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Music Production FDA

Qualification – FdA Music Production (awarding body: Bucks New University). Industry accreditation in Cubase (awarding body: Steinberg), and optional accreditation in Pro Tools 101 (awarding body: Avid).
Academic Partner – Accrington & Rossendale College
Duration – 2 years full time
Mode of Study – Full Time
Time of Study – Daytime
Available atManchester

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Hours of Study – Generally, for each 30 credit module you undertake, you will be required to spend 300 studying; these hours will be divided between contact hours and independent study hours (All delivery hours are at SSR).
Start Date – September 2017
Entry Requirements – At least 96 UCAS points. If over 21, relevant work experience/professional qualifications. Prospective students without prior academic professional qualifications in relevant subjects may be asked to demonstrate their suitability for the programme with a professional discussion with the programme leader. A task may also be required.

Successful previous study in relevant subjects at an appropriate level; the level of achievement should be equivalent to an overall merit at BTEC National Diploma level, or NVQ level 3 in a relevant vocational area.

European applicants may not be able to attend an interview in the UK; once your application has been processed, a telephone or skype interview will be arranged and recent work evidenced.
Tuition Fees – £6,165 per year (full time). Total costs for the course are £12,330.
Funding – Information on funding for this course can be found here.
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Application Details
Applications to this course are made via the UCAS system. To start your application click here.

You will need this information for your application:
UCAS Code: W374
UCAS Institution: A44
Campus code: 1
Institution code name: ARC

If you need any further help or advice on the application process, please contact Claire Edmundson cedmundson@accross.ac.uk or call Accrington & Rossendale College on 01254 354117.

ABOUT THE COURSE


Through this foundation degree music production course, you will complete practical and creative projects covering all aspects of the industry. Through academic study and sessions in the professional studios at SSR, opportunities are available for industry software certification (Steinberg’s Cubase and AVID’s Pro Tools 101), business advice, and the opportunity to develop your own original style in your preferred genre.

You will explore music production for visual media and web-based applications and formats. You’ll work with professionals to bring you up to speed with industry practice and you’ll build a professional portfolio to showcase your abilities in the outside world.

Completed the FDA? Why not top up to a full BA with a third year on the BA Hons Audio & Music Production?

Course Content
The course is split into 5 modules per level, per year (2 years):

Year 1 (HE4 modules):


Studio Recording and Mixing Techniques

This module is designed to introduce you to the professional studio environment, and provide a fundamental understanding of the recording and mixing processes associated with current music production. You will undertake a series of assignments which are designed to build your technical competence in a wide range of equipment and techniques. Delivery will be split between classroom and studio facilities and will be mostly practical-based.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of audio signal flow while operating recording software and hardware.
2. Operate studio recording equipment safely and effectively.
3. Successfully record and playback audio data.
4. Mix audio data with appropriate levels, dynamics and tonal balance.
5. Document studio sessions and reflect upon personal practices.

Assessment: A studio signal path test, a portfolio of recording and mixing projects, and a written reflective report.


Professional Development & Study Skills

This module is designed to provide you with a variety of academic study techniques and work related competency, which will assist you to become an effective learner and practitioner in the areas of music production and related industries.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Use a range of retrieval systems to locate and access relevant information in order to complete tasks whilst evidencing music production and music topics, including skills of investigation and enquiry, oral and written communicative skills and use of a range of technology systems for accessing data, resources, contacts and literature.
2. Read effectively, make notes, plan and structure assignments appropriately, using ICT applications to reflect and evaluate own learning developments, identifying procedures and traditions, and presenting an awareness of their strengths and limitations complemented by the capacity to deploy and evaluate evidence and to express the outcomes of such reflection clearly and fluently.
3. Reflectively acknowledge their understanding of key music related frameworks, practical situations and health and safety issues.

Assessment: An online reflective portfolio, and an in-class presentation.


Remixing and DJ Skills

This module will introduce you to the techniques and technologies used within DJ culture, and investigate current technologies used within the industry while also examining the cultural history and environment in which they developed. It is often the case that music production ideas are facilitated through software and/or studio technology and therefore the development of skills in these areas is important.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Produce a portfolio of work using DJ technology as a creative tool.
2. Apply foundation knowledge within a range of DJ technologies.
3. Appraise current industry practice and technologies.
4. Discuss and appraise the contribution made by current and past practitioners within DJ culture.

Assessment: A portfolio of work demonstrating a range of DJ technologies, and an essay.


Music for Visual Media

This module will look at music production across a range of visual media applications such as Internet, film, gaming, etc. You will be given opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge on file formats and to understand the language, production techniques and values in the current audio industry.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify key features of current technologies and formats in music production.
2. Produce a series of musical pieces for a range of media.
3. Demonstrate the effects of P2P and current music distribution, marketing and sales formats.
4. Discuss and review the work of current and past practitioners, and industry conventions in audio visual media.

Assessment: A portfolio of practical work from a range of visual media applications, and a reflective report.


Music Sequencing Software

This module aims is designed to introduce you to current software packages used for music sequencing, recording and editing. Embedded into the module will be industry accreditation in Steinberg’s Cubase and optional accreditation in Avid’s Pro Tools 101. The module will develop skills and knowledge in the recording and editing of audio and MIDI in music production, and demonstrate the creative potential of arrangement and mixing techniques within various computer music software packages. You will gain practical software skills to enable you to complete recording/edit and mix of your own original compositions, while developing written critical reflection and evaluative skills.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Apply foundation knowledge of audio and MIDI sequencing within a range of computer music production packages.
2. Produce a piece of music which utilises recorded audio and MIDI sequencing.
3. Produce a portfolio of work using music technology as a creative tool.
4. Evaluate personal performance in a contextual written document to support practical work.

Assessment: A portfolio of work demonstrating a range of music sequencing software, and a report including a journal.


Creative Techniques in Music Production

This module will explore creative techniques in music production, focussing on mixing and remixing music, while also examining industry guidelines and practices. It will consist of case studies of current practitioners and will be partially student-led. Study will focus on: instrumentation and orchestration; mixing techniques, including masking avoidance, and current audio processing techniques; advanced techniques in dynamic control, including side-chain operation, multiband compression etc.; vocal tuning software; critical listening, and industry standards and conventions.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Apply effective creative and corrective techniques in dynamic control and other audio processing while mixing music.
2. Implement creative techniques to enhance spatial awareness and tonal balance within the final mix.
3. Mix audio to specified industry guidelines.
4. Appraise the work of a practitioner in the field and evaluate your own performance.

Assessment: A portfolio of composition work, and an in-class presentation.


Industry Studies and Practice

This module is designed to provide you with a variety of techniques and work related competency skills, which will assist you in becoming effective learners and practitioners. It will provide you with the appropriate skills, and the opportunity to investigate the work produced by an agency/ organisation or service provider within the public, private or voluntary sector, of relevance to your career aspirations.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Provide evidence of having undertaken professional practices within music, cultural and communicative industries.
2. Relate independent and informed research to a range of relevant academic theories and conceptual frameworks.
3. Reflect upon their findings, analysis and conclusions, and contextualise these in relation to any future career intentions.

Assessment: A personal work online portfolio, and an in-class presentation on a music related occupation.


Synthesis and Sampling Techniques

This module will examine the musical possibilities of sound synthesis and sampling, as well as the technical aspects of creating and manipulating sounds through these methods. The module will explore various methods and applications of sound synthesis and apply these methods of sound synthesis to practical examples of music production, demonstrating the creative potential of sampling within music production.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Configure a sampler with recorded sounds, and apply within a creative composition.
2. Employ a range of sound synthesis techniques within a creative composition.
3. Produce a piece of electronic music using synthesised and sampled sounds.

Assessment: A practical project using synthesised and sampled sounds.


Professional Portfolio

This module will be student centred in that through negotiation and supervision with the tutor, you will devise the project that you wish to develop over the year and present a personal portfolio of work suitable for presentation within the public domain. While developing a portfolio of musical work (perhaps some already realised in other modules), you will investigate a client group or public outlet for your work. The module will examine marketing strategies and self-promotion; copyright and IPR issues; industry standards and conventions, and the marketing and promotion of recorded music.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Devise, develop and manage a personal project.
2. Refine a portfolio of work to be suitable for presentation in the public domain.
3. Resolve technical, creative and personal issues in the realisation of a project.
4. Analyse and evaluate processes, final product and individual performance.

Assessment: A portfolio of work suitable for public domain and a presentation or research / viva voce.


Studio Production Skills

This module will further develop studio production skills in professional studio environments using both analogue and digital consoles and control surfaces. Delivery will be split between classroom and studio facilities and will be mostly practical-based. The module will develop further competences in studio-based music production as well as effective organisational approaches in studio practice. You will investigate and appraise corrective and creative techniques in recording and mixing while developing a personal portfolio of work suitable for public presentation. The module will also promote and develop reflection, analysis and critical evaluation of studio practice and personal performance.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Utilise both analogue and digital domains in the production of a musical piece.
2. Apply creative and corrective audio processing techniques in recording and mixing music.
3. Produce a portfolio of production pieces to current industry standards.
4. Document sessions and appraise techniques and equipment used.
5. Evaluate personal performance.
Assessment: A portfolio of studio work to include both recording and mixing projects, and a reflective practice report/journal/documentation.
Key Information
Qualification – FdA Music Production (awarding body: Bucks New University). Industry accreditation in Cubase (awarding body: Steinberg), and optional accreditation in Pro Tools 101 (awarding body: Avid).

Tuition Fees – £6,165 per year (full time). Total costs for the course are £12,330.

Funding – Information on funding for this course can be found here.

Duration – 2 years full time

Start Date – September 2017

Entry Requirements – At least 96 UCAS points. If over 21, relevant work experience/professional qualifications. Prospective students without prior academic professional qualifications in relevant subjects may be asked to demonstrate their suitability for the programme with a professional discussion with the programme leader. A task may also be required.

Successful previous study in relevant subjects at an appropriate level; the level of achievement should be equivalent to an overall merit at BTEC National Diploma level, or NVQ level 3 in a relevant vocational area.

European applicants may not be able to attend an interview in the UK; once your application has been processed, a telephone or skype interview will be arranged and recent work evidenced.

Contact Hours – Generally, for each 30 credit module you undertake, you will be required to spend 300 studying; these hours will be divided between contact hours and independent study hours (All delivery hours are at SSR).

This course is operated by Accrington and Rossendale College, and delivered at SSR Manchester. Travel to the Accrington site will be necessary for enrolment each year, and use of the college facilities will also be available at AccRoss; however the course is wholly delivered in the professional studios, computer suites and teaching classrooms at SSR, and all training takes place with a combination of lectures, workshops, work-based activities and practical sessions.

Associated costs – We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course. In addition to the course fees, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies. These might involve buying for example:
  • A pair of headphones, something like Sennheiser HD201 (£15-£25), or perhaps if you require something more robust Sennheiser HD25 (around £120)
  • An external hard drive for backing up your work (a 1TB drive might cost around £40)
  • USB/flash/pen drives; some submissions will require work to be submitted on these, and while you will have them returned to you eventually this may take some time (buying in bulk will save money and an 8GB might be as little as £2-£3)
  • Pro Tools 101 certification requires a course book at £23
Contact details - For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact the course leader:

Louise Gooddy - lgooddy@accross.ac.uk 
Tel:, +44 (0)1254 354115 / 4117(AccRoss) or +44 (0)161 276 2100 (SSR)
Apply
Applications to this course are made via the UCAS system. To start your application click here.

You will need this information for your application:
UCAS Code: W374
UCAS Institution: A44
Campus code: 1
Institution code name: ARC

If you need any further help or advice on the application process, please contact Claire Edmundson cedmundson@accross.ac.uk or call Accrington & Rossendale College on 01254 354117.


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