There’s more to being a music producer than people realize. This course is designed to expose you to all elements of the job - creating great music is only part of the story.
Our team of industry active tutors will work with you on the latest software in our studios, to build and manage large-scale projects; to enhance what you’re already doing in order to develop your experience in areas that will benefit you and your future career.
Think of it like this… Your first day on the course is your first day in the industry. The challenge to you is; Can you sustain it? Can you build on it to forge a rewarding career? In our experience, you can.
BA (Hons) Music Production is at the center of the Futureworks’ creative community, mirroring media industries around us. There are games design teams and animators who need sound; film students looking for original music, sound effects and dialogue– it’s a media production hub, bursting with potential, talent and creative opportunity.
If you haven’t checked out the virtual tour yet, then you should do. The studios here at Futureworks will impress you, we promise. And these incredible facilities will be available to you throughout your studies. No matter what genre of music, we will have the right combination of live room, studio, hardware and software for you.
To help you make the most of your experience at Futureworks, we have an outstanding team of tutors on hand to guide you through your studies. All our tutors are currently active in one form or another within the music industry. For example, our staff include the owner of a record label, a highly experienced and successful record producer and a commercial music composer. We think it is essential that your teaching team are part of the industry as it ensures that the knowledge that they pass on is relevant and current. It also means that they have excellent industry contacts that our students can tap into for real-world projects. Many commercial ‘live’ briefs are completed by students and you will have the opportunity to acquire professional credits during your time at Futureworks while building up an enviable list of contacts ready for your new career.
Another unique aspect of Futureworks is the way we are set up: we are a microcosm of the creative industries and you have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other departments. There are games teams that need sound, film students who want original soundtracks and post production classes that require sound effects – it’s a media production hub, bursting with potential talent and creative opportunity.
So if you believe that you are destined to be among the next generation of creative modern producers and you have an overwhelming passion for creating music, then this is the course for you.
As with all of our Bachelor of Arts degree programmes the opportunities and careers are broad and varied.
To name but a few…
Music Producer, Artist, Studio Engineer, Sound Designer, sonic art, live sound, game audio, film sound, Composer, Studio Manager, Label A&R, marketing, commercial branding and teaching.
Many of our students progress on to post-graduate study – MA and MSc programmes in Audio, Music Technology, Sound Design, Electroacoustic Composition and more besides.
The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
Award: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree
Duration: Three years, full time
Our most successful and longest running degree course has undergone a significant upgrade. In a media industry where what we see and hear is ever changing, our challenge is to both engage the student and attract industry. We believe we have achieved this with a focused, clear and relevant programme of study.
Creativity, Career and Technology is the message.
This is a truly dynamic start to your degree. There's no time wasted in introducing you to a broad range of skills and subjects you're going to want and need as a Music Producer.
Your confidence and identity grow by taking on more challenging and complex projects. We expose you to a broader more sophisticated approach to producing music designed to feed directly back into your work.
Career and progression are hot topics in Year three, as your focus shifts from university life to industry or post-graduate study. Drawing upon your experience so far, this is the time create your best work, to make the biggest impact on your chosen path - something we call exit velocity.
As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 52 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 148 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.
Lectures, workshops and tutorials take place in our fully equipped labs and studios. Flexible access to studio and practical facilities, allow students to establish, practice and develop their work using professional level hardware and software. Relevant hardware and software training will be provided during studio, workshop and lecture sessions to support student work at all levels.
Throughout your course you will be assessed primarily on your creative output, with an emphasis on practical submissions accompanied by presentations and written work in the form of supporting documentation and essays.
Practical exercises and studio driving tests during studio or workshop based sessions will be used as a means for the students monitor their progress along the way in order to help develop more formal assessment work.
Regular tutorials, group workshops and seminars allow students to seek advice, get valuable feedback and monitor their development across all aspects of the course.
Your primary location of study will be at our Riverside Campus, which is located on New Bailey Street in Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our Futureworks Studios facility located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre.
Futureworks recognises that the skills, competencies and contribution of its staff are vital to the delivery of high quality Higher Education. All programmes are managed by a dedicated Programme Leader and team of experienced tutors, and our excellent links with industry employers mean you'll have access to exciting guest lectures and fantastic opportunities to gain experience on real-world projects.
Admissions requirements, course content and delivery can be subject to change to enable Futureworks to deliver a better quality of educational experience. Applicants are encouraged to check information on our relevant course pages from time to time, particularly before submitting any application for their academic year of study.
Students on degree courses at Futureworks are required to attend lessons according to the course timetable. Futureworks operates a Student Engagement Policy which has been developed as part of Futureworks' commitment to providing a supportive learning environment which enables all students who have chosen to study with us to achieve their full potential. The full Engagement Policy can be downloaded here.
Students are expected to pay their tuition fees (whether via a student loan and/or direct payment) on-time and in accordance with their Finance Agreement. If you fail to make payments according to the agreed schedule you may be suspended from your course until any outstanding fees are paid.
Students are liable for 25% of the course fees when they enrol in Term 1 (and stay after the 2 week change of mind period). If students attend in Term 2 they are liable for 50% of the course fees, and 100% if they attend in Term 3. Students will have a 2 week period at the beginning of the course where they will not be liable for fees if they leave the University.
If a student needs to retake any modules part-time, there is an additional tuition fee of £1127.50 per 20 credit module.
For it's Higher Education courses, Futureworks operates a robust three-stage complaints procedure which incorporates both the University of Central Lancashire and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The Complaints Procedure is intended to provide an accessible, fair and straightforward system which ensures an effective, prompt and appropriate response. The full procedure can be downloaded here.
As a provider of Higher Education, our commitment to you is important and we therefore need regulations, policies and codes of conduct, which are designed to protect and maintain both academic quality and your rights and responsibilities as Futureworks students.
You need to be aware of their existence and their relevance to you and your studies. Alongside this, you may also have other separate arrangements with external organisations, such as the Student Loans Company, which you will need to ensure that you fully understand.
UCLan's academic regulations ensure that all students are treated in a fair way – from the moment you are accepted on to a course, through to assessments and the qualification that you are awarded.
You can find out more about UCLan's general policy documents, which together form the student contract, the basis of the contractual relationship between you, Futureworks and the University, here.
'Unfair means' includes copying the work of others (plagiarism) and passing it off as your own, and other forms of cheating in assessments. The use of unfair means is taken very seriously by Futureworks, and if you are suspected of using unfair means, you could be subject to disciplinary action under the Futureworks disciplinary procedure which may jeopardise your status as a student.
You have the right to cancel and withdraw within 14-days from the date your contract with Futureworks is entered into (the day the you accepted our offer of a place on the course). To cancel your application, complete this form and return it to: Admissions, Futureworks, Riverside, Manchester, M3 5FS.
Fees for the 2017/18 academic year are £6,765 per year.
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover most of the cost of your fees. Click here to find out more about tuition fee loans.
Alternatively, call us on 0161 214 4600 and speak to our admissions team to find out more.