BA (Hons) inContemporary Music, Performance and Production

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Music, Performance and Production course has been developed to include a number of interrelated, core themes of study. We believe these will enable graduates to be best prepared for work in a huge number of roles within the music industry and beyond and will help students to develop high academic standards.

Awarded by:

University of Derby

Course Content

This new course continues Loughborough College’s proud tradition of delivering higher education music programmes in a college environment. The course aims to create highly employable graduates, who enjoy exploring music in a multitude of ways, whilst being agile, creative thinkers who rise to challenges they are faced with.

Throughout the programme students will develop:

  • Artistic practice
  • The use of technology to aid and stimulate creativity
  • Contextual study
  • Proficiency in recording environments
  • Musicianship skills
  • Technology in performance
  • Professional practice
  • Academic experience
  • Business skills
  • Employability


Year 1:

  • DAWs and Sound Synthesis
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • Music and Culture
  • Music Composition
  • The Music Industry and Enterprise
  • Recording: The Science and Art

Year 2:

  • Composition and Record Production
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Innovative Performance Techniques and Technologies
  • Sound Design and Music Composition for Film and Television
  • Work Based Research and Practice

Year 3:

  • Commercial Recording Portfolio
  • Ensemble Performance 3
  • Music Innovation
  • Personal Project
  • Research Project


  • Access to state of the art, industry-standard studio equipment and rehearsal facilities
  • Performance opportunities throughout the duration of the course, including working in bands and with performance technologies
  • Industry-based work placement
  • Staff members who have a wealth of academic and industry experience, including session musicianship, record production, composition, record label management, live sound engineering and live event promotion
  • Guest lectures and trips

Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths and English language at grade C/4 and one of the following:

• 64 points at A2 or equivalent, (e.g BTEC Extended Diploma), preferably to include music, music technology or other music related subjects.
• Recent study of relevant Access/Foundation course, with audition.
• Applicants are invited to attend an audition and submit of a portfolio. The portfolio can take the form of web links to both composition and performance work. These are both diagnostic tools to help inform the application process.
• Applicants with appropriate life experience but without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on their individual merits, based on the interview and completed application.
• Alternatively, applicants may be able to gain entry to Level 4 or advanced entry to Level 5 based on the evidence of other qualifications or learning. In this case, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) or Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) may be possible.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice.

Assessment Methods

Progression Opportunities

Students completing this programme can enter into the music industry, armed with relevant skills and experience or chose to further their study at a higher level.

Course FAQs

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Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts


  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time



Course Duration:

3 Years

Programme Costs: (Per Year)

  • Full Time (FT):
  • UK / EU Residents: £7,750
  • Non EU: £7,750

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24RFK1111


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