University Education For The Creative Industries

BA (Hons) Music Production

There’s more to being a music producer than people realise. Our Music Production 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 this degree 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.

Our degree BA (Hons) in Music Production is at the centre 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.

 

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

Come along and check out the facilities. The studios here at Futureworks will impress you, we promise. 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 to guide you through your studies – all currently active in the music industry. Our team includes a record label owner, music producers, an eminent live sound engineer, commercial songwriters and a sonic branding specialist.

We believe it’s essential that your teaching team are part of the industry. This ensures the knowledge they pass on is both relevant and current. It also means they have excellent industry contacts that our students can tap into for real-world projects. You will have the opportunity to acquire professional credits during your time at Futureworks, while building up an enviable list of your own contacts at the start of a new career.

A unique aspect of Futureworks is our focus on education for the creative industries. We have multiple disciplines across a range of degree courses. In effect, we are a microcosm of the industry around us.

So if you want to be among the next generation of music producers and you have a passion for creating music, then this is the course for you.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

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 postgraduate study – MA and MSc programmes in Sound & Music Production Audio, Sound Design, Electroacoustic Composition and more besides

 

AWARDING BODY

The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.


Admissions

FUTURE START DATES

 

FEES

Tuition Fees are £9,250 per year.

You may be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance. Please see our Tuition Fees page for more information. You may find it beneficial to invest in additional equipment and/or study resources to support your learning. Additionally, there may be the option of attending events outside of Futureworks which would further enhance your studies. We recommend that you budget in the region of £300 to £600 over the duration of the course to cover these expenses.

 

ENTRY CRITERIA

To be considered for this course, you will require 104 UCAS points.

This could be gained via a number of qualifications, for example:

If you’re unsure how many points you have you can use the UCAS tariff calculator.

Remember that qualifications such as Graded Examinations in Music Performance and Arts Award (Gold) can also count towards your UCAS points – check the tariff calculator!

Applicants are expected to have at least a ‘C’ in GCSEs Maths and English. Non-UK applicants will need to have an English Language qualification at International Level B2 or higher, such as an IELTS of 6.0 or better (with no component below 5.5). Students with equivalent qualifications will also be accepted. If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to talk about your work, influences and interests. Ideal applicants will have a keen interest in sound, music and technology. You are welcome to bring any relevant examples of work with you, if you have them.

 

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply for this course by submitting an application via the UCAS system. The UCAS codes for this course are as follows:-

UCAS Code: WJ39

Institution Code: F98

Application deadline: 30th June 2019

For information about applying in July and August, please see our Clearing page. Futureworks is currently unable to accept any applications from anyone who requires a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.

If you have any questions about applying for a degree course please call us on 0161 214 4602, email admissions@futureworks.ac.uk or look at our Admissions FAQs.

 

Student Protection Plan

Futureworks maintains a Student Protection Plan which has been approved by the Office for Students. The plan sets out the actions Futureworks will take, in co-ordination with its validating partner, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), to ensure that students are protected in the event of a material change to Futureworks’ operations.

A material change may include the decision to close one or more courses, or a decision to cease operations altogether. A material change may, however, be triggered by decisions taken outside of Futureworks control, such as loss of designation/registered status with the Office for Students, or the decision by a validating partner to not renew the delivery one or more courses.

You can download a copy of the plan here.

 

CANCELLING YOUR APPLICATION

If you wish just to cancel your application to Futureworks, you can do this by logging into your UCAS track and cancelling Futureworks as a choice. You can only do this if we have not yet sent you an offer. If we have sent you an offer and you wish to cancel your application to us, you can reject the offer on your UCAS track. If you accept your offer and then decide you wish to withdraw your application to us, you will need to call the Admissions department on 0161 214 4602 and ask them to release you from your offer.


Structure

AWARD:         Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree

DURATION:   3 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.

 

MODULES:

HE LEVEL 4 (YEAR 1)

 

HE Level 5 (Year 2)

 

HE Level 6 (Year 3)

 

WHAT ARE CREDITS?

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.


T&Cs

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.

 

ENGAGEMENT POLICY

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.

 

PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES

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 will be an additional tuition fee per module.

 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

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.

 

THE STUDENT CONTRACT

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.

 

USE OF UNFAIR MEANS

‘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.

 

YOUR RIGHT TO CANCEL

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.


Teaching & Assessment

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 the programme 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 you to monitor your 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 your development across all aspects of the programme.

 

LOCATION OF DELIVERY

You will study at our Riverside Campus, located in the centre of Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our filming facility, Futureworks Studios located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre.

 

TEACHING STAFF

Futureworks recognises that the skill and contribution of its teaching 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. 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.


Tuition Fees

Fees for the 2019/20 academic year

Fees are £9,250 per year.

As an approved provider of Higher Education, financial support is available for all Futureworks degree and diploma courses and as part of your application to study at Futureworks, you’ll need to think about how you’ll be funding your course. Depending on your circumstances, there’s a range of financial help and support available.

 

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year

Fees will be £9,250 per year. This may be subject to change as determined by government policy.

 

Funding for degree courses

Degree courses are eligible for funding via a loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and students can apply for a loan for each year of study. It is important that when you apply for student finance you list Futureworks Training Ltd as the institution you will be studying at so that delays in payment of your loans (and grants if applicable) are avoided.

 

Amount Awarded

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. To find out how much you are eligable you need to apply for Student Finance. Applying for Student Finance can be done here

Our Admissions Team is here to help, and they can guide you through the process. If you have any questions about funding your degree programme, or about tuition fee loans and/or direct debits, please call us on 0161 214 4602.

 

Useful Links

Student Finance England: Guide for new full-time students

The Student Room: Video preview of what the zone on The Student Room has to offer

Applicants from Northern Ireland should visit this page for information about tuition fee loans and speak to our Admissions Team, as the maximum tuition fee loan amount is different to the rest of the UK. Applicants from the EU should visit this page for information about tuition fee loans for Academic Year 2019/20.

We recognise that funding your course can be a complex matter, and we would recommend that you discuss your finance options with a member of our Admissions Team on 0161 214 4602 to discuss the options available to you. Alternatively you can email them here: admissions@futureworks.ac.uk.