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Postgraduate Course

Music Production MA

Explore, broaden and challenge your music production skills. Develop a sound understanding of practice-based research in music production.

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You will work with experienced staff who are closely engaged with developments in the field of Music Production. We will support you as you explore key theories and concepts. You will develop the skills to innovate and evolve your own production practice.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview including portfolio

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

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Course overview

On this course you will examine the relationship between music and the wider cultural, social and economic circumstances of its production and reception. We encourage you to focus on contemporary ideas and developments emerging within the field of music production. Throughout your study you will investigate and interrogate your own individual production practice.

Through university events and guest lectures you will meet with professional producers and influential music professionals. We offer cross-disciplinary study with other performance and productions MA courses, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with other students with varied specialisms. You will develop the skills and knowledge to critique current trends, learn research strategies and become a reflective practitioner.

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete. You will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules
  • A Music Production Independent Project

If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete and the modules will be split across both years.

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Explore and test the connections between theory and practice. On this module you will investigate concepts and methods of practice-based research through lectures, critical discussion and reflective engagement with your own practice. You will consider how knowledge can be generated, questioned and communicated.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the theoretical and musicological heritage that frames the study of music production. You will study concepts that have shaped this discipline and examine the frameworks behind them. Through group discussion and exploration you will consider your practice in reference to these concepts.

Credits: 120

Compulsory module

You will engage with the production of a significant work or body of works that represents the culmination of your skills, knowledge and creativity. Along with this body of practice you will develop reflective, critical and contextual work that communicates an understanding of your practice.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching will consist of a mixture of group seminars and individual tutorials. This includes additional sessions with staff from different academic subjects across the university.

As a graduate student, independent learning will be central to your study. We encourage you to take responsibility for managing your own learning and its outcomes. Our Academic Support team can help with written English, study, research and technology skills if needed.

We keep our group sizes small so we can get to know your creative personality and support your aspirations. We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Seminars
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group critiques
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Visiting speakers and lecturers
  • Visits to appropriate arts venues and performances

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

There are no formal examinations on this course. You will be assessed through live events and coursework, which will include:

  • Creative work
  • Essays
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Workshops and events
  • Annotated reflective documents
  • Extended essays and a dissertation

You will receive continuous informal feedback on works in progress through a combination of showings, discussions and written proposals.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview including portfolio

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current music production practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

UK 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £7,000 for full time study
  • £3,500 per year for part time study

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

Funding opportunities

International 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £13,000 for 1 year of full time study
  • £6,500 per year for part time study

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Music Production take you?

This degree could lead you to a career directly related to Music Production, such as including record producer, recording engineer, sound mixer, self-producing artist and music editor. You will develop transferrable skills that can be applied to numerous industries. These include: problem solving, collaboration, independent working, communication and more.

This will give you an advantage in careers such as:

  • Music teacher
  • Project Manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Record Label Executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • Creative Director

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £8,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2019)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you will need to fill out for this specific course.

To complete the online application form you will need to create login details.

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Apply Now: Full time (September 2022)

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