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
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
Working with clients
Sound for film and computing games
Keyboard skills (basic music theory)
Professional presence (via a blog or website)
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.
Check out the FdA Music Production Group on Facebook
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.
Individual offers may vary.
Interview with portfolio
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
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)
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).
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