Foundation Degree Music & Sound

England
The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is developed to mirror the modern music industry, helping students gain the skills to be independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multimedia. The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is fully validated by the University of West London, which encompasses the London College of Music. A Foundation Degree is a combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree, it is anticipated that those who complete the Foundation Degree in Music & Sound will progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Music & Sound.
Before the start of each semester, you will be asked to pick any optional modules to study. The details of these follow below. If there are not enough students to run your chosen module at your centre, you may be offered to be taught that module online.

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COURSE DETAILS

Course

  • Learn skills to work in different industries, including music, advertising and gaming
  • Gain practical skills while building a portfolio of music, contacts and experience
  • Develop the ability to work freelance with several income streams
  • Time, space and opportunity to develop your own sound and work on your material

Foundation Degree Music & Sound

 

LEVEL 4 and 5  CORE MODULES
SOUND PRACTICE 
How to use hardware-based studio recording systems for the recording of live instruments: from a guitar to a full drum-kit

POPULAR MUSIC STYLES 1

An in-depth, chronological study of all the main popular music genres from the second half of the 20th century to the present day.

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION

Work as part of a team to create engaging content for platforms such as YouTube.
MUSIC RADIO PRODUCTION
This involves producing an exciting live music show, encompassing DJ voice, music, links, idents, adverts and interviews.
RADIO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
Research and analyse various production models before producing a radio documentary of broadcast quality.
BUSINESS INNOVATIONS AND ENTERPRISE
Study various business strategies (including crowd funding) before submitting provisional plans for a viable business idea.
INTERACTIVE MUSIC AND SOUND FOR VIDEO GAMES
Learn how to create appropriate music for a format built for active participants including voice-overs, character-specific musical motifs, sound effects etc.
OPTIONAL MODULES (students choose 1 optional module per semester)
PERFORMANCE STUDIES (1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b)
Instrument specific tuition on your chosen instrument. Guitar, bass, drums and vocal lessons, all underpinned by high-quality instructional videos, written and recorded by the best teachers and players in the UK.
MUSIC PRODUCER
Study topics that will provide a comprehensive grounding in the musical knowledge and skill required to make a well-rounded popular music producer pop song form.
PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
Builds on the music-related themes developed in Music Producer. The bulk of this module is devoted to developing skills relating to understanding harmony and developing songwriting skills.
GENRE PRODUCTION
Producers will learn how to record live audio and produce in the styles of rock, funk, disco, acoustic and a genre of choice.
MIXING & MASTERING FOR MEDIA (TV/RADIO/WEB/CINEMA)
This module involves studying all aspects of audio mastering for a wide range of different media.
Utilise plug-ins like Slate and iZotope to master your music and sound appropriate for each medium. Cover vital topics such as levels, crest factor, RMS, compression, EQ, limiting, stereo widening, dither, ISRC coding and ID3 tagging.
TV ADVERT PRODUCTION
Work to a commercial brief to create an effective TV advert, learning how to manage all technical and artistic aspects to produce a TV production in an industry-standard format.
STUDIO PRODUCTION
Studio producers will learn how to record live audio and produce in the styles of Soul, Electronic Pop and Metal. Electronic music producers will study the production styles of Break Beat, Dub Step, Electronica and an EDM artist of their choice.

Level: 4-5
Length: 2 year

Price: £6165
Study Locations:
Exeter • Gateshead • Southampton • Online

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a 48 UCAS points plus a successful audition and interview. Experienced musicians and producers without formal qualifications may be considered based on their industry experience.

Progression

You will be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Music & Sound top up year to gain your full BA (Hons) Degree. You will have honed your music-related skills to a professional standard and will have gained an extensive transferable skill-set. This could be used to either enter the industry or build up your own business.

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How to Apply
The Foundation Degree was validated in January 2019, to apply for September 2019 you will need to make a UCAS application.
The UCAS course code is W331, the Foundation Degree is validated by University of West London.
APPLY VIA UCAS