Currently accepting applications for September 2017



This Music Production and Sound Engineering degree is aimed primarily at people who see themselves as producer or engineers. People that are passionate about both classic and contemporary recording techniques and want to become absolute experts of the recording studio environment. You will gain advanced practical and theoretical knowledge of studio recording, post-production and music composition techniques, developing essential grounding and the core principles vital for a successful career in music production and sound engineering.


This music production degree course will provide you with an advanced skill set in recording and music production techniques. As a student on this course, you will be given significant insight into a wide variety of techniques and methodologies and encouraged to incorporate them into your own practice or modify and develop your own new methodologies.

You will gain a deep understanding of all the elements of working in a studio environment, including listening skills, mixing and remixing, mastering, acoustics, psychoacoustics and much more.


Year 1

  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Creative Music Production Technique
  • Music Production Analysis
  • Studio Recording Practice
  • Creative Music Production Practice
  • The Creative Practitioner: The Music Industry

Year 2

  • Studio Recording Workflow
  • Creative Music Production Workflow
  • Acoustics for Music Production
  • Critical Listening & Mastering
  • Production Techniques for Visual Media
  • Contemporary Music Production Arrangement
  • The Creative Practitioner: Personal & Social

Year 3

  • The Creative Practitioner: Innovation in Music Production
  • Working to a Brief
  • Working to a Brief: Negotiated Production
  • Music Production Research and Practice (Honours Project)


Just like all dBs Music degree programmes this course will really help you carve out a satisfying career in the music industry. Former students have gone on to work at leading studios like Abbey Road, some have set up their own commercial studios, many produce and compose their own work.

Some of the potential roles this type of training can lead to

  • Music Producer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Audio Editor
  • Studio Owner
  • Post/Pre-Production
  • Foley Artist
  • Band Manager
  • Sound Designer


  • Facilities

    The course is based at our brand new media facility in the heart of Bristol, boasting 10 fully equipped studios, huge live room, Foley studio, Surround Sound suite and a lecture/screening room that is more like a luxury cinema. Whether it’s our classic mixing desks, the very latest software plug-ins or our mountain of hardware, you are guaranteed to get your hands on practical experience on the very best industry standard gear. Our Bristol HE Centre is the only education facility in the UK to house an API 1608 Recording Console - this means that our students are the only UK students that can qualify for the API Visionary Scholarship Program. You can book a tour of our campuses here.

  • Industry Connections

    You will learn from tutors who are actively working in the industry: producers, composers, sound engineers and musicians. The course also benefits from our extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected producers, specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies to record label and marketing/promotion experts.

  • Real World Experience

    Throughout the course, there are multiple opportunities for you to gain real world experience including:

    • Record in world-class professional recording studios such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.
    • Get involved in the local music scene working with local muscians and bands.
    • Opportunities to pitch for paid projects with production companies and other clients.
    • Technician internships.


Course Code: 85F3

Institution Code: P63


The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year


Applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students.

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We are currently accepting applications for September 2017 entry.

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UCAS Points: 112 Points from

  • A-levels
  • Level 3 Diplomas
  • Or an equivelent qualification
  • If applying from outside the UK please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications.

Check the UCAS tariff tables to see how many points you have.

If you do not hold the minimum entry requirements but can demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation you will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further details. If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.

UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language at C or above, or an equivalent qualfication such as Functional skills level 2.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language must have:

  • IELTS, minimum of 6.0 in each category (within the last 2 years) or an equivalent qualification.


Most students will be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of your course. There are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand that figuring out student finance can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call on 0333 344 2243.

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