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Audio & Music Production (Top Up) BA (Hons)

Qualification – BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production (awarding body: Bucks New University)
Academic Partner – Accrington & Rossendale College
Duration – 1 year 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 – Requires completion of a Foundation Degree or HND in Music Production that maps successfully to the top up programme and successful interview.

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)
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: M3P5
UCAS Institution: A44
Campus code: 1
Institution code name: ARC
Short form of course: Audio

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

The BA (Hons) Audio & Music Production top up course is delivered in Manchester in association with Accrington and Rossendale College, and is designed to equip you with the necessary experience to embark on a career relating to audio and music or audio-visual production. This is a practical and creative production-based course, allowing focus on developing the skills demanded of planning, managing, processing, recording and post-producing audio for different purposes and audiences.

This course has a strong focus on employability. Distinctive features concern a focus on advanced skills development, critical reflection and development of emotional intelligence through team-based and client oriented production work.



Course Content
The course is split into 4 modules delivered over one year:

Year 3 (HE6 modules):


Sound Design

This module focuses on sound design for film and related industries such as computer games, theatre and broadcast television. Advanced audio for picture techniques are explored and developed throughout this module, which encompasses a series of guest lectures from industry-based practitioners to provide context and currency to the programme of study. Analysis of and applied practice relating to sound design aspects of multi-channel audio further develop students’ skills as students are encouraged to develop and adopt industry-standard practice in this field.

Students will be required to research key issues and debates with a focus on leading and innovative practitioners when they evaluate their own production work.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Design sound for screen to near-professional standards.
2. Evaluate and apply professional standards and working practices within collaborative projects.
3. Critically evaluate sound design productions.
4. Critically evaluate the approaches and productions of leading sound design practitioners.

Assessment: A practical sound collaborative production project, and a written online critical evaluation.


Live Events Project

This module will prepare final year students for employment in live audio. They will hone and develop transferable skills and will be afforded opportunities to apply them to a wide range of live audio scenarios. Complex audio concepts will be taught. For example: in-ear monitoring; radio frequency applications and digital audio networking.
Students will be required to work autonomously and will be required to learn and adopt professional approaches and procedures when working on projects.
When evaluating practical productions, students will be required to contextualise their work in comparison to professionally produced examples and should research areas such as technological development and the complex nature of larger scale professional productions in this context.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Critically evaluate a wide range of live audio scenarios.
2. Critically analyse complex procedures and operations relating to pro audio equipment.
3. Deploy professional, or near professional, live audio skills in the context of large scale music productions.
4. Evaluate technological advances and professional practices in relation to practical production work.

Assessment: A group and an individual live sound practical project, and an essay.


Production Company Project

This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a major recording-based audio/music production project. Significant pre-production, planning and preparation will be required prior to small production groups being formed to undertake a recording and then promote the resultant audio product.
Students will have to employ management skills in the context of business and planning, with production meetings to be held throughout the year. Students will need to liaise with a range of creative artists/performers in order to identify an appropriate audio/music project to engage with.
Students must then draw on their business planning and marketing activities to develop and implement a strategy to market the product, and by way of critical evaluation must qualify their decision making

Learning Outcomes:
1. Deploy near-professional skills in the production of a commercially viable audio/music product.
2. Critically evaluate a promotional strategy for an audio/music product.
3. Critically evaluate a production processes in relation to an audio/music product.

Assessment: An online pre-production plan, a practical skills production project, and a critical evaluation report.


Professional Practice Research Project

This module will offer you the opportunity to design and conduct an original research project on a clearly defined topic in an area related to your degree. Once a topic has been decided, you will be required to gather information and conduct a detailed exploration and critical analysis of this evidence. In terms of how information is gathered, analysed and synthesised, you may employ any number of methods. The project will culminate in an extended piece of writing (8,000-10,000 words). This dissertation should demonstrate a clear argument in response to a question or a hypothesis defined by you in conjunction with your research supervisor.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of theory and concepts.
2. Review and analyse applicable literature.
3. Frame a research question or formulate and test a hypothesis.
4. Make use of appropriate research methods and tools to collect and analyse data.
5. Evaluate and collate findings, draw appropriate conclusions and communicate in a written format.

Assessment: A research dissertation, with supporting dossier of evidence.
Key Information
Qualification – BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production (awarding body: Bucks New University)

Tuition Fees – £6,165 per year (full time)

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

Duration –1 year full time

Start Date – September 2017

Entry Requirements – Requires completion of a Foundation Degree or HND in Music Production that maps successfully to the top up programme and successful interview.

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)
  • Generic ear protection, like the ACS ER20 ear plugs, around £11
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: M3P5
UCAS Institution: A44
Campus code: 1
Institution code name: ARC
Short form of course: Audio

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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Course Information

Subject Area
Music Business
Sound for Film, Games & TV
Sound for Live Events
Music Production
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