Music Production BA (Hons)

Music Production is the degree for the musician who loves contemporary digital technology. Modern technology has opened up new avenues of production, composition, consumption and distribution for music of all kinds. This programme is designed for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of this changing musical context and to actively apply this knowledge as they engage with it and create their own music products.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

The programme was designed and written in collaboration with practitioners and businesses in the industry to make sure that the work you do is relevant to your future career. You will develop your skills in music technology, focusing on the creation and production of music and sound. You will work closely with students on our BA (Hons) Music and Film & TV Production degrees, and other students in the Faculty of Arts, giving you a rich, art-focused, vocationally-directed and hands-on approach to your learning.

This course will also enable you to build up your entrepreneurial skills through frequent real-world business experience, live professional activity and regular contact with our industry partner network.

Course structure


Our programme covers musical skills, using computer technology and recording techniques, sound theory and practice; music business; personal & project management; entrepreneurship; artist development; alongside practical skills in marketing and promotion for your business.

You will study theories, contexts, technology, skills and techniques that relate to music production. Such things as contemporary digital recording in the studio and location recording, sound creation and manipulation, sequencing and editing, and the skills of writing, arranging and producing music. You will acquire and develop these skills through the projects you undertake, and you will learn their application in practice, in different contexts, and with other media.

You will not be expected to perform on a traditional musical instrument, though you may be expected to perform. You will not be taught or expected to use traditional musical notation, though you will be expected to communicate accurately and effectively in a modern musical context. You will be given ear-training. You will be given computer music production technique training. You will be expected to analyse and understand music recordings, as well as create quality productions of your own. You will work in groups, you will work individually. You will be expected to work independently and professionally throughout the programme.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Engineering & Production
  • Being a Producer
  • Perspectives on Music
  • Song Writing

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • 21st Century Audience
  • The Professional Producer
  • Producing Music
  • Song & Artist Development


Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Production Project
  • Research Project
  • Beyond Production


Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and experience in Music Production. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, demonstrating a broad interest in a wide range of musical styles and/or documentation of practice.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Demonstrating a number of musical interests/experiences rather than confining yourself to only one
  • Demonstrating experience of project/personal management e.g. through running a club, playing in a band and/or organising a trip
  • Subscribing/reading recording technology magazines e.g. Sound on Sound
  • Composing your own music/songs or arranging it for others
  • Demonstrating experience of doing live sound for concerts/gigs
  • Showing an active engagement and enthusiasm for producing music
  • Producing your own CD or your own productions
  • Uploading your own work to online platforms e.g. SoundCloud, Bandcamp
  • Demonstrating experience of working with other musicians
  • Doing regular DJ work

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

Ask a question

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