Study Music Production and Artist Development with opportunities to top up to a Bachelor Degree course.
Foundation course taught by Bath College
- Taught at 17:00 - 21:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 30 weeks.
- Highly skilled and trained lecturers and technicians with extensive commercial and academic experience.
- Strong links with industry practitioners.
This course is primarily intended for aspiring music technologists and performers. Following the remit of all Foundation Degree programmes, this provision is structured as a pathway to industry.
On successful completion of this Foundation Degree, you'll be eligible to apply for third year entry to appropriate Honours Degree programmes.
Our Music Department is comprised of highly skilled and trained lecturers and technicians with extensive commercial and academic experience. Members of the team have engineered for Realworld studios, Air studios, Radio One John Peel Sessions, worked with Massive Attack and Roni Size and worked for EMagic, Steinberg, Digidesign and co-managed Nirvana and the Darkness.
What you'll learn
You'll gain the fundamental skills and experience required to obtain sustained employment in a range of relevant fields. You'll develop and shape your career in music production, recording and/or performing in live environments and nurture valuable contacts in the field. We'll support your creative development, performance skills and technical understanding of studio equipment and music software. The programme is taught in the heart of Bath at the state-of-the-art Bath College Music Department which offers a range of creative and commercial possibilities in music.
A total of six modules will be studied at Bath College, which are:
- Year one: Advanced audio software skills, studio techniques, understanding sound & music.
- Year two: Producing sound for TV, film and multimedia, live sound and events.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is largely through coursework: portfolios of creative and practical work supported by some written evaluation. Assignment-based study is an important part of this course and learners will be required to have good communication, organisational and independent research skills. A blend of teaching and learning methods are employed including lectures, group class activities, practical workshops, written tasks, personal research and one-to-one tutorials.
How will I be taught?
This two-year course follows Bath Spa University's academic calendar of three 40-credit modules per year, each spanning 30 weeks.
For each module learners will attend weekly formal lectures followed by a practical-based workshop.
The Music Department has forged several strong links with industry practitioners. Guest lecturers have included:
- Sil Wilcox - manager Stranglers, Bluetones
- Andy Pemberton - Music Journalist
- Indigo and Synchro - Drum & Bass Producers
- Apple Blim - Skull Disco Records
- Danny Byrd - Drum & Bass Producer
- Ben Tilly - head acoustician at ATC
- Shawn Joseph - owner of Optimum Mastering
Route into an undergraduate degree
If you successfully complete this course, you'll be eligible to progress to the third year of an appropriate Honours degree programme at Bath Spa University, subject to a place being available.
Previous students on this programme have gone on to study Honours Degrees in Creative Music Technology and Commercial Music. You'll also able to apply to other institutions (through UCAS) for entry onto second or third year of other related degree programmes.
Possible career opportunities on completion of this course include Live Sound Engineer, Studio Sound Engineer, Location Recording Engineer, Multimedia Programmer, Music Producer, Music Programmer or Audio Post-Production Engineer.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
The course is taught at Bath college. You'll learn in the heart of Bath at the state-of-the-art Music Department, which features a range of high-end studio, live sound, live performance and MIDI-based equipment. Equipment includes Neumann microphones, Neve channel strips, Toft desk with a raft of analogue hardware, £10,000 ATC monitors, Pioneer CDJs and many software packages including Ableton, Logic and Komplete.