- 3 years
- 4 years with foundation year
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.
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.
Why choose this course?
We have excellent links to Southampton’s vibrant local music scene, and work with the city’s best music venues including The Joiners, 1865, The Engine Rooms, O2 Guildhall, Heartbreakers and many more.
Solent is home to world-class facilities, including multiple recording studios and a fully accredited Dolby Atmos cinema.
Learn from an enthusiastic and dedicated team of professional producers, composers, musicians, sound engineers and DJs with a wealth of international industry experience.
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.
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.
Meet the team
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.
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.
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Digital Music Production and Composition 1
This module will teach you everything you need to know to compose and produce tracks from start to finish. These techniques are obviously invaluable for careers within composition and production. Equally importantly, this module will teach you to understand music on a deeper level.
Digital Music Production and Composition 2
Building upon techniques learned within Digital Music Production and Composition 1, you will learn a multitude of more advanced composition, arrangement, sound design (synthesis), production and mixing/mastering techniques.
This module will teach you everything you need to undertake professional recordings within a studio environment, as well as develop your confidence operating a range of studio spaces and equipment independently.
Electronic Music in Context (Historical)
In this module, you will learn about the history and significance of various developments within the context of 20th Century electronic music. It primarily focuses upon key facts, figures, events, artists and relevant technological developments, which have led/contributed to the current climate within electronic music.
Artist Development 1 - The Music Industries
This module specifically considers the breadth of the music/creative industries, various music legalities, the different income streams available to the contemporary digital artist/business, visual identity, as well as learning important transferable skills (i.e. camera work and video editing) appropriate to commercial and industry-related employment.
Digital Music Live 1 – Creation
In this module, you will start to develop a unique approach to creating music by learning how to control digital audio workstations with physical devices.
You will learn processes required to turn a set of ‘raw’ audio stems into a balanced stereo mix, along with a variety of corrective procedures designed to solve common problems in the recording process.
Artist Development 2: Branding and Self-Release
This module continues from the last, developing ideas related to brand identity, beyond that of simple visual conveyance. You will now go on to learn about branding and the established methods/stages desired in formulating a coherent brand from the ground up. Indeed, successful branding can encourage an emotional association between, for example, an artist and their audience.
Digital Music Live 2: Performance
This module will address various methodologies that will equip you with the knowledge and tools to perform your own original music live, within a suitable public environment.
Electronic Music in Context (Contemporary)
In this module, you will learn about the significance of various developments within contemporary electronic music. It primarily focuses upon key facts, figures, events, artists and relevant technological developments, which have led/contributed to the current climate within electronic music.
Music and Sound for Film
In this module, you will study the basics of creating original music, sound design and recording Foley for film. Topics covered will include traditional music practices, and how these can be combined with contemporary music production techniques to produce appropriate music that will support specific visual media platforms.
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
In this module, you will study the essentials of digital DJing and will look at how ‘DJ culture’ relates to the music industry in general. The emphasis of the module is on the digital manipulation and mixing of music and sound.
Music and Sound for Games
In the module, you will consider composition within an interactive sonic background and create and/or edit sound effects for video games using industry standard software.
Digital Music Final Major Project
In this module, you are given the opportunity to underline the professional nature and direction of your creative work through the development of an individually negotiated programme of study.
Artist Development 3: Industry Portfolio
Within this module, you will develop your brand and launch your own music, product or service worldwide via online mediums, bridging the gap between the aspiring music producer and professional artist so that you are already professionally ‘launched’ within the music industry prior to finishing your studies.
Artist Development 4: Networking and Promotion
This module specifically investigates the phenomenon of networking, as applied to the area of music business, e.g. effective utilisation of online social media. Good practice, case studies and other resources will be investigated to allow students to gain context for digital/remote networking within the sector.
Within the Collaborative Project, you are given the opportunity to underline the professional nature and direction of your creative work through the development of an individually-negotiated programme of study.
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
Advanced Mixing and Mastering
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skill-set to be able to mix and master compositions/tracks to a professional standard, across a range of music genres. You will be encouraged to take a professional approach for the practical musical output, your work befitting the standards of the music industry.
You will experience recent and emerging technological developments including 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos. The issues in mixing music and film sound will be examined and you will learn how to achieve effective mixes in these formats.
How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
- Collaborative Learning
- Directed Learning
- Guided Learning
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Project work
- Individual presentations
- Group presentations
- Live performances
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Why choose the industry?
The music industry has drastically changed in recent times; the days of having to rely on being ‘discovered’ by a record label are long past. Indeed, success is now firmly in the hands of the music producer/artist themselves. This is something the BA (Hons) Digital Music degree capitalises on, pairing together high-quality music production and composition, with contemporary entrepreneurial dexterity.
Moreover, the skills learned can be directly applied to other creative sectors, including music and sound for the film and games industries, which are both currently enjoying substantial growth and investment within the UK.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
- International full-time fees: £14,250 per year
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Extra course costs
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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, T-level Pass (C+) 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.
- For further information about UK qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
As a general guide, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British high school A-levels.
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about EU qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
- A Chinese Associate/Ordinary Diploma with a suitable profile in key subjects
- A portfolio of equivalent qualifications
- If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
- For further information about international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Note to all international students requiring a visa:
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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 26 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.
Alternative entry options
We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us
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 20 in each individual component
- Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
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.
We will prepare you for 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
- Music management
We will help you start your career
The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.
While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.