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BA (Hons)Popular Music Performance and Production

4 years with foundation year
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Institution code: S30
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Southampton City Centre
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Got a passion for music performance and production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Solent University? The foundation year in music is structured to equip you with the broad range of production and performance skills you’ll need to progress onto the full BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production degree.

The foundation year enables students from widely varied backgrounds, and with varying aspirations, to develop their music production and performance skills, while helping to acclimatise to the ethos and expectations associated with higher education study in general, and study at undergraduate level.

Suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians, Solent's popular music performance and production degree combines creativity and technical learning with in-depth academic and research skills.

The course offers a broad range of creative and technical learning in music and production carefully balanced with the acquisition of academic skills involving research and critical thinking. Students will gain experience both specific to the music industry and relevant to other careers.

The course features extensive study of the music industry including copyright, contract law and career pathways. Students are also expected to develop transferable skills in research, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, communication and project management.

Student learning is aided by access to our industry standard facilities. These include nine recording studios (networked with Protools HD and Logic Pro), a range of mixing workstations, and a Production Lab with 24 Apple workstations (with Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Sibelius). You’ll also have access to large rehearsal rooms fully equipped with backline and PAs.

The curriculum is delivered by an experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with professional experience in performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design and the business and culture of music production. Staff frequently engage with on-going research in music composition, performance and production. The team’s industry links also enable a handpicked selection of students to record at the world renowned Abbey Road Studios.

This video 'Why study BSc (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

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Why choose this course?

Student work

Abbey Road Studios entrance

Solent students record at Abbey Road Studios

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

Students who are new to music production/music performance or those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate music performance and production degree will benefit most from the foundation year.

Solent’s popular music performance and production degree-level course is suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians. Applicants should be interested by both performance and technical production, as well as music history and academic theory.

Applicants should aspire to careers as session musicians, producers, artists, songwriters, music journalists or promoters.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production course have gone on to work in diverse areas such as professional performance, songwriting, artist development, live sound, online mixing, sound engineering, teaching and technical support.

Meet the team

The course team are all active industry experts, with experience in areas such as music performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design, music education and the business and culture of music production. Guest lectures and master-classes are integrated into the programme, past guests include Guthrie Govan, guitarist; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Mike Moran, composer; and Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer.

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.


Solent's recording studios and rehearsal spaces are state-of-the-art and include Pro Tools Ultimate and Logic digital audio workstations; microphones by Neumann, AKG and Shure; analog processing includes Neve, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Empirical Labs, and Portico; instruments provided include drums by DW and Mapex, a Moog Synthesiser, Korg Kronos, Marshall, Orange, Friedman, Fender and Vox valve guitar amplifiers, Ampeg and Eden bass amps, and Mackie PAs; software includes Native Instruments Komplete, and Plugins by Sonnox, McDSP and Celemony; live sound mixers include Allen and Heath DLive, Soundcraft Si, and Midas M32

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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