Music Performance and Production BA (Hons)

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Overview

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Degree

UCAS code: WJ39 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: W378 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

  • Room for creativity

    We'll help you experiment and create so you can find your own voice and follow your vision as a music maker.

  • Industry exposure and collaboration

    Collaboration on industry-like projects with other departments at UEL, such as film, fashion, acting, and game design.

  • Career focused

    UEL’s career-focused approach to learning ensures that students are ready for the industry. Our Career Zone also provides the careers and employability resources that students need to succeed.

Course modules

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

To us, music is a broad church. It could mean the creation of a top-40 pop song, an experimental sound installation at Tate Modern or a viral track online. So we'll offer you a broad spectrum of studies, too. In your first year, you'll learn basic skills in areas such as musical arrangements and solo and group performance. The basics of MIDI and Audio productions as well as stage set-up. You'll become more professional about your music.

In your second year, you'll pursue your own identity as a songwriter or performer. You'll also think more about how you're going to produce your music and work on music industry collaborations with other students from your course and other courses (i.e. Games, Film, etc.)

Over the three years, your theoretical studies will include music history, investigations into how technology affects the composition and consumption of music and explorations into how sound connects with the body. By the third year, you'll bring all your knowledge together to fashion a professional portfolio in your chosen field ready to present to the music world. You will work on music industry projects and develop your entrepreneurial skills including optional work experience.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Our course is designed to turn you into a highly employable modern music professional. The pathways that lead from our course into the industry are varied and stimulating.
You could forge a career in contemporary or experimental music or you could choose to stay in the pop world or write film soundtracks. You could end up composing music for computer games.
Anything would appear possible when you consider the range of careers that just a small cross-section of our students have gone into since leaving us.

Industry links

Our teachers, who are all producers, composers, theorists, and performers, are well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contacts.

Graduate employers

Our graduates have been employed by organisations such as Leland Music, an agency that develops, creates and licenses music.

Job roles

Many of our graduates have started their own businesses or are working as freelancers within the music industry.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

You could specialise further by studying for an MA Sound and Music Production at UEL.

Rema Khatun
As a university committed to your career growth, we've curated dedicated Career Zones across all of our campuses with practical services tailored to your success. From internships, personalised coaching, and employability workshops to volunteering, mentoring, placements, and enterprise opportunities, we offer a diverse range of support."
Rema Khatun

Career Zone

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated career support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

You'll be taught by a range of staff, all of whom are practitioners in the area they teach. The majority of the assessments focus on practical skills and are presented as ‘live or simulated briefs’. This ensures that the practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and practice. Each module is designed with practical components and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to comment on and justify their creative process.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist music facilities, such as edit suites, rehearsal rooms, the equipment store, the library, full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

    Workload

    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. 

    The approximate percentages for this course are:

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours. 
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours. 
    • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

    Class sizes

    To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 30-plus students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 30 students. 

    In practical work, you will be taught in groups of 4 or 5 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group work, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. You will always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face-to-face assessments.

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What our students and staff say

Sonke Prigge
Although teaching is a job, I've never treated and it never felt like that. No one class, module or course is the same, teaching varies according to the students in the room. Once our students have the basic knowledge and the technical know-how to operate music software and the equipment in the studios, teaching becomes more like a collaboration between teachers and students. The motivation usually comes from helping students to achieve their goals and seeing them succeed."

Sonke Prigge

Senior lecturer, BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production

Tristan Parkes
I love how UEL brings people together from all over the world to study in a friendly, caring, inspiring and innovative learning environment, and being a part of this is truly special."

Tristan Parkes

Senior lecturer in Performing Arts