FdA Music Production - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFMN1

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: J931


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This course is aimed at music producers wishing to develop the skills necessary for professional music production. Using our brand new suite of purpose built studios complete with a range of high quality equipment, you will be taught and supported in your studies by tutors who are industry professionals and are happy to share a wealth of professional experience.


Using a combination of analogue and digital technology, you will develop your knowledge and practical skills from recording through mixing to mastering. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on developing your ability to make well considered production decisions. Other areas of study include synthesis and sound design, along with marketing and promotion in order to improve the potential to exploit your own work.


Students are set industry briefs and have the opportunity to work at College events and gigs in Brighton as well as renowned festivals such as Wild Life. More than 25 client projects can be in progress at any one time.


There are numerous links with Alumni with positions in Brighton/Sussex based live sound companies, live venues, festivals, promoters, recording studios, music publishing and media companies, digital marketing, management companies and independent labels.


Students also attend a series of lectures from prominent music industry figures, including record labels, publishers, artist managers, music lawyers and performing artists.


Our key focus is enabling high level learning using industry standard tools, with a view to preparing students for a career in the music business. There is so much on offer here - we’d love to meet you to discuss the course either at interview or on one of our open days.


Student Successes



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Read about the Music department and facilities

 

Course Content

Year 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 state-of-the-art studios and Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton you will be introduced to key concepts including:


  • Mixing

  • Programming

  • Recording

  • Arranging

  • Routing

  • Gain Staging

  • Mastering


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 computing games

  • Keyboard skills (basic music theory)

  • Professional presence (via a blog or website)

  • Digital audio

  • Analogue audio

  • 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. Both years involve 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.


Programme Specification


Check out the FdA Music Production Group on Facebook


Progression/Career Path

Whatever your chosen genre or aspirations, Northbrook will allow you to reach your highest potential. Students hone their craft with the help of our experienced staff and forge careers as Music Producers, Artists/ Performers, Freelance Composers, Sound Engineers, Music Publishers, Touring Musicians or Technical Staff, as well as in TV/Film, Radio, Web based Audio and Music/Audio for Games.

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary.


Interview with portfolio


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Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma In an appropriate subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview


Additional requirements:

  • A good reference or college report

  • A portfolio of work demonstrating a range of musical productions

  • Evidence of academic written work


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

What Past Students Say

"The lecturer’s knowledge is fantastic and they go out of their way to help you out with your questions, be it to do with the course, or just a general question.”
Kris Lasham (FdA Music Production student Year 2)

“From techs to lectures they’re always up for giving you a hand in or out of course work.... I like how easy going everyone is.... I like the monitors picked for most of the rooms... I like that there’s always other musicians to grab inspiration from.”
Elliott Cotterill (FdA Music Production Year 1)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Course Content

Year 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 state-of-the-art studios and Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton you will be introduced to key concepts including:


  • Mixing

  • Programming

  • Recording

  • Arranging

  • Routing

  • Gain Staging

  • Mastering


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 computing games

  • Keyboard skills (basic music theory)

  • Professional presence (via a blog or website)

  • Digital audio

  • Analogue audio

  • 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. Both years involve 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.


Programme Specification


Check out the FdA Music Production Group on Facebook


Progression/Career Path

Whatever your chosen genre or aspirations, Northbrook will allow you to reach your highest potential. Students hone their craft with the help of our experienced staff and forge careers as Music Producers, Artists/ Performers, Freelance Composers, Sound Engineers, Music Publishers, Touring Musicians or Technical Staff, as well as in TV/Film, Radio, Web based Audio and Music/Audio for Games.

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary.


Interview with portfolio


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma In an appropriate subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview


Additional requirements:

  • A good reference or college report

  • A portfolio of work demonstrating a range of musical productions

  • Evidence of academic written work


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

What Past Students Say

"The lecturer’s knowledge is fantastic and they go out of their way to help you out with your questions, be it to do with the course, or just a general question.”
Kris Lasham (FdA Music Production student Year 2)

“From techs to lectures they’re always up for giving you a hand in or out of course work.... I like how easy going everyone is.... I like the monitors picked for most of the rooms... I like that there’s always other musicians to grab inspiration from.”
Elliott Cotterill (FdA Music Production Year 1)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website: