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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 (National Student Survey 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
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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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 Foundation Year in Popular Music.
  • 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Popular Music Production Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Top-up route:

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

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • 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.
  • Studio Practice
    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.

Year two

Core modules
  • Mixing
    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.


  • Digital DJing
    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.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • 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.
  • Collaborative Project
    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.


  • 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. 
  • Surround Mixing
    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.

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


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
Phil Durrant academic profile Phil Durrant Associate 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.


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


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.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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