MA Music Production, powered by Tileyard

Start dates:
September

Duration:
One year, full-time.

Your degree will be delivered over 45 weeks.

Location:
Confetti, Nottingham

This course is also available for online distance learning.

Awarding body:
This postgraduate degree will be taught at Confetti and validated by Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, in a related subject, such as Music Technology, Music Production, Audio Production, Sound Design, Commercial Production, Sound Engineering, Audio Engineering, Game Audio, Audio for Media, Audio for Post Production, Audio for Visual Media, Composing for Media.
  • If you don't hold a suitable degree, you should include a link to streamable recordings and/or compositions made with technology and state your role in recording and producing them. Write a short statement on the techniques you used to create the recordings that illustrate your suitability for the course along with any industry related experience
  • Non-standard applicants with at least three years' industry experience are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility may be determined by means of an interview for some applicants.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course and a summary of  your knowledge of music production including what instruments, hardware, software, consoles and outboard you use regularly.

Interview:

You'll be invited to an informal interview after you submit your application, to determine your project ideas, your fit with the course, and to discuss your aspirations.

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, in a related subject, such as Music Technology, Music Production, Audio Production, Sound Design, Commercial Production, Sound Engineering, Audio Engineering, Game Audio, Audio for Media, Audio for Post Production, Audio for Visual Media, Composing for Media.
  • If you don't hold a suitable degree, you should include a link to streamable recordings and/or compositions made with technology and state your role in recording and producing them. Write a short statement on the techniques you used to create the recordings that illustrate your suitability for the course along with any industry related experience

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course and a summary of  your knowledge of music production including what instruments, hardware, software, consoles and outboard you use regularly.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

For the latest course fees and advice on funding, visit our fees and funding page.

We offer a 20% discount to most current Confetti and Nottingham Trent University students, and recent alumni. 

To apply for this course, you will need to complete an application through NTU’s Applicant Portal.

Your application will include a personal statement, and you’ll need to provide a reference. For advice about making a successful application to study this course, visit the NTU pages on how to apply.

On this masters degree you will be challenged to innovate across a range of disciplines within music production such as creative recording, mixing and commercial composition, developing and contributing to contemporary practices, and working towards shaping the future of a fast changing, competitive and highly creative discipline. You will develop a personalised journey in specific areas of interest culminating in you leaving with a focused commercial strategy for a sustainable career.

The key aim is to cultivate high quality, entrepreneurially adept graduates to work in the Music Production industries from a portfolio career grass roots level to more structured established company environments. Students will be well placed for the real world of work in this exciting field.

Why study this course?

Confetti has been running its own commercial businesses for almost 30 years, which includes a live music and events venue, Metronome. Through these businesses, you’ll have access to amazing facilities and industry professionals working in the music and events industries.

At the start of your degree you’ll be paired with an industry mentor, matched to your project and/or specialism. They’ll work with you throughout your studies, acting as an external source of advice, support, contacts, and possibly employment opportunities.

Supporting your industry knowledge, we’ll provide you with regular guest lectures and the chance to experience Confetti Industry Week; the largest of its kind in the UK.

Industry exposure at Tileyard

As part of your degree you’ll get exclusive access to the UK’s best music industry insights and connections through our partnership with Tileyard – the world’s largest professional music community.

You can expect regular masterclasses, industry briefs, mentoring and a host of other opportunities to further develop your portfolio, industry knowledge and those all-important connections and contacts.

What you'll study

You will be required to undertake postgraduate level research and investigation in all aspects of your masters study and you will be exposed to a multitude of level 7 research skills and frameworks.

You'll evaluate the most appropriate methods and apply them to a given research project. This module runs across multiple creative masters degrees, enabling cross-course collaboration and reflection.

Throughout the module you will be scaffolded to arrive at a fully formed proposal for your masters dissertation module.

Based on your experience in the Research for Creative Industries module and the resulting proposal you will now embark on your masters dissertation journey which will be an independent study into your specific chosen area of interest.

You will have paths available to you to help you personalise your level 7 experience, for example a more traditional desktop study or a more practical project based approach to prepare you for a future in industry or doctoral study

This module is designed to reflect the entrepreneurial nature of practices in the music and audio sector. Through appropriate negotiated research avenues, you will critically examine current ways of working most applicable to your own journey as a music industry professional, whether that's as an employee, a business owner, or a freelancer with one or more audio/music related activities.

You'll look for your place in the sector and work towards finding a home there during and after your studies by developing your subject and employability skills along with a relevant outward facing portfolio that considers you as a brand.

You’ll critically examine the work landscape to identify relevant professional opportunities during and after your studies to support your development, and, importantly, explore ways to monetise your talents. You'll work on specific self-sourced or supplied industry facing projects and these will provide you with the opportunity to examine the skills needed in relevant key music sectors to help you thrive and survive.

In your 'Practice' module, you'll explore and experiment with multiple related skills, and the relevant results of which can be finessed here and included in your work-facing portfolio, too. To give you the best chance to have long-term success you'll have an assigned mentor from industry to give you a vital insiders perspective.

Ultimately you’ll form an output plan and will pitch for a 'Confetti Employability Grant' to help you with your next steps.

This is your Music Production playground! We all have our specialisms, but have you ever thought how you can apply those skills in related fields? The key to your development is going through the ‘doing’ process in a number of scenarios and examining how you can use what you learned in your own practice.

Through a series of workshops and projects you’ll explore and enhance your processes and skills in these related areas. You’ll experiment and see how related competencies can be developed to increase your employability across the music production sector: You might experiment mapping your studio production skills to live band MD-ing, or your electronic music productions as an artist to write music for media: you’ll work to personalise and apply these techniques to your own practice to enhance what makes you, you!

The key in this module is in the process and reflection, but assets related to your intended employability journey can be honed to completion for use in your ‘Creative Entrepreneurial Approaches’ module to show you at your very best.

You'll learn in our very own live music and events venue, Metronome.

With its unrivalled reputation for the quality of its sound and visuals, Metronome hosts a successful commercial programme of live events throughout the year – and it’s here where you’ll learn from the best and gain real work experience.

This world-class venue is home to some amazing facilities, jampacked with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, and a 400-capacity venue.

Confetti Industry Week is the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
  • Kim Hawes – tour manager for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
  • Susan Rogers - with Prince and the Jacksons
  • Tom Visconti - worked with David Bowie
  • Piers Aggett - Rudimental
  • Nick Raphael – President of Capitol Records who signed Sam Smith
  • Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
  • Sylvia Massy - worked with Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince and Rick Rubin
  • Sister Bliss - Faithless

The week spans the whole creative industries, so it's not just event specialists who you'll get the chance to hear from!

Check out some past talks OnDemand here

The three key approaches to learning and teaching for this course are:

  • Active Collaborative Learning
  • Learning through Research
  • Online or Blended learning

You will participate in workshops, lectures, small group and one-to-one tutoring designed to help you develop the practical and thinking skills that you will need in your chosen career. There is also a collaborative project along with online practice supporting portfolio development.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including:

  • Written Assignments
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Creative outputs/production
  • Portfolio

Formative assessment is what we call the opportunities you have to produce and get feedback on work that will help you to prepare to complete your summative formal assessment.  There are specific named activities in your assessment and feedback plan which you will be asked to complete and submit for feedback.  Additionally, peer, class and individual feedback on your ongoing work is formative.

Assessment tasks are designed to challenge you over the year to increasingly demonstrate your own creativity, reflect your own interests and include independent research.

Graduates will be equipped to take up roles working as a studio owner, recording engineer, producer, songwriter, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, music for media composer, artist, working for a record label/publisher.

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