3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB/ABB (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£17,120 per year (2019/20)
Capturing music to a professional standard requires a combination of technical and musical expertise. A successful career in music production demands practical, engineering and scientific knowledge of the recording process, as well as a deep understanding of music creativity, practice, and entrepreneurship.
Our degree covers a range of production technologies and techniques aligned to a wide variety of music including popular, rock, electronic, classical, contemporary, and non-western music. You will study audio engineering and music technology subjects, gain practical recording experience, and engage with music theory and practice.
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The Trevor Jones Studio is centred around a brand new SSL Duality console, which offers high quality analogue signal paths and processing as well as integrated control of digital editing and recording systems. The studio patch bay is integrated with a wide range of bespoke analogue and digital hardware including Bricasti reverberation, TC Electronic reverberation and mastering, 1176 and LA-2A compression, API buss mastering and vintage Neve EQ.
The Department of Music hosts outstanding facilities including a 350-seat concert hall, one of the finest purpose-designed listening spaces for reproduced sound in the country and four recording studios.
The BA Music and Sound Recording course acknowledges that music and production are no longer separate activities. At its heart is a contemporary view of music production and associated audio professions that recognises the dramatic and ongoing changes in the recording and media industries in recent years. You'll have an opportunity to create an individual set of intellectual, technical and creative skills from a core programme of artistic and technical development.
You can specialise across a wide range of music activities (including performance and composition) and studio-based arts. We provide a skill set which highlights enterprise, enabling you to take creative, design and managerial roles in projects that will prepare you for a career in the music and audio industries. To this end, the course addresses a wide array of contemporary contexts for music production: from pop studio practice, to classical recording of ensembles and instrumentalists.
You'll also engage with extensive practical and theoretical coverage of new systems and philosophies for sound and music creation and performance. This is combined with an evidence-based approach to audio principles and studio technique, drawing on relevant engineering practice and scientific knowledge. This will enable next-generation tools to be designed, developed and used.
You will benefit from modules in creative entrepreneurship, developing individual work and research under close supervision by staff with significant industrial and creative experience. These modules will allow you to reflect critically and help you respond to the demands of the professional environment.
You'll have the opportunity to study abroad for one or two terms as part of the ERASMUS Scheme. We currently partner with institutions in Finland and France.
There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:
You'll take 120 credits in Year 1.
You'll take five core modules:
You'll choose one option module (20 credits) from the selection available to BA Music students. Rather than being split by year, students from all years of the degree are taught together, giving you invaluable opportunities to meet and learn from other students on the course. Options may include:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You'll take 120 credits in Year 2.
You'll take four core modules:
You'll choose two more option modules (20 credits each) from the selection available to BA Music students. You'll be able to choose from the same options as in your first year - please note that there may be variation in the modules available each year.
You'll take your final 120 credits in Year Three.
You'll take three core taught modules:
You'll also complete an independent project, in which you will develop a substantial piece of creative, technical or scholarly work which will be presented to professional standards.
You'll choose one module from the selection available to BA Music students.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
From choral to orchestral, jazz and folk to improvised electronica, gospel to gamelan, almost every kind of music is performed by the Department’s many ensembles, and all Music students are required to join at least one of these.
We're in the top 15 in the Complete University Guide 2020 and the Guardian University Guide 2020
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
You will be expected to pay for the maintenance of your instruments, equipment and sheet music. You will also need appropriate concert attire throughout your studies.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
We offer some funding for undergraduate students. See our bursaries for instrumental and vocal studies.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Our modules are taught in small groups (typically 15-22 students). Much of the course content is developed alongside ongoing staff research so what you learn keeps pace with the constant changes in music culture and technology.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||324 hours||300 hours||252 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of Music on Campus West. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the department.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
We want to discover what you can create in response to our teaching; the majority of your assessment will be through portfolios, the exact contents of which you will choose yourself with guidance from the module tutor. A folio might consist of a music production, or a recording with an essay, or an essay by itself; it may include composition, or arrangement, or a sound installation; it may be a performance; or it might be a new software application.
The flexibility this offers is a unique aspect of the York Music and Sound Recording degree and is an approach which challenges you to take what you have been taught and extend it into new, exciting areas.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The majority of York students go on to graduate-level jobs in music and related professions. These include broadcast and media, professional performance, arts management, teaching and community education. Others undertake further study for an MA, PhD, conservatoire programme, or a PGCE.
Our students go on to build successful careers in music, as well as in fields such as law, finance and management. Recent graduates from the Music department have taken up careers in the following areas:
The creativity, professionalism, and critical thinking that you develop in this degree sets you up for a wide variety of careers, both within the field and beyond. Our students graduate with well-developed skills in the following areas:
AAB/ABB (including A level in Music Technology or Music at grade A).
In place of A level Music Technology or Music at Grade A, we will accept ABRSM Grade 5 Theory and Grade 7 Performance, or equivalent.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDD/DDM|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2 / D3, M2, M2|
|International Baccalaureate||Diploma with 35-34 points including Higher Level 6 in Music|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AB at Advanced Highers including A in Music, plus AAAAB/AAABB in Highers|
We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken into consideration when you receive your results.
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units
PTE Academic: 61 overall with 51 in all parts
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): Grade C
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
All applications must be made through UCAS. Following your application you may be called to an interview and audition. On the day you visit York, there will be a chance to talk to current students and see the department in action. For general information about the application process, visit the UCAS site.
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