The aim of the programme is to train and support creative individuals who aspire to a career that utilises their creative skills. The course facilitates development of a range of skills vital to becoming an independent professional including: composition for film, TV and computer games, studio production and engineering, mixing, remixing and mastering, DAW production, video editing and processing, industry practice and protection of intellectual property. The course is fast-paced and heavily practical, encouraging students to explore their individual artistic interests in order to develop as practitioners. The course is ideal for those with a passion for creating music and a desire for a career in the creative industries.

Each year of the programme has a unique focus in providing students with the techniques, knowledge, and methods in order to become a professional creative. The first year is the ‘skill’ year where a foundation of skills, techniques, knowledge and methods will be introduced. The second year is the ‘practice’ year where the skills, techniques, knowledge, and methods will be utilised in music composition/production/performance. The third year is the ‘professional’ year where students are provided with opportunities to develop their artistic intentions and present themselves to the industry as professional practitioners.

Fielden Campus
Full Time
3 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
The teaching team are industry professionals with backgrounds in wide ranging industry roles such as original artist, composer, record label owner, musician and music producer. All of the teaching team are qualified education professionals with considerable teaching experience in their field.

• Dave Fortune - DJ, Producer & Record company owner - My First Moth Records
• Phil Moody - Over 20 years’ experience in the music industry and music education – Independent music producer, engineer and musician.
• Joe Ward – Professional musician and producer with many years’ experience in the creative industries.

• English at grade C/level 4 or above

• 80 UCAS points
All applicants will have an interview with a member of the teaching team in which they will be expected to demonstrate examples of their creative work.

Due to the creative nature of this course, alternative entry routes are possible; a proven track record in the area and an interview (including short skills tests) may result in places being offered even without the previously mentioned qualifications.

Year 1: Composers & Composition (20 credits)

Year 1: Creative Workstation (20 credits)

Year 1: Essential Music Skills (20 credits)

Year 1: Introduction to Studio Production (20 credits)

Year 1: Mix, Remix & Master (20 credits)

Year 1: Professional & Academic Development (20 credits)
Rooksby, R. (2007) Arranging Songs: How to Put the Parts Together. New York: Backbeat Books
Hewitt, M. (2009) Composition for Computer Musicians Cambridge: Course Technology
Langford, S (2011) The Remix Manual Oxford: Focal Press
Waugh, I (2000) Quick Guide To Dance Music Salt Lake City: PC Publishing
White, P (2000) Basic Digital Recording London: Faber Paperbacks
Huber, D. (2009). Modern Recording Techniques (7th ed.) Focal Press
Massey, H (2000) Behind the Glass: Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits: Miller Freeman
Wilson, L. (2004) Making It in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers New York: Allworth Press
Cann, S. (2007). How to Make a Noise: A Comprehensive Guide to Synthesizer Programming. Coombe Hill Publishing
Cipriani, A. Giri, M. (2010). Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max/MSP - Volume 1. Contemponet Publishing
Farnell, A. (2010). Designing Sound. MIT Press
Sweet, M (2014) Writing Interactive Music for Video Games: A Composer's Guide. Addison Wesley
Farquharson, M. (2007) Writer, Producer, Engineer: A Handbook for Creating Contemporary Commercial Music. Boston: Berklee Press
Level 4
30% practical
35%, portfolios
15% presentation
20% academic

Level 5
45% practical
30%, portfolios
10% presentation
15% academic

Level 6
20% practical
45%, portfolios
15% presentation
20% academic
Creative Music Professions is designed to facilitate graduate progression into the creative industries. This will predominantly be as a freelance, independent professional but will also offer realistic opportunities to apply for roles at larger media production companies.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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