Music Production

Music Production BA (Hons)

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.

Why study this course?

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.

Watch recent videos from the Degree Show 2016 which highlights exemplary work from the course:

SWERVE 2015 - UCLan Music Production Degree Show

Lancashire Arts Festival 2017 award winner – Tomos Rogers

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 knowledge 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.

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.


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.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Performance, see the video and read the press release.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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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

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Recording Techniques and Technologies
  • Career Focus 1-Online Profile

Year 2

  • Composition and Production
  • Recording and Production
  • Music sound Image
  • Career Focus 2 – Live Brief

Year 3

  • Composition and Innovation
  • Advanced Recording and Production
  • Major Project Music and Multimedia
  • Career Focus 3 Professional Preparation

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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 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.

Electronic Music Studio

Audient Studio - Control Room

Our 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

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This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.

The course is part of the new JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) at UCLan, which is one of only three in the country. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Degree transcripts from this course will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making our graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. More information is available on JAMES official website.

What Opportunities will I have?

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.

Arriva North project

Here is the work of UCLan students for David Wilkinson at Arriva North.

Check out our Facilities

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.

Music production facility    Music production facility

Rob Turner

BA (Hons) Music Production, 2012

Before arriving at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Rob Turner was writing his own songs and performing with his band, but had little experience in recording. Because of this, twinned with a fascination in the techniques and microphones used for recording, Rob enrolled on the University’s BA (Hons) Music Production course.

Since his time at UCLan, Rob has progressed to working as a Sound Editor on high-profile films such as Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and Eddie The Eagle.

Important Information

Contact Us

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

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 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 2018/19 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.