The Arden School of Theatre

Music Production and Composition

BA (Hons)
Leaflet Code: CR60049FT


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.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • September 2024

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.
• Lloyd Ellenberg – Published composer and songwriter with compositions across mainstream TV and media

• 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.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

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)

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

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