MA Commercial Music Producer
The MA Commercial Music Producer, validated by University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a one year, full time practical and industry-focused MA for the technically proficient, aspiring or established commercial producer.
Taught on site at Tileyard Education by professional writer-producers, engineers and industry executives, as well as on-site at validating partner UWTSD Oval Campus for Marketing and Academic Research, the MA Commercial Music Producer is a unique opportunity to harness the latest technical and creative production skills whilst learning from and collaborating with the extensive professional network based at Tileyard Studios, the largest commercial music community in Europe.
Producers and technical companies located at Tileyard Studios include Martyn Ware, Goetz Botzenhardt, Nikolaj Bjerre, Jon Kelly, Sean Hargreaves, Phelan Kane, Dov Waterman, Olly Goodman, Paul Whalley, Tom Fuller, Drew Masters, YK Koi, Lorenzo Cosi, Spitfire Audio, Focusrite, PLATOON, Breaking Fourth, The Script, The Narrative and many more.
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Course Length: 12 months (full-time)
Start Date: September 2018
A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution
Mature students with at least 3 years industry experience are also welcome to apply.
Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview.
Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Currently, this course is open to UK and EU students, and any international students not on Tier 4 visas.
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The Contemporary Production Techniques discipline is designed to provide you with the necessary skills to be able to manage, execute and deliver the practical production aspects of the course. You will learn the essential tools and techniques associated within modern production environments, exploring the approaches typically deployed within pre-production and recording environments during the creative production process.
Study of relevant tools within the software landscape (i.e. Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton and other emerging DAW technologies), alongside recording techniques and microphone deployment plays a large part of this module. Activities will be conducted within relevant onsite Mac Suites and professional recording facilities at Tileyard Education.
The Composing & Arranging discipline focuses on the use and application of musical concepts and techniques. Designed to embed music composition skills for technical professionals from the production idiom, the study includes critical analysis of commercial composition techniques, case studies, genres and the practical evaluation of your own original works.
Alongside this, you will begin to examine the theoretical framework of composition and explore its relationship to practice, including; chords, melody, harmony, countermelodies, musical hooks, harmonic and melodic rhythm and other rhythmic structures and arranging. Relevant software notation tools will be regularly utilised during the study.
The module focuses on the interconnected and collaborative stakeholders and activities undertaken in the production, distribution and marketing of commercially released music. It begins with a mapping and critical evaluation of label, publisher and creative artist management in its historical context along with an analysis of how that landscape is evolving and adapting to competitive dynamics. The module continues with an audit of those key creative management entities, roles functions, budget and timeline variables. It also details all of the music and entertainment industry legal and contractual points covering recording, publishing, management, live, digital, synchronisation and brand licensing, new tools, techniques and case studies in the physical and digital worlds. Cases studies used will be based in the UK and the wider international music scene, and will include both major labels and independents.
Students have an opportunity to work in groups to formulate and execute a professional commercial strategy and content for an independent music artist of your choosing, competing to win a small promotional budget supplied by Tileyard. Groups present analysis and feedback to invited guest speakers, tutors and contemporaries.
You will continue to extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial music production through the study of Mixing Techniques & Sound Design. This discipline explores the attributes and protocols associate with the application and deployment of mixing, synthesis, sampling and sound design techniques within the hardware and software landscape. Activities will be conducted within relevant onsite Mac Suites and professional recording facilities at Tileyard Education.
The Creative Media Technology discipline delivers study of the burgeoning maker and hacker landscape. Analysis of instrument creation, physical computing, micro controllers and creative coding for musical professionals is undertaken, alongside study of new ways of manufacture, crowdfunding, batch production and real world applications.
You will extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial composition through the study of writing to commercial brief. This discipline explores the nature of, and routes to, delivering commercial briefs from record labels, music publishers, film and TV productions, advertising agencies, games developers, corporate audio branding, multi-media convergence events and large scale government or local authority projects.
A conclusion of The Music Industry discipline, Marketing provides a critical evaluation and analysis of the principals and practices of marketing, both physical and digital, with specific reference to entertainment, youth, media and campaign driven marketing case studies.
This module is the culmination of your Masters level studies and an opportunity for you to plan, research and ultimately create a major creative production project, which you will formally present to a panel of industry experts curated by Tileyard Music. The nature and scope of the project you undertake is entirely at your discretion and is an opportunity for you to combine theory and practice into a single portfolio of work. Throughout the module you will enhance your skills as both a researcher and music producer practitioner, through the design of a body of work that is based on a sound theoretical framework and linked to your main areas of production interests.
The module is supported by an initial series of classes in academic research methods, critical and reflective analysis and project management techniques. You will also be allocated an industry mentor for the duration of the module who will help guide the development of your work. Meetings with your mentor will take place through a balance of monthly Skype and face to face meetings.