Four key reasons to choose this course
- Inspirational facilities - Learn in one of the country’s most advanced university recording studios
- National endorsements - Assessors from JAMES said Derby’s music courses have “a unique personality”
- Graduates with music technology and production skills can look forward to exciting career opportunities in a field which is constantly innovating
- Our course blends the latest production techniques with creative vision and a strong understanding of the commercial environment
You'll gain an excellent understanding of the music industry and recording studios, and learn about the technology of the studio, and playback systems. You'll explore the process of sound recording and production, design and build your own sound-making tools, and complete a portfolio of commercial recordings. You'll also develop your awareness of the commercial environment, and how best to promote your music.
The BSc (Hons) Music Production course is accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), which means it meets the highest professional standards set by industry. You’ll become part of a vibrant music scene within both the University and the city of Derby. Our teaching team includes experienced academics and practitioners who have in-depth knowledge of the industry and are breaking new ground in the discipline.
If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to start this course, you can study the Year Zero programme for a year first.
You will study modules such as:
At this stage, you’ll build a solid foundation for your future studies, learning the basics of music production and creative technologies while gaining a contextual overview. You'll learn to love your subject and will be encouraged to take risks through experimentation and process-based learning. You'll embrace positive failure and the formative feedback provided by your tutors will facilitate your transition into creative higher education.
- Art and Science of Recording
- Sound Design for Electronic Music
- Creative Technology Exploration
- Music: Institutions, Industries and Audiences
This stage focuses on advancing your individual strengths and understanding of music production tools, techniques and 3D spatial audio systems. You’ll identify your career aspirations and will have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience. You’ll also explore the commercial context of music, develop awareness of the commercial environment, and learn how best to promote your music to your audience.
- Studio Production Techniques
- VR Sound and Music Perception
- DIY Sonic Systems
- Industry: Research and Practice
Diploma in Professional Practice
If you want to gain more substantial work experience, you can take an optional work placement between stages two and three to apply your academic knowledge in a work environment. During the placement, you'll study an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice which features modules such as:
- Applied Professional Practice
- Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
As the culmination of your studies the final year is comprised of your own independent projects and portfolio development. You’ll develop a personal voice and distinctive practice by extending your accumulated knowledge and creative ideas, allowing you to pursue your ambitions within your chosen field. You’ll also exercise your own judgment and manage your own scholarship, and plan for next steps including employment and/or further study.
- Production Portfolio
- Creative Technology Project
- Research Project
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Learning and assessment
The course is set in the context of the music industry and the recording studio, covering all aspects of the production process through to the completion of recordings to a commercial standard. There is an emphasis on practical studio skills where you will prepare, record, process and edit material to create a finished product. You’ll also undertake laboratory work, conducting experiments in areas of science and technology such asrecording studio acoustics or electronics.
Strong employer links are a hallmark of this course. Our staff are actively engaged in projects across the industry, which opens doors for you to work on real-world projects, gain work experience, and hear from visiting performers and industry representatives. We have strong connections with companies such as Avid, Apple music products training division, Steinberg, Focusrite, Oxford Sound & Media, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.
Various assessment methods are used on this course, all designed to support your progress and give you just the right level of challenge. They include coursework, portfolios, assignments, case studies, oral and graphic presentations, collaborative and interdisciplinary team work projects, laboratory work, internet-based investigations, computer testing and exams.
You’ll discover a superb range of music making facilities at our Markeaton Street site, including state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, auditoria, 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.
Thanks to our close relationship with Focusrite we were one of the first institutions in the world to install the RedNet system in our recording studios, which placed us at the forefront of developments in audio-over IP.
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.
Explore our facilities through our Virtual Tour:
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.
People you will meet
You'll be taught by practising professionals, who have an excellent knowledge of the music industry.
Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:
Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112 (up to 112 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C at A level in Computing, Maths, Science or Technology or another related subject
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
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*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
Playing a critical role in the UK’s creative economy, the music industry is undergoing dramatic change. New digital distribution models are emerging, live events are rocketing in popularity, and exciting new ways of music-making are constantly evolving. It means that professionals specialising in music technology and production are in greater demand than ever before – in the UK and overseas.
Sound and music technology is important in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. Sound recordists, music producers, audio engineers, broadcasters, musicians, composers, film-makers, computer game designers and sound designers all use music technology in some form or other. Our graduates have progressed into many fields of professional activity including production and studio work, outside broadcast management and web design.
You can also consider taking your skills to the next level by studying our MA Music Production like Harry and Jordan who feature in the below video:
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Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Use of resources, hi-end recording studios for both curricula and extra-curricular activities, studio time.
- Degree Show Performance week at Derby Theatre
- Here at Derby, we provide excellent learning resources, libraries and specialist laboratories and studios.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Additional materials (printing, stationary, portfolio sleeves, folders, USBs/hard drives etc.) (Approx. costs - Year 1= £150, Year 2 = £200, Year 3 = £300)
- Personal Instrument miscellaneous costs: EG Guitar Leads, Strings, Drum Sticks etc.
- There will be occasions when you will be expected to attend exhibitions, screenings, performances and festivals. You will need to budget for these over each academic year.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Additional course related publications (approx. costs £100)
- Final year project costs (costs determined by student £200-£600)
- Travel for work placement opportunities (costs will vary dependant on location)
- We provide full details of all course fees, but extra costs may include field trips (approx. cost £200-£400)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.