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Music Production MA

Course Description

The course gives students the opportunity to develop their existing creative music production skills using our experienced staff and world-class facilities as resources. Students who complete the award will be equipped with the skillsets necessary to compete for work related to music and sound production in the highly competitive environments of the creative industries.

Music production today not only involves being able to record, mix, and edit music in a variety of different genres and situations; it also involves an understanding of composition and arranging, an ability to work in different software environments with a high level of competence, an understanding of performance practices in different contexts, and an understanding of the relationships between music, sound and other media.

There are opportunities to develop all of these skills on the award, always with an emphasis on creativity and a focus on rigorous academic underpinning. Successful students will thus be afforded the opportunity to progress to further postgraduate research should they wish to do so.

Course content

Semester One
-Modern Composition in Context
-Audio Visual Composition
-Negotiated Study: Music
-Option module (Options include Advanced Recording Techniques, Mixing Techniques, Acoustics, Mastering and Signal Processing)

Semester Two
-Research Methods for Music
-Performance Practices
-Creative Music Software Design
-Option module (Options include Pro Tools for Music Production, Mastering Techniques, Electronics for Musicians)

Graduate destinations

Just some of the routes taken by our students after graduating:
-Software engineering (SSL)
-Environmental acoustics (RPS Group Acoustic Consultants, Hann Tucker Associates)
-Live sound
-Film sound

Visit the Music Production MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6.5 is normally required.

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