Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Sound Production

Compose and produce contemporary music with an interdisciplinary and experimental focus. Develop your own signature sound and production style, through this forward-thinking, cutting edge music composition and production course. You'll be able to tailor the course's content to your own style and skills. The content will cover aesthetic considerations as well as technology and techniques utilised in modern music making. The award is deliberately unbounded by genre and there are opportunities to take an interdisciplinary approach to sound production, including contemporary electronic music, studio and field recording, experimental music and sound design for composition. Opportunities for working with visual media are also encouraged.

Course modules

Trimester one - Gain the skills you'll need to fulfil the rest of the course. The Skills Portfolio module is built on the idea that you'll already have technical skills in this area, but that students entering the course have differing skillsets depending on background. It therefore allows you to choose a handful of skills projects from a large number of options - these cover skills right across the Sound Production, Sound Design and Sound Arts pathways and include (optional) elements of multimedia. The Research Methodology and Context module develops skills in postgraduate-level research and writing. It is designed to give you the tools for an onward journey in academia, but not to be, in the colloquial sense, 'academic'. It encourages your research to be around the practical and creative elements core to your practice and therefore to feed your creative work. Trimester two - You'll advance the knowledge gained in the the first trimester and begin exploring the intertextual possibilities of music composition. In addition, you'll develop a creative project that will further extend the work undertaken on the trimester 1 Skills Portfolio module. The module Intertextuality In Sound Production aims to capture and contextualise emerging trends and innovation at the forefront of sound production and composition, and develop composition skills that extend beyond the limits of genre. You'll produce practical outputs exploring a range of influences from a rich milieu of sound related practices. The ultimate goal of the module is the creation of new music that explores the continuum between contemporary electronic music and more avant-garde musical forms. Alongside the Sound Production modules there are additional optional modules that you can study from the other pathways. From the Sound Arts pathway, the Visual Music module explores the idea that musical thinking can be extended to the visual, and encourages students to develop multimedia projects that explore this idea. Sonic Architecture centres around the construction and organisation of sound, and focusses on the tensions that may be explored and exploited in both the spatial and temporal domains. From the Sound Design pathway the Post Production module explores an industry-level workflow for audio post production for picture. There are also choices in composition, performance, musicology and professional practice. Trimester three - Trimester three represents the culmination of the course, in an independent research project. While most Masters level courses consist of a substantial written dissertation component, the MA Sound Production programme focuses more on high-level practical work and the concept of 'practice as research' through the creation of a large-scale practical project. The project will fulfil the same function as the traditional dissertation; you'll develop individual and original research, but through the creation of a portfolio of works, rather than through the written word. You'll develop a body of practical work which will serve as a substantial portfolio for the next stage in your career.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed entirely on coursework. The majority of this will be practical and creative work, including the dissertation-equivalent Major Project. Some practical projects are accompanied by short informal written assignments, and the for the Research Methodology and Context module you'll produce a more substantial paper.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus BA2 9BN South West

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