This one-year top-up focuses on developing a set of skills to help you establish a career within the rapidly growing music industry with a music industry employer, or in a self employed capacity and is ideal if you have already completed some higher education study in Sound Production of Music Technology, or our Foundation Degree (Arts) Sound Production.
What happens on the course?
Throughout the course, you will develop strong business acumen and the skills needed to support music events. You will complete a sound recording project and undetake in-depth study of live sound design, live sound reinforcement, and music for image – a particularly creative and popular aspect of the course. You will be exposed to a wide cross section of skills relevant to gaining a foothold in the music industry, concentrating on topics such as the music business, entrepreneurial skills, music and mass communications and live sound system design.
The BSc Sound Production (Top-Up) degree prepares you for a career in the music industry through engagement with a range of workshops, lectures and seminars that develop entrepreneurial skills and music production expertise. Experienced staff will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for the music industry and will help sharpen your employability profile during your studies. As a provider of music education, we are aware of the challenges you face as a learner in the 21st century so this course has been structured in a way that is contemporary, providing flexible study patterns to suit you. You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.
As part of our strategy to grow and adapt to the pace of the creative arts industry we are constantly adjusting our provision and service to our students. We are, and will continue to invest in facilities that will nurture talent and produce future stars in the creative industries. 2011 will see the opening of our modern performing arts and learning centre, The Performance Hub, which will be the new home for all of our performance courses, and will provide state-of-the-art facilities.
A degree in Sound Production opens the door to a fulfilling and varied career that enables you to follow your interests and talents. Typical careers include: studio and live engineering, producing music, and designing live sound systems. You could also pursue careers in teaching, film, TV, music composing, organising and supporting music events, and managing artists. The marketing and business skills you will develop will help you to become a self-starter in the music industry or join an existing business.
What skills will you gain?
As a graduate of this course you will:
develop analytical, evaluative and creative skills in music production
show the attributes of an enterprising professional music producer
develop knowledge and understanding of the theory, global and cultural context of music production
be adaptable and flexible producer working at the forefront of changing technologies
have a working knowledge of digital production software and hardware systems
be a confident and effective communicator in the music industry.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Music Professional Project
Digital Music Sales
Music for Image
Employability and Enterprise in Music
120 credits at each Level 4 and 5: this course provides learners from the FD Sound Production and FD Creative Music Production direct access into level 6 as a completion award.
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
You may be invited to attend an interview offering the chance to see our facilities. One of the criteria for successful entry onto the course is the receipt of a satisfactory reference.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.