Music Production BA (Hons)

Music Production BA (Hons)

School of Film, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: six years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WJ39; Short form: BA/MuP

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you looking for an industry-accredited music production course at the cutting edge of the music industry? UCLan’s Music Production degree is one of only two JAMES-accredited courses with this title in the UK, and will ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge required to work within the dynamic area of music production and technology.

We invite professional musicians, producers and marketing professionals in to speak to all our students so that you develop real contact with working professionals, and you will work on live projects in industry from Year 2.

The skills that you’ll gain will open the doors to careers within the creative industries, such as composing music, sound recording, video production, post-production and sound design for the web and multimedia.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

260 points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 8 Music Practical and Theory accepted)

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

12th June 2016

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Audio Visual Investigation
  • E-Music and Marketing
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Music in Context
  • Recording 1

Year 2

  • Applied Production Skills
  • Creative Sampler and Sound Library
  • Music Video
  • Research Project
  • Recording 2
  • Video and Sonic Art Installation

Year 3

  • Creative Composition
  • Major Project (Double)
  • Recording 3
  • Plus either Practice as Research (Double)
    or Dissertation
  • Plus Career Development Project

Please note the table applies to full-time study. If studying part-time you can take up to 4 modules per year. Most students take around 5 years to complete a part-time degree course.

Further Information

The Music Production course at UCLan helps you to develop the skills and knowledge required to work within the dynamic area of music production and technology. Innovation is at the core of the course as we encourage you to develop new techniques and skills as a music producer. Creativity is prioritised and the course features composition, creative production skills, recording techniques, sequencing, sampling, sound design, music video, video and sonic art and the contextual study of music and research/academic skills.

The strength of the course is evident through its excellent industry connections which have been recognised through accreditation by the JAMES organisation on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), UK Screen and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

The JAMES panel made positive comments on the ‘tremendous creative freedom’ offered to our students within the course structure and the means by which we have developed the curriculum whilst maintaining its relevance to a fast changing industry. The panel also commented favourably on the fact that the students feel they are ‘stakeholders’ in the course rather than ‘customers’ and that the collaborative and networking opportunities available in the environment of the Media Factory are numerous and exciting.

You will receive training on Logic Studio software, and use Avid Pro Tools, Ableton, Reason, and Final Cut Pro. The subject specific and transferable skills gained through this course allow graduates to move into a variety of careers within the creative industries, such as music composition, sound recording, video production, post-production and sound design for the web and multimedia.

The ability to be self-sustaining as a musician/producer is becoming more important and our curriculum allows the student to develop the required industry skills and knowledges to have a successful portfolio career. Study is mainly practical and focuses on developing both studio and composition skills and our teaching combines practical and theoretical knowledge of music production techniques through creative assignments and projects.

Many of our final year students actively seek course related work experience and are very much supported by the School in terms of flexibility with tutorial times. They will also be supported in part time study where negotiated. Year 2 has a client-based assignment undertaken as a live project in a real world environment while Year 3 has a Career Development Project module, which can involve a work placement and/or involve correspondence with industry. 

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The course has industry connections through its status as an Avid Academic Learning Partner and as an Apple Authorised Training Centre for Education.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the JAMES organisation on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), UK Screen and the Music Producers Guild (MPG). The degree transcript will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making you stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment.

JAMES Online


Learning Environment and Assessment

You will receive training (with the option of gaining qualifications) in Logic Studio software and Avid Pro Tools, and our studios and computer suites also have Ableton, Reason, and Final Cut Pro available.

Assessment is through practical submissions, presentations and written work including supporting documentations and essays. We also use viva voces, seminars and tutorials as methods of formative and summative assessment and feedback for the work the students produce.

We have the freedom to pursue different possibilities in recording and composition instead of being forced into a narrow focus.


Completing this degree can lead to a variety of careers, such as working as a record producer, songwriter, sound designer or performer. One of our international students has had a number one record in Greece and several are working as sound designers/music composers. One of our graduates was offered work experience by a composer commissioned by Danny Boyle working on the Frankenstein production in the West End; a graduate from our course from 2010 is in a broadcast management role at the BBC; another composes music for iPad games; and we have a graduate who is working in video production for a national sportswear company. We also have a number of graduates working in education both as teachers and technicians.

This course also offers options for study exchanges overseas in Year 2, where you will be fully supported by the School. ERASMUS links for exchange opportunities are being developed with institutions in Europe and USA.


You will have 24/7 access to the Media Factory housing state-of-the-art recording studios with the standard live room/control room configuration. There are also 5 project studios/programming rooms, two large Mac equipped computer teaching rooms, an open access Mac/PC room, a professional sound stage and video edit suites.

Please follow this link for more details on the Media Factory recording studios.

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