Course Details

Course Overview

The course offers you an ideal opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and the necessary transferable skills for music production and sound recording in a modern studio environment. You will study a variety of subjects and skills ranging from synthesis and sampling to promotion and video production. All aspects of the course relate to industry contexts and industry links will be encouraged within many modules throughout the course. University Campus Barnsley has recently linked with Pro Tools to provide industry standard training for our students preparing them for the professional world.

Benefits of studying at University Campus Barnsley:

  • Our small friendly campus at Barnsley has purpose built facilities for your course, with an online booking system for all studios and performance rooms.
  • You’ll be taught by staff with years of experience working in the performance, composition, live sound and recording industries.
  • You’ll have opportunities to work with outside clients locally, providing soundtracks for adverts or promotional films whilst working with students from our multimedia courses.

You will learn to use a range of modern sound recording equipment and systems, including music production using Pro Tools and Ableton Live, MIDI sequencing, microphone techniques, mixing-desk architecture, sound processing, synthesis, sampling, software instruments, plugin development, music technology compositional techniques, live sound and acoustics. You will study all aspects of the music industry, including copyright, collecting agencies, record labels, distributors and publishers. In addition you will combine creativity and expertise in production, sound recording, music technology and composition.

How long is the course?

This course runs for three years.

What will I study?

Year 1

  • Music Industry and Society
  • Composition for Popular Music 1
  • Music Technology 1
  • Sound Recording and Production
  • Audio Principles, Synthesis and Sampling
  • Live Sound

Year 2

  • Music Business and Society
  • Acoustics
  • Composition for Music Technologists
  • Music Technology 2 (Sequencing or Technology Pathway)
  • Production
  • Sound Recording
  • Live Sound and Events Management

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Music Case Study
  • Music Technology 3 (Sequencing or Technology Pathway)
  • Promotion and Video Production for Music
  • Employability Skills for Music
  • Production Portfolio: Advanced Sound Recording and Production/Production Project

Where will I study?

University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

No equipment needed. 

How will I be assessed?

You will attend lectures, seminars and directed learning sessions. Your progress will be monitored using a combination of continuous assessment coursework and other practical activities. Coursework includes a mixture of academic and practical tasks allowing you to create a portfolio of work which will enhance your CV.

What can I do next?

Graduates have gone on to work as producers, studio engineers, live sound engineers, teachers, programmers and composers.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

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