Creative Arts with Music Production BA (Hons) Top-up

UCAS Code: 8H76

1 Year
2 days per week
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Foundation Degree Sound and Music Technology or FD/HND in a related subject area

Course Info

This course provides a programme of specialist learning, with a strong emphasis on developing mastery of advanced practical techniques alongside the implementation of higher level academic skills in a dedicated music technology environment.

It is designed as a top-up to the University Centre’s Foundation Degree in Creative Arts with Music Production and builds on the skills developed at Levels 4 and 5. It is also suitable for those completing a comparable Level 5 qualification elsewhere and practitioners who have relevant work experience but wish to strengthen their qualification profile and employability.

Although the focus of the programme is aimed at those who aspire to work in music production it has, over the years, produced many graduates who want to work in a teaching role of some kind. In the second semester, there is the option to elect either the Production route or the Teaching route, which allows aspiring teachers to gain experience of teaching in this specialist area. Many of our BA graduates who take this module, continue onto a PGCE in Lifelong Learning which you can also study at University Centre Calderdale College.

You will be expected to undertake higher level research within a specific area of interest, as well as developing a strong portfolio of practical work to showcase your studio and production skills.

Modules studied at level 6:

  • Production Portfolio
  • Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound and Music for Interactive Media
  • Professional Practice: Production -OR- Professional Practice: Teaching (shared module)
  • Final Major Project: Production -OR- Final Major Project: Teaching (shared module)

Important Links:

  • Click HERE for the programme specification
  • For a full list of the University Centre’s regulations and policies please click HERE
  • Click HERE for The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards


Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects, independent study and distance learning using a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Lecturer Profile

Course Leader: Jim Wheatley cut his teeth as a vinyl DJ, and now works hard pushing a live act based around innovative software instruments and hardware controllers, whilst still dedicating much of his time to his first musical passion as a mix engineer. He has experience in the areas of World Music, sound engineering, production, mixing and music theory, having taught each of these disciplines for several years. Before starting teaching he worked for almost ten years in the creative industries, producing podcasts for an award-winning counter-culture magazine and producing music and sound design for a Nottingham-based production company.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum of Pass in the Foundation Degree Creative Arts, or an equivalent level 5 award (comprising 240 credits of which 120 must be at level 5), such as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma in a closely related subject area. 

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview as part of the admissions process. A good level of English and Maths is expected, however passes in Level 2 or GCSE qualifications are not absolute requirements. Applicants may, at the discretion of the course team, be required to bring a portfolio of work to the selection interview. Applicants for the Performance Arts specialism will also be required to present a 3-minute monologue (contemporary or historical). 

Applications for RPL (RPEL or RPCL) will be considered where relevant experience or learning can be demonstrated, and the University Centre process has been satisfactorily completed. 

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