Music Production and Creative Recording Foundation degree

UCAS Code: (W300)

Location: Eastbourne (Campus code E)

Study mode: Full-time

Duration: 2 Years

Qualification: FdA

This creative course offers everything the modern music producer needs.  Sussex Downs College is a nationally recognised Apple Authorised Training Centre and you will have access to cutting-edge music technology for sound engineering, programming and audio-visual production work.

Course structure

The course is practical and delivered by experienced lecturers and industry professionals dedicated to enhancing skills and creative potential.  You will have access to eight multi track recording studios and 13 workstations with industry standard hardware and software and a performance studio.  You can book one to-one sessions with studio technicians for maximum support.

Areas of study

You will study music production and technology, song writing, performance and the music industry. You will create professional recordings, produce audio-visual work, compose/write original material, develop your performance skills, understand the music business including ‘survival skills’ and produce your own tracks with support from industry professionals. You will work on professional equipment, gaining technical and creative experience in multitrack recording, sequencing and programming.

Career and progression opportunities

We have graduates employed by major record companies. Others have started their own ventures such as rehearsal studios and production companies or are working as freelance music producers, sound engineers and live promoters.  Graduates may also progress to the Music Production top-up degree.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff new system: 72 Points, from a minimum of one 12-unit or two 6-unit qualifications. Level 3 Key/Functional Skills will count towards the tariff score. General Studies excluded. We welcome applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience to apply. Individual offers may vary. For the first year of entry you will be assessed by interview/portfolio.

International Baccalaureate: Individual assessment

QAA-approved access course: Acceptable; subject-specific units

GCSE (minimum grade C): GCSE (minimum grade C): At least 3 subjects including English language and mathematics or a science

For Non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing


Assessment is based on course work. There is no formal examination.

This course is validated by the University of Brighton
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