unit explores the role of the modern sound engineer. Although this unit concentrates on technical and practical topics, contact time will also be spent exploring theoretical and contextual issues surrounding music production.

      Ensemble Studies

      Through performances and supporting studies, this unit will help to develop your skills in ensemble practices. This will be achieved through your participation in practical ensemble work in the spring and summer terms for 3 hours each week. Preparation for ensemble performance work will begin in the autumn term through a supporting lecture series called Contextual Musicianship Studies.

       

  • Year 2

    In Year 2 you can choose the balance of your two subjects:

    Equal study 60 credits from each of your subjects

    Major/minor study 90 credits from the major subject and 30 credits from the minor subject.

    You may study units such as critical studies in popular music, popular song writing and performance studies.

    • Core Units
      Methodologies: Issues in Contemporary Musical Thinking 2

      Building on Ideologies at L4 - which focussed on critical and contextual frameworks - this unit will introduce you to a range of methodological and analytical frameworks.

      Studio Composition L5

      This unit provides a developing framework for the practice of studio composition and sound design through the development of computer DAW sequencing and hardware system techniques.

      Studio Practice L5

      This unit provides a developing framework for the understanding of recording studio production. Through practice and theory, this unit explores the role of the modern mixing engineer.

    • Option Units
      Composition 1

      You will explore art music composition through the analysis of key works from the 20th/21st century repertoire leading to the development of a portfolio of compositions.

      Musics Pathways: NEXUS 2

      This unit develops musical skills that will equip you to undertake Level 6 specialisms in up to two of the following areas: instrumental/vocal performance, technical (studio) practice, composition, theory, musicology or a foreign language.

      Popular Songwriting L5

      This unit will develop your practical skills in the area of popular songwriting. Your skills of critical reflection and awareness of the artistic context of your work will also be developed.

  • Year 3

    In your final year you can continue with the equal or major/minor route you have chosen in Year 2 or you can choose from the following options:

    If you have chosen equal study in Year 2 you can choose major/minor study in Year 3.

    If you have chosen major/minor study in Year 2, in most subject areas you can choose units completely in your major subject in Year 3. This option is called named route study and leads to a single subject degree. See below for a list of available named route degrees.

    All final year Combined Honours students must complete a directed project, dissertation or independent study unit. If you take equal study you can choose this unit in any of the two subject areas; if you take major/minor study, you will take this unit as part of your major subject.

    • Core Units
      Specialist Studies in Creative Music Production

      This unit will further develop students' understanding of historical, contextual and critical issues as they relate to the study of an aspect of Western Art and Popular Music studio production.

      Specialist Studies in Popular Music

      This unit will develop students' understanding of historical, contextual and critical issues as they relate to the study of popular music.

    • Option Units
      Music Tutorial Negotiated Unit

      This unit gives you the opportunity to develop special areas of study and skill to an appropriately high level. Work experience and placements may be incorporated in the negotiated strategies for learning.

      Popular Songwriting L6

      This unit will further develop students' practical skills in the area of popular songwriting. There will be additional emphases on contemporary approaches and negotiated areas of study.

      Studio Composition L6

      This unit provides a framework for the further development of studio composition and sound design techniques.

      Studio Practice L6

      This unit provides a framework for the further development of recording studio production. Through practice and theory, this unit explores the role of the post production engineer.

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Assessment details

Coursework only, including practical and written work.

Career options after the course

Students regularly go on to successful careers in film, television and theatre and previous graduates have established careers as actors, dancers, directors, theatre crew, teachers, artistic directions of their own theatre companies and other arts professionals.

Music students have developed careers as performers, session musicians, composers or studio technicians.

Alternatively many students go on to postgraduate study and employment in a wide variety of professions.

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

240-280

Minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as MMM on BTEC Extended Diploma)

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C (or alternative) in English Language.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Access to HE Diploma with half of the level 3 credits at merit or above will be considered for entry to this course.

International Baccalaureate points

28

IELTS score required for international students

6.0

Additional Requirements

You must also meet the requirements of the subject you wish to combine with.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

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