Music and Music Production Undergraduate Courses

Become part of Derby’s lively music scene and learn to fine-tune your talents in our state-of-the-art facilities.

With award-winning festivals and bustling live music venues nearby, there’s plenty of inspiration for you close by.

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities range from our producing and learning theatre, photography lab and purpose-built studios. 

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events, including the end of year Degree Show. 

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. These links mean that you’ll have the opportunity to work with external clients on real briefs, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of work to help launch your career.

Music and Music Production courses

Make the most of our industry-standard recording studios, dedicated rehearsal and practice spaces, auditoria, music technology labs and post-production rooms equipped with the latest software.

We also own Derby Theatre, a professional working theatre, providing the ideal place to hone your performance skills and opportunities to create film score compositions, or for theatre performances.

Undergraduate Music and Music Production courses

JAMES accredited courses

Some of our music courses are accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) so you can be confident that they meet the high standards demanded by industry.

Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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A male plays guitar in a recording studio
A female sits in a post-production music suite

"Derby had brand new studios and a brand new post production area - just so much variety!" 

"You'll learn from lecturers who have lots of experience in the industry - who have set up record labels, worked with interesting technology such as multichannel surround sound in live performances and building modular synthesis systems, and played instruments on famous albums."

Kieran Campbell, Music graduate

John Crossley, Head of Discipline for Music and Theatre and Dance at the University of Derby talks about the industry-standard music facilities at our Markeaton Street site.

View Professional music facilities at Markeaton Street video transcript

Career opportunities

  • producer
  • musician
  • composer
  • songwriter

You could also go on to study our MA Music Production like Harry and Jordan who feature in the below video: 

YouTube video of University of Derby graduates Harry and Jordan talking about their experience of studying Music at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level

 

Facilities

The £21m Markeaton Street site was created specifically for arts, design and technology courses with purpose-built studios and specialist facilities for all our art, design, media and performing arts students. This includes: a new suite of recording studios.

Virtual Tour of the Music Recording Studios at Markeaton Street
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