This degree is based at USW’s purpose-built campus, in the creative centre of Cardiff.
BA Music Producing is a highly practical programme, where you will identify, examine and refine your creative music production process. Students are provided with a fast-tracked learning experience through access to USW’s innovative studio facilities, tutor expertise and collaborative learning environment. The course nurtures professional development and functions to build the relevant skillsets required for the next generation of producers.
This award aims to attract prospect music producers and composers who seek to become experts in the latest technology and forge careers within the creative industries of music, film, television and game audio.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
The programme equips the student with the practical techniques, theoretical knowledge, transferable skills and vocational experience required of a professional practitioner within the broad field of Music Production on a personal and professional level. As well as production skills, students will learn theoretical, compositional and transferable skills that will benefit their future employability within the music industry.
Year one aims to develop individual and team-based music production skills, prior to establishing collaborative relationships within the wider faculty. The students will complete the year with a high proficiency in industry-standard tools and techniques, generating confidence and professional practice to take forward.
Throughout year two the course is designed to stimulate interaction with students from other courses and disciplines to master essential collaboration skills required of the successful producer. You will work on projects with musicians, songwriters, singers, filmmakers and gamers.
The final year culminates in the development and creation of a unique creative Major Production Project that will generate a market-ready portfolio to take into industry. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively both within the faculty and for external clients under the guidance of a specialist USW supervisor.
BA Music Producing is tailored to reflect the realities of the modern music industry and gives you access to regular masterclasses, visits by special guest musicians and industry networking events.
This course is assessed through coursework only. There will be no examinations.
The USW School of Production and Performance is also an Accredited Apple Training Centre for Education for Apple Logic Pro and an Avid Authorised Training Partner.
Our campus boasts nine recording studios with live and control rooms, which are sound isolated and acoustically treated. We also house the Gus Dudgeon Suite, an analogue mixing and editing desk, once owned by Elton John’s critically acclaimed producer.
David Coker, Course Leader
Stuart Jones, Senior Lecturer
Dr Damon Minchella, Senior Lecturer
Andrew Gwilliam, Senior Lecturer
Gill Edwards-Randle, Senior Lecturer
Andy Cooper, Lecturer
Neil Martin, Lecturer
Our aim is to enhance and support the student experience at USW by providing support services for students in a professional, friendly and welcoming environment where students can feel at ease.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Applicants in the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.
Applicants outside the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
All applications are considered on an individual basis. Please provide evidence of a website or any other form of digital portfolio as part of your application.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
In terms of employment, the cultural and creative industries offer many openings. Students gain a wide range of valuable generic and specific skills that are highly regarded by employers. Their preparation as adaptable, life-long learners enables them to respond successfully to changing patterns of work.
BA Music Producing will attract students interested in music production careers, either in the traditional sense (professional studio-based, working with record companies and management) or the modern sense (beat/rhythm/backing track creation, digital recording, remixing, remote or home studio-based). Students may also specialise in audio-visual music production for film, television and gaming.