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Bath Spa University

Bath , England ,United Kingdom

M.A.- Sound Production

Overview 

The MA Sound (Production) programme is tailored towards individuals who are keen to hone their composition and production skills inside an intertextual and cross-disciplinary framework that pushes at the stylistic boundaries of genre.

The programme encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative working methods with students from the wider music community at Bath Spa, as well as visual media and other departments within the University.

While the programme has a music production focus, it also covers key areas of practice such as:

  • Sound design
  • Electronic music composition
  • Soundscape and field recording
  • Traditional studio practices
  • Sound engineering
  • Spatial audio and sound design
  • Composition for visual media.

You won’t be expected to cover all of these areas. You’ll be able to use the course to develop an individually-tailored portfolio of skills, experience, and top-level work across them.

The course is part of a suite of courses available across Music and Sound, operating alongside "sister" pathways in Sound (Design) and Sound (Arts), which allow further specialism in these areas.

Course Structure 

Trimester one

Gain the skills you’ll need to fulfil the rest of the course.

The Skills Portfolio module is built on the idea that you’ll already have technical skills in this area, but that students entering the course have differing skillsets, depending on background. It therefore allows you to choose a handful of skills projects from a large number of options – these cover skills right across the Sound (Production), Sound (Design) and Sound (Arts) pathways and include (optional) elements of multimedia.

The Research Methodology and Context module develops skills in postgraduate-level research and writing. It is designed to give you the tools for an onward journey in academia, but not to be, in the colloquial sense, "academic". It encourages your research to be around the practical and creative elements core to your practice and therefore to feed your creative work.

Trimester two

You’ll advance the knowledge gained in the the first trimester and begin exploring the intertextual possibilities of music composition. In addition, you’ll develop a creative project that will further extend the work undertaken on the trimester one Skills Portfolio module.

The Intertextuality In Sound Production module aims to capture and contextualise emerging trends and innovation at the forefront of sound production and composition, and develop composition skills that extend beyond the limits of genre. You’ll produce practical outputs exploring a range of influences from a rich milieu of sound-related practices. The ultimate goal of the module is the creation of new music that explores the continuum between contemporary electronic music and more avant-garde musical forms.

Alongside the Sound (Production) modules, there are additional optional modules that you can study from the other pathways. From the Sound (Arts) pathway, the Visual Music module explores the idea that musical thinking can be extended to the visual, and encourages students to develop multimedia projects that explore this idea. Sonic Architecture centres around the construction and organisation of sound, and focuses on the tensions that may be explored and exploited in both the spatial and temporal domains.

From the Sound (Design) pathway, the Post Production module explores an industry-level workflow for audio post production for picture. There are also choices in composition, performance, musicology and professional practice.

Trimester three

Trimester three represents the culmination of the course in an independent research project. While most Master's level courses consist of a substantial written dissertation component, the MA Sound (Production) programme focuses more on high-level practical work and the concept of "practice as research" through the creation of a large-scale practical project.

The project will fulfil the same function as the traditional dissertation; you’ll develop individual and original research, but through the creation of a portfolio of works, rather than through the written word. You’ll develop a body of practical work which will serve as a substantial portfolio for the next stage in your career.

Campus Information

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Intakes

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We’ve got lots to share with you and to help we have split our work into three elements which will support you with:

  • Exploring your options
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Progressing your ideas and career plans

At Bath Spa we believe you are continually exploring your options and experiencing different pathways to progression, but that this journey is not linear. It keeps on going throughout your time with us and when you leave. Some of our services cross all three areas and allow you to explore, experience and progress all in one, such as The Bath Spa Award.

We encourage you to read resources and attend events across all stages of Explore, Experience and Progress as they will offer beneficial insight and development opportunities regardless of the current stage you are at in your career journey.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Normally a Second Class honours degree.

Postgraduate

Normally a Bachelor's degree with honours and a good passing grade from an internationally recognised university or Higher Education institution
Other international qualifications to an equivalent standard will also be considered.

IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0

This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Our postgraduate courses have differing requirements depending on the course.  For specific information please see the course webpage.

For courses requiring IELTS 6.5, the PTE required score is 58 overall with at least 51 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

For courses requiring IELTS 7.0, the PTE required score is 67 overall with at least 62 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We accept the LanguageCert International ESOL with an overall B2 Communicator Pass or High Pass (depending on the course)

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15070 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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