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About the course

Got a passion for digital music production? Want to learn from professional composers, producers and musicians? Solent University’s digital music top-up programme is perfectly suited to students who are looking to upgrade their existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree.

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

During this one year course you’ll use the University’s extensive selection of high-end equipment to work on practical projects, learn sought after skills and find out how digital technologies contribute to music, film, TV and game production.

Students on this year-long programme are supported by experienced industry practitioners as they create a professional portfolio, learn to use high-end production equipment and immerse themselves in the business of digital music production.

Designed in collaboration with active industry experts, Solent’s extensive digital music curriculum looks at the many different applications of digital audio production, exploring how television, films, games and other forms of multimedia are dependent on quality digital audio production.

Learners will improve their skills through regular use of industry-standard hardware. Available equipment includes:

  • five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HD and NI Komplete,
  • three ICON DCommand work surfaces,
  • an analog studio with Audient ASP8024,
  • outboards by Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio,
  • microphones by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Rode,
  • plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox,
  • Yamaha M7 and LS9 digital live mixers,
  • and a Music Technology Lab with 25 Apple Macs, Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius.

Students are able to tailor this course to their own interests through optional projects. These units can help to inform future careers and ensure that technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry.

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
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style, taking part in independent projects or working in collaboration with students from other creative disciplines.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to roles including trainee assistant sound editor, composer/electronic music producer and mastering engineer, and have worked at award-winning documentary film company Film@59 in Bristol, and on post-production sound for films such as Attack the Block.

Who is this course for?

This digital music top-up is for students who have already studied a related topic at HND level or equivalent. This one year top-up allows students to convert this existing qualification into a full undergraduate degree.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry W300
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
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

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent average)

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree. 
  • 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: 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 on the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Major Project
  • Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship
  • Collaborative Project
  • Industry Portfolio


  • Advanced Mixing and Mastering 
  • Songwriting Portfolio
  • Film Music
  • Experimental Music Production
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post Production

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jenna Barker academic profile Jenna Barker Senior Lecturer View profile
Simon Fisk academic profile Simon Fisk Senior 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.


Students master their craft using a range of industry-standard facilities. These include a dedicated digital music production studio equipped with iMac computers, Logic Pro x 10.2, Apple 9, Native Instruments Komplete 10 and Traktor.

You’ll use industry-standard hardware including Korg MIDI keyboards, Korg Electribes and Traktor S4, S2 and X1 controllers. You'll also have access to a dedicated mixing booth attached to the main teaching studio.

Students also have access to nine recording studios, four large rehearsal rooms, digital and analogue workstations, vocal booths and a 200-seat performance space.

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

Your future

Skills learnt in digital music can be applied across a range of industries, from dance music and beyond; likely sectors include computer gaming, television, film, web productions, mobile gaming, record companies and more.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Dance music producer 
  • Studio-based third-party production 
  • Music for online media 
  • DJing and live performance
  • Sound editor
  • Music editor 
  • Foley artist
  • Sound designer 
  • Film composer.

Industry links

Members of the course team are actively involved in the contemporary digital and electronic music scene and have close links with the music industry. You’ll also have a chance to work with our Solent Creatives freelance agency on real-world briefs from live clients.


The digital music team runs a programme of activities designed to encourage and help students to get internships and works placements within industry.

Digital music students are also given the chance to get involved with SMILEFest, the University’s annual music industry conference. Past speakers include Zoe Ball; The Blackout; Gallows; Steve Strange; Download booking executive and Livenation promoter, Andy Copping; Kerrang editor, James McMahon; and Bloc Party/Franz Ferdinand PR guru, Janine Warren.

Further study

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