Music Production and Performance

Music Production and Performance BA (Hons)

Music Production and Performance at UCLan provides the skills, experience, and guidance to develop and sustain careers in the dynamic industry of music. Our state-of-the-art facilities and staff expertise offer an exciting environment for students to develop existing, and discover new techniques in music production and performance.  Creativity, innovation, and excellence are at the core of the programme with students cultivating knowledge, skills and techniques in areas of music composition, songwriting, recording, production, sound design, performance, research, and career development. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • The course has industry connections through its status as an Avid Academic Learning Partner and as an Apple Authorised Training Centre for Education.
  • 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.
  • We invite professional musicians, producers and marketing professionals in to speak as part of a networking event where you can gain work placements.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Song writing and Arrangement
  • Composing with Sound
  • Recording Techniques and Technologies
  • Performance Techniques and Technologies
  • Music Contextual Research
  • Career Development 1 - Online Profile

Year 2

  • Composition and Performance
  • Recording and Production
  • Music for Visual Media
  • Career Development 2 - Client Live Brief
  • Research Project

Year 3

  • Major Composition Project
  • Advanced Recording and Production
  • Dissertation
  • Career Development 3 - Professional Preparation

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applicants must attend an audition/ interview. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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Further Information

Studying Music Production and Performance at UCLan will give you real-world experiences and quality education to strengthen your musical understanding across a wide range of genres and release your creativity in the studio and on the stage. 

Students engage with independent, collaborative, and client-based projects through various stages of their degree, developing their portfolios, artistry, technique, and vocational skills as they relate to real-world audiences.

UCLan alumni have gone on to sustain successful careers as artists, performers, session musicians, composers, sound designers, engineers, and producers throughout the music and creative industries. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You will have 24/7 access to the Media Factory which houses our state-of-the-art live room/control room configured recording studios, and ensemble rooms.  Our flagship studios are based upon the fully analogue Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition console and the digitally controlled analogue Neve Genesys Black console. 

Our studios also include 5.1 configuration, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Ableton DAWs; Microphones from Royer, Cascade, Neumann, Audix, DPA, Sennheiser, Chamelon Labs, Electrovoice, and AKG; and plugins including Native Instruments Komplete 11, Waves, DMG, Fabfilter, East West and Melodyne.

Music Production and Performance students will also have 24/7 access to 2 dedicated ensemble rooms which include access to professional standard PA systems, mixing consoles, instruments, and amplification from Fender, Yamaha, Orange, Allen and Heath and FBT.

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. 

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 knowledge to have a successful portfolio career. Study is mainly practical and focuses on developing studio, composition and performance skills with our teaching combining practical and theoretical knowledge of 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 correspondence with industry.

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Audient Studio - Live Room

Recording Studio


Students have the opportunity to work with The Global Sound Movement.  Through sound based recording projects GSM travel to and work with international communities in their natural setting to sample unique, hand built instruments of ethnic significance.  Students have previously benefitted from trips to, Bali, Beijing, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Morocco, Uganda, and Yunnan. 

Professional Accreditation

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This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)

Industry Links

BA Music Production and Performance is delivered by a team of industry professionals with extensive experience and diverse expertise.  Staff provide tuition, insight and guidance across a wide range of disciplines within the music industry including music composition, song-writing, recording, production, performance, sound design and research.  Throughout their study, students will benefit from master classes, enabling them to engage directly with knowledge and techniques presented by world-leading practitioners.

The degree works closely with UCLan Recordings Group, a modern-day record label and music organisation designed to give students exposure to key aspect of the contemporary music industry during their study.  Fusing academia and industry, this university based organisation provides opportunities for students to work with accomplished musicians and music business practitioners within a framework designed to support and help develop student and alumni careers. Music Production and Performance is a Certified Avid Learning Partner for Pro Tools enabling students to gain industry-standard training required.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed meeting session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to meet with selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to talk about an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the speed meeting session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.