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 Foundation Degree (Arts) Music Performance Technologies.
Sound Production (Top Up)
- Institute Code W75
- UCAS Code J933
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- Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 20 September 2021
- Award BA (Hons)
- Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
- Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (1 year)
- Campus Location Walsall Campus
- School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?
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.
Potential Career Paths
Everything you need to know about this course!
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.
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.
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|Home/EU||Part-time||£3050 per year#||2020-21|
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|Home||Full-time||£9250 per year||2022-23|
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|International||Full-time||£12250 per year||2020-21|
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|International||Full-time||£13450 per year||2022-23|
|International||Part-time||£6125 per year#||2020-21|
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Additional Course Costs
Additional Materials - Nil
Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent
Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc
Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 and 5 (240 credits in total) from either Foundation Degree Sound Production or Foundation Degree Creative Music Production.
- 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
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Interview. Read further information on the audition process here
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.
Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):
Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.
Changes for EU students:The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:
EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.
If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.For more information please contact the Gateway.
Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:
If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.
We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.
Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
Bursaries and Scholarships:
In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages
You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.