Music Production and Artist Development (FdA)

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The award
FdA

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 7500

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Music Production and Artist Development at Bath Spa University

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

Overview

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.

Course structure

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.

Opportunities

Industry links

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.

Careers

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFdAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 7500International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £7,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

160-200 UCAS Tariff points, with at least 60 points from a music-related qualification (including BTEC Music Practice / Music Technology / Performing Arts or A-level Popular Music, Music Technology or Music.

Candidates who do not have the standard qualifications but who are over 21 and have music industry experience will be considered.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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