Music Production BSc (Hons) modules

Year one | Year two | Year three

Year one

Introduction to Studio Techniques

Introduces you to the essential recording equipment and techniques you will encounter in professional studios. You will learn how to select and use microphones, mixing desks, recording devices and audio effects in order to create audio productions of professional quality.

Industry practice

Develop your skills as a practitioner, producer, mixer or engineer in this industry practice module, which explores the history of the media industry in the UK, along with current policy and trends. You will learn the fundamentals of making and producing music in the UK industry and support your practical learning with a portfolio-building opportunity.

Acoustics and digital processing

Familiarises you with the acoustical foundations of musical sounds. You will learn to describe musical sounds in terms of their temporal and spectral acoustical features and relate these to our human perception of musical parameters like pitch, dynamics and timbre. 

Ideas in Music and Sonic Art

Introduces you to a broad range of music and the sonic arts. You will develop your critical listening and analytical skills, and work towards building up a timeline and historical overview.

Year two

Studio Recording and Production

Teaches you how to coordinate and use production resources to create a refined end-product for a prescribed professional purpose. You will develop essential skills needed in professional studios, such as production techniques, data and time management, and organisation and communication.

Performance and Promotion

This module will give you the skills to develop a performance showcase opportunity in Leicester City Centre to promote you and your work. Using your live performance skills and music promotion knowledge, you will create and promote an event of your choosing.

Live Sound and Location Recording

Familiarises you with common sound-mixing and recording scenarios outside the controlled studio setting. You will plan and adapt audio equipment for scenarios such as live music, spoken word or on film sets and acquire the skills needed to reliably conduct live mixes and recordings on location.

Digital Signal Processing

Provides you with a more advanced knowledge of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that  is essential to understand the logic at work in digital systems and software that process audio signals. You will focus on digital filters—convolution, z-transform, transfer function, impulse responses—and their application in music and audio contexts.

Year three

Advanced Studio Production and Mastering

Deepens your understanding of sound and different end formats. You will become proficient at handling audio masters, processing material to fit a given context and professional sound and assemble material to create effective production masters.

Audio Recording and Production for Film and TV

Gives you professional level experience in working as a team, with external clients, on film/TV sound. You will take a detailed look at the business of film/TV production, assume the role of an audio professional in this context, and understand the underlying professional practices and procedures.

Sequencing and Synthesis

Develops your understanding of, and skills in using, digital sequencing software in conjunction with hardware/software control systems and protocols (e.g. MIDI, OSC, MaxMSP). You will work on practical projects to explore the use of sequencing systems alongside a range of control and controllable hardware.

Research Project

Gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation of a music technology topic of your choice and design, with support from your individual tutor. Choose between written research (a dissertation) or a practice-based investigation (a creative or technological ‘project’).  You will develop important skills in independent research while deepening your understanding of an area of particular interest to you. 

*All modules titles are subject to validation and while terms may change the scope of the degree will remain largely similar.