Music Production BA (Hons)

Our Music Production course will equip you with the skills to create great music and establish yourself as an innovative producer in the music industry.

You will have the space to explore your creativity by producing lots of music and gaining feedback from established industry professionals. A key feature of the course is that much of your work will be on external projects with real-world artists and clients giving you the invaluable experiences needed to develop as a professional creative music producer. 

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Not currently available
Start date
September 2018, September 2019

Course overview

The Music Production degree is a practice-based programme that develops creativity and technical expertise in a wide range of production contexts. You will learn by producing music for yourselves and for real-world clients, immersing yourself in the contemporary music industry and experiencing life as a 21st century music producer. This programme offers a broad experience of production, and develops confident producers able to adapt their skills to any music production situation.


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Music Production courses

Our suite of Music Production courses cover the essence of being a creative music producer, integrating musical artistry with contemporary technology, practical studio skills with project management, and artist development with business enterprise.

94% of students on the Music Production BA (Hons) programme were satisfied with their course overall.

National Student Survey 2017

Course structure


You will learn the diverse set of production skills needed to become a confident, creative and enterprising producer working in the modern music and media industries. You will develop your musical understanding through writing and arranging commercial tracks; you will learn advanced recording techniques in conjunction with acoustic theory to capture sound professionally; you will use an array of digital technology to sequence, synthesize, sample and mangle sounds and beats for specific purposes; you will produce music for real-world clients and develop your project management and artist development skills; and you will contribute to current debate around production, examining modern distribution platforms, analogue recording technologies, film music and more.

The course is focused on developing entrepreneurial producers who can earn a living through their passion for music. Therefore you will also learn the practical business acumen needed to establish and market your music production skills, and gain essential confidence in handling contracts, copyright, client negotiations and product promotion.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Music Production Portfolio
  • Sound Engineering and Music Technology
  • Introduction to Production Musicology
  • Making Music
  • Critical Listening Skills
  • 21st Century Music Business
  • Project Management and Productivity
  • Sound and Acoustics

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Developing Your Music Production Portfolio
  • Studio recording and Computer-Based Production
  • Critical Studies in Music Production
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Developing a Producer’s Ear
  • Location Recording
  • Music Production for the Moving Image
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • DIY Musician
  • Electronic Music
  • Interactive Music Production

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Music Production Project
  • Advanced Mixing and Mastering
  • Progressing Your Music Production Career
  • Music Production Research Project


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.

Teaching and learning

Music Production programmes at York St John take a unique and student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Students are taught their art through small group seminars such as production meetings, studio skills workshops, recording sessions, composition workshops, discussion groups, practical tutorials, producer feedback supervisions, business seminars, music focus groups, and 1-to-1 mentoring.

Studio Facilities

Bunker studioThe Bunker Studio

The Bunker is our largest studio space. Centred around a brand new Audient ASP 8024-HE analogue recording console, this HDX-enabled space provides high acoustic specification with mastering-grade monitoring to meet it.

Studio 101

Studio 101 is a dedicated mastering room, but many students use the highly rated monitoring for their DAW based mixes too. A small room for listening and working using the ATC SCM50 SLA monitors.

Studio 102

Studio 102 is our dedicated mix and overdub space using a ProTools C|24 control surface rather than a traditional console. Often dubbed the ‘production room’, students develop their productions here, laying down overdubs and finishing projects.

The Octagon

The Octagon is our computer room housing 25 Apple iMac computers. This is free for music production students to use outside of scheduled training. There’s also a space set aside for meetings and student businesses to work.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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 2018 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 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 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.

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