Music Production BA (Hons)

Music Production BA (Hons)

School of Art, Design 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

280-300 points at A2, BTEC DMM-DDM plus interview with audition.

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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

Music Production 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 techniques and skills that are new and challenging. Creativity is prioritised and the course content features composition, creative production skills, recording techniques, sequencing, sampling, sound processing and 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.

Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.

Apply Now

You can still apply to start a course in September 2015.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £600 per module (UK/EU)

Further information:

Partner Institutions

Also available at Futureworks Training Ltd. and School of Sound Recording

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.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

You will receive training on Logic Studio software and Avid Pro Tools, and also use Ableton, Reason, and Final Cut Pro.

Assessment is mostly through practical submissions and through 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 and 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.

The building has 2 large Mac equipped computer teaching rooms, an open access Mac/PC room, 5 project studios and 2 large recording studios with the standard live room/control room configuration, sound stage and video edit suites.