JAMES | University of Northampton


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BA (Hons) Music Production
BA (Hons) Popular Music
BA (Hons) Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production

BA (Hons) Popular Music
The BA in Popular Music at the University of Northampton is an exciting and multidisciplinary course that is designed to give students the necessary knowledge, competences and skills to become a self-producing artist, and music professional. This is a course that is challenging, fun and exciting in equal measure, both for the students and for us. We focus on equipping the students with a breadth of fundamental skill sets across these disciplines:

◼︎ Performing, instrumental skills, music theory, and composing
◼︎ Live recording and studio practice, music production, mixing and critical listening
◼︎ Reasoning, debating, researching & writing

The third of the above is possibly the most important, because it allows students to understand why they do the other two. Sometimes students may be challenged with music, techniques or approaches that seem unfamiliar or outside of their comfort zones… but remember, that’s one of the reasons they choose to come to university to study.
Of Sound Mind Exhibition - Interview with Senior Music Lecturer Mark Thursby and music students Ben Wyatt and Kai Downer by Learning Technologist Belinda Green.
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The music team are proud to have secured this recognition of excellence from the JAMES community – the industry seal of approval. The insight offered is second to none, and our students on the BA (Hons) in Music Production are already benefitting from their network of professionals and the industry opportunities provided.
Mark Thursby, Programme Leader
The faculty encourages collaboration across disciplines, for example creating sound design for games and media, or providing a house band for drama performances. We also enjoy a thriving music community across Northampton, and there are lots of opportunities to perform in venues and festivals. See our Instagram @uon_music for more details.
BA (Hons) Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production
Our course is designed to offer students a choice of career paths. Students start by studying a broad range of media in their first year, before specialising in their desired area of interest over the final two years, which will involve learning how to critically analyse their own work. Although there is a practical emphasis for our course, students will also learn critical analysis of contemporary theories and approaches to media forms, audiences and industries.

Our course covers hands-on production modules, including:
* Short film Production
* TV studio broadcasting
* Documentary film-making
* Creative video production.

Students will develop production skills in scriptwriting, editing, directing, camerawork and sound.

Our course is designed to enable students to play a full role in the modern digital media world through the experience they will gain and the portfolio of work they will produce. Our course develops independent and informed creative professionals and in the final year, students can elect to set up as freelance creative, social enterprise or company through our 'Working in the Creative Industries' module, which aims to equip them for direct employment upon graduation. Students will also have an opportunity to produce work for clients, undertake work experience, produce a major media project or develop a script for potential funding.
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It is a great achievement to get accreditation from JAMES, it means our course has been approved by a sector specific professional body and that what we teach is meaningful and relevant. We will continue to build on this success and value the input, guidance and support from JAMES.
Nathan Dodzo, Programme Leader
BA (Hons) Music Production
Our BA Music Production is intended to prepare you for a growing, and ever-evolving industry which contributed £1.26 billion to the economy in 2021. The course is specifically designed to ready you for a range of potential avenues of music creation, for example working in the video game industry or in the world of live music, or working as an educator. We aim to provide you with the broad range of transferrable skills required to be a self-producing Artist. You will develop a breadth of skills within the digital domain, the studio environment, and – perhaps most importantly – academically.
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