Foundation Degree Creative Industries: Popular Music Technology (Music Production pathway)

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Music, Drama and Dance

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Location

Location
Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
20 September 2022

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points

OR

Access to HE where you have achieved a Pass Diploma with 45 Passes

Plus: GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent).

Please note that if you do not meet the grade criteria, then age and experience may be able to be taken into consideration.

In a nutshell

There are two pathways through this course and you can choose between Music Performance or Music Production.

Music Performance - This is aimed at students who play an instrument and want to play with a band.

Music Production - This is aimed at students who want to focus more on music production.

You’ll learn about all aspects of the music industry from composition and song writing to music software application, live recording techniques, music performance and live sound management.

This course is for you if...

... You have a passion for popular music

... You want a practical course to give you experience

... You want a blend of practical skills and a theoretical understanding

… You want to create music either using instruments or technology

What will I be doing?

You’ll be taught by experienced professionals, undertake real projects and take part in workshops with visiting artists. An important element of the second year is a work-based placement, enabling you to gain real experience and make valuable industry contacts.

As well as learning about performance and software techniques, you’ll get the chance to study specialist areas, such as live sound, recording, song writing, composition and arrangement. You’ll also learn about the music industry from its history to approaches and performances, whilst acquiring professional practice skills.

Both pathways will study the following modules:

  • Recording Studio Engineering
  • Production Project
  • Computer Based Audio
  • Composition with Music Technology

Music Performance will also study:

  • Words and Music: Culture, Context and Criticism
  • Live Performance Workshop

Music Production will also study:

  • Sounds Engineering Fundamentals
  • Music Production Skills

If you are unsure of which route would be most suitable for you then we can discuss this with you.

What is expected of me?

You would usually need at least one of the following:

Plus: GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent).

Please note that if you do not meet the grade criteria, then age and experience may be able to be taken into consideration.

Applicants may be asked to attend an interview, take part in a workshop session, or present a portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

Full commitment to attendance is required, as well as respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject, self-motivation, creative ability and a desire to succeed.

What comes next?

This course will equip you with the knowledge, experience and confidence to work within the music industry. Alternatively, you may decide to progress to a relevant degree programme. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will be eligible to progress onto the final year of the BA (Hons) Popular Music Technology at the University of South Wales campus in Cardiff.

Additional information

This course is franchised by the University of South Wales.

The UCAS code is: WJ39

The institution code: W01

The campus code: G

You can apply directly to the college or via UCAS for this course.

CFDG0043AC
Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 20 September 2022

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team