Currently accepting applications for September 2017


UCAS COURSE CODES Course Code: 85F3 Institution Code: P63

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. 



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.

Graduates of this degree leave with advanced practical and theoretical knowledge of studio recording, post-production and music composition techniques, developing essential grounding in the core principles vital for a successful career in music production and sound engineering.


+ 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)


All dBs centres are based on the principals of providing the very best, our centres boast fully equipped studios, huge live rooms, Foley studios, Surround Sound suites and lecture theatre/screening rooms. 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. In addition, 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 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.


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.



Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students.  For advice on the application process or for more course details contact us here

Alternatively you can start your initial application by hitting the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch



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


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.

UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language at C/4 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.

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. You may also be interested in our lower entry degrees, the HNC/D Music Production. If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.


The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year:

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

Students on this course are also official students of the University of St Mark & St John, our validating university, and can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost 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 bit of 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 5536.

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