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About the course

Passionate about digital music production? Want to learn from professional producers/composers and develop a solid foundation for success in the music industry? This innovative, industry-focused course enables you to develop your skills, musical creativity and confidence – providing you with a solid foundation for success within the music and creative industries.

Our music courses ranked 15th out of 66 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Under the guidance of practising producers, composers, musicians and DJs you’ll study areas including music production/composition, audio engineering, live performance and entrepreneurship. The course caters for a wide variety of contemporary musical styles including various dance music genres, for example, Drum & Bass, House, Hip-Hop, Grime, EDM and Techno.

The course also encourages you to widen your skill-set, and supports you to expand upon the knowledge and proficiencies necessary to succeed within the competitive world of commercial music and sound, bridging the gap between the aspiring music producer and professional digital artist. You will also have the opportunity to study skills in Foley artistry, music/sound design for film, games and other creative mediums.

You will also be supported in establishing, branding, release/distributing and promoting your own original music through the three year course.

Throughout your studies you will have the chance to use a variety of contemporary, industry-standard software and plugins are used within teaching, including Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools and Native Instruments’ Komplete. You will also access our professional recording studios, acoustically treated workstations, DJ equipment and facilities, music labs, instrumental practice rooms and dubbing suites.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities

Digital music students learn from experienced musicians, DJs and producers with a wealth of first-hand knowledge to share.

What does this course lead to?

BA (Hons) Digital Music students go on to enjoy a range of careers and professions. Thanks to the diversity of the course, graduates can apply for a variety of roles within the music and creative industries such as becoming a releasing artist/producer, studio-based third-party production, sound engineering, music/sound creation for film, games and online media, DJing and live performance.

Past graduates have gone on to become releasing producers in their own right, as well as mastering engineers, sound editors, label owners, composers for film and sound designers for games. You will also be well placed for other music-related roles, including post-production sound, sound/music editing, Foley artistry, sound design, ADR recording/editing, sound effects editing and film and TV composition.

Who is this course for?

This degree is ideally suited to students who have a genuine desire to progress and succeed within the music industry, as either a producer/composer, or digital creative within the wider creative sectors including film, games, TV, etc. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry DM01
  • 4 Years Popular Music Production Foundation Year DM03
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Popular Music Production Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Popular Music Production Foundation Year route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Digital Music Production and Composition 1
  • Digital Music Production and Composition 2
  • Studio Practice
  • Electronic Music in Context (Historical)
  • Artist Development 1 - The Music Industries
  • Digital Music Live 1 – Creation

Year two

Core units
  • Mixing
  • Artist Development 2: Branding and Self-Release
  • Digital Music Live 2: Performance
  • Electronic Music in Context (Contemporary)
  • Music and Sound for Film

Options

  • Digital DJing
  • Music and Sound for Games

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Digital Music Final Major Project
  • Artist Development 3: Industry Portfolio
  • Artist Development 4: Networking and Promotion
  • Collaborative Project

Options

  • Advanced Mixing and Mastering
  • Surround Mixing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Simon Fisk academic profile Simon Fisk Course Leader View profile
Jenna Barker academic profile Jenna Barker Senior Lecturer View profile
Natalia Kulabuchova academic profile Natalia Kulabuchova Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

During the course you will have the chance to use a variety of industry-standard software and hardware devises, and will learn and develop your skills using the following facilities:

  • Our cutting-edge music studios (running Pro Tools and Logic Pro X)
  • Our student-friendly music laboratories (including a dedicated Digital Music lab with Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite and Native Instruments’ Komplete)
  • Dubbing Suites for TV and film
  • Mixdown workstations/booths
  • DJing live zone
  • Rehearsal/practice rooms

The University’s media loans hatch also enables you to borrow equipment for university work, or other private projects.

Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style, taking part in independent projects or working in collaboration with other creative disciplines. Southampton is a vibrant city with a large and diverse range of night-time entertainment venues. Students also benefit from the city’s convenient transport links with central London.

Your future

This degree prepares you for a range of music-related roles after graduation, including:

  • Professional music producer
  • Professional music composer
  • Sound engineer (studio, mastering and/or live)
  • Music and sound production for film, TV and games
  • Professional DJ
  • Working for/managing record labels
  • Live performer
  • Post-production audio work for film and TV
  • Music publishing and licensing
  • Music producer for third-party clients/businesses
  • Music retail
  • Music promotion and events management
  • Teacher
  • Music management
  • The staff are friendly and my lecturers are always ready to help and give me advice. The facilities are amazing, we love the latest equipment and I can easily say that this university is really working for the students.

    Aleksandar Astoyanov

  • The teaching staff at Solent are amazing – it’s like learning from friends. I have learned different methods and techniques from the lecturers because they all have their own way of doing things.

    Chris Baker, Graduate

Placements

During the course you will have the option to sign-up with Solent Creatives – the University’s freelance agency, giving you the chance to work on live briefs from real-world clients.

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