A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects. You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
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UCAS code: Y002
Start date: September
Course length: 3 Years Full Time or 6 Years Part Time
Campus: Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.
Through our Joint Honours Scheme you can combine two subjects to tailor your degree to your interests, areas of skill and career aspirations. Popular Music Production is part of the Department of Media and Performing Arts, so you'll be studying with other students who are also interested in electronics, media technologies, and popular music. Our staff are, or have been, involved in professional work and are all actively engaged in applied research in these areas. The facilities at our Markeaton Street site include specialist labs, recording studios, music production labs, sound and lighting facilities, and a surround-sound research studio. And you'll be using our high spec computing resources too. Watch this video of our latest facilities.
You'll study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.
You'll study modules such as:
You'll study modules such as:
You'll study modules such as:
There are two ways to combine the subjects in your degree:
Joint - study two subjects equally (each year, study three modules from each subject)
Major-Minor – specialise in one subject (with up to 5 modules each year) and minor with the remaining module(s) from your second chosen subject.
The award of BA or BSc depends upon the combination of subjects taken. Popular Music Production is classified as an Arts subject, so if taken with other Arts subjects the award will be a BA. If taken as a Minor along with Science subjects however, then the award will be a BSc. In cases of equal Science and Arts weighting, it is possible to choose the award type. Further detailed information about the Joint Honours Scheme, selection of modules and other considerations is available in the Joint Honours Scheme Handbook, referenced above. The Joint Honours Popular Music Production Pathway takes a subset of the BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology modules.
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
|September 2017 typical entry requirements|
|UCAS points||88-120* (up to 24 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE||Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
An interview is not required for this course. Offers will be made based on the information supplied on your UCAS application. However, in some circumstances, we may request more information via a portfolio or personal contact.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£11,750 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
Learning and assessment
A variety of assessment methods will be used. Some Popular Music and Production Joint Honours modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of coursework, portfolios, assignments, case studies, oral and graphic presentations, collaborative and interdisciplinary team work projects, computer testing and examinations, so providing a flexible and effective means of assessing your progress. Assessments are designed to enable you to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for your module. An assessment component may sometimes take the form of a number of small submissions e.g. lab reports or short in-class tests.
There will be a major project at the end of the final year and a focus on developing your professional practice in either performance or composition. The aim is to maximise your potential for securing employment in the creative industries.
As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to access exchange opportunities in Europe through the Erasmus Plus programme – where you’ll be exposed to a rich variety of musical approaches and techniques.
You will be taught by very experienced lecturers, many with international research portfolios and current professional experience.
You’ll discover a superb range of music making facilities at our Markeaton Street site, including state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, music technology labs and three post-production rooms equipped with latest software.
The University has invested almost £350,000 in these facilities, ensuring you have access to resources which match those of professional studios in the UK and overseas. We offer a wide range of instruments, amplifiers and outboard gear on which you can develop your skills, together with a classic 48-channel Neve recording console.
We are one of the leading universities conducting research into surround-sound technologies. In February 2015, we also became the first UK university to have a Wave1 processor installed into our 24-channel surround lab, which has placed us at the forefront of developments in 3D sound - thanks to our close relationship with Swiss-based company Sonic Emotion.
While these studio facilities will provide an excellent setting for your taught sessions, they are also available for you to book at other times to fine-tune your personal music projects. You will also hone your performance skills at venues across the city, including Derby Theatre which the University owns and runs as a professional producing theatre. See some images below of the event over the past few years:
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
When you graduate you'll be well prepared to work as a performer or producer in the industry. And you'll have the ability and confidence to deal with professional bodies, such as the Performing Rights Society (PRS), British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, British Phonographic Industry (BPI), and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS).
You could go on to work as a music producer, musician or performer, recording engineer, or music teacher if you do a PGCE after your degree. Or you could choose to work in areas such as sound design or sound for games.
Employable graduates - We’re ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.
Jake Graham and Chris Burns established the band Fahran performing at festivals around the UK and Europe; they have returned to headline the Popular Music Showcase two years in a row. See some of there work here:
Nathan Lewis - music teacher at Birmingham Ormiston Academy
Luke Gibbs – Studio Engineer at Angelic Record Productions, Oxford
“I really enjoyed the course, it provided me with the opportunity to learn new skills and to discover so much more about the many different aspects of music. The flexibility of the course, and the ongoing support allowed me to pursue my own interests, and achieve great results.”
Joanne Morley, BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology 2009.
"The good thing about the course at Derby is not only do you learn to be a better musician but you learn the technical side as well. You learn to handle yourself on both sides of the mixing desk."
Iain Harris, BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology graduate 2008.
“The course prepares you with versatile skills that help to prepare you for whatever your musical career throws at you. The academic, technical and practical elements all intertwine to give you truly valuable university experience. As well as nurturing your specialism. The encouragement and support from everybody during my time there has been priceless, and aided me in achieving my musical goals. I am now confident in my ability to work in any sector of the music industry!”
Leigh Chambers, BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology graduate 2008.
“Before I came to the university, I felt like a girl with a guitar. When I left, I felt like a musician.”
Charlotte Carpenter, BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology graduate who has gone on to become a successful performing artist.
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