Music Production*

BA (Hons)

Our Music Production course will strengthen your knowledge of the music industry and give you the confidence to shape live and recorded music outputs. You’ll learn to communicate with bands, artists, and music marketing and management companies whilst developing compositional abilities and sound mixing skills.

You’ll study areas such as music and popular culture, studio skills, and culture music and identity, whilst building a portfolio through live projects, work placements, and networking opportunities with industry professionals. You’ll also collaborate with other UCA courses including Music Journalism, Music Marketing, and Music Performance.

Studying areas such as music and popular culture, studio skills, culture music and identity, and performance, production and industry, you’ll have the chance to learn from a variety of perspectives, developing a global understanding of the industry.

You will also have opportunities to collaborate with other courses at Epsom, including Music Journalism, Music Marketing, and Fashion, Promotion & Imaging.

Throughout the course you’ll progress  as a creative critical thinker, giving you the confidence to experiment with and challenge existing music cultures. There will be a variety of live projects, work placements, networking and engagement with industry professionals which will give you a range of skills that can provide a springboard into a range of creative industries.

With such transferable skills, you can look to progress into a wide variety of career paths within the music industry such as a composer, arranger, producer, DJ or a sound engineer/mixer who wants to explore the contemporary music scene.

*Course is subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

    Introduction to Music Production
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    Studio Skills 1
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    Music and Popular Culture
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    Theories of Music and Media Production and Auditory Culture
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  • Year 2

    The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

    Studio Skills 2
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    Performance, Production & Industry
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    Production Project & Work Experience
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    Culture Music & Identity/Live mix: Performance and Festival Theory
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    Study Abroad with Host Institution
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  • Year 3

    The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

    Professional Planning
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    Practical Project and project report
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  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:


Campus facilities include: Studio spaces for tutorials, workshops, group and independent working; recording area with booth for radio and podcast podcast production. Digital media suites with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest design software and fully-equipped photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting and set up.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Taught by lecturers with a rich background in music production and based on our Epsom campus with several other music-related courses, we benefit from connections across a wide range of industry names in music and art, including:

    • The V&A Museum
    • Fender Guitars
    • Gibson Guitars
    • Glyndbourne Opera House
    • Oddstream Media Arts Festival, Netherlands
    • Brighton Great Escape Festival
    • Arts Council UK.
  • Careers

    On this course you’ll develop compositional abilities alongside communication skills to help prepare you for a fulfilling career in the music industry and the arts. Roles that you could pursue after graduation include:

    • Composer
    • Studio Engineer
    • Festival Engineer
    • Theatre Production and Performance
    • Sound and Installation Artist
    • Touring Musician
    • Sound Designer.
  • Further study

    Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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Your portfolio

We may invite you to attend an Applicant Day and bring along your work for assessment. You’ll be asked to prepare a 150 word biography with details about what you have done as a musician/producer/DJ. You also need to bring recorded evidence of your music (3-5 mins long), either on CD or as a Dropbox file, and be prepared to talk through how you made it.

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