Strong industry links and opportunities to gain extensive practical experience are core features of this course in the exciting and creative fields of sound and music production.
This degree offers the opportunity to learn a variety of practical skills in areas including sound design for film, TV, animation, and games; radio production; and music production. Underpinned by critical studies and research, and with an emphasis on collaboration and hands-on experience, the course aims to nurture experimentation and creativity.
Teaching staff on this course include industry professionals in music production, film and TV, radio, animation, games and experimental sound, and students can also benefit from a range of masterclasses and talks by visiting speakers, and the School’s established links with industry, including the BBC.
During their studies, students may have the chance to work on paid commissions from external clients in order to develop their own CVs and portfolios.
How You Study
In this course, students can develop their knowledge, theory, and practice of sound and music production. This culminates in their own independent projects (two advanced pieces of client-based practice work), along with an extended piece of academic work in the form of a dissertation.
Modules on the course can include Sound for Visual Media; Location Sound Recording; Music Production; Key Concepts in Sound; Electronic Music Production; Sound Branding; Audio Post Production; Radio and Podcasts; and Music Mixing and Mastering.
For students who are interested in studying abroad, there is the option to take part in an exchange programme in the USA. Please note that fees for the placement are included but travel, accommodation, and general living costs are the responsibility of the student. See our website for more information.
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Methods of Assessment
The way in which you will be assessed will depend on your chosen course. It may include coursework, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work, or presentations. A full breakdown of current assessment methods can be found on the individual course pages of this website. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Electronic Music Production (Core)
Key Concepts in Sound (Core)
Multitrack Recording (Core)
Practices of Recording (Core)
Principles of Audio (Core)
Radio and Podcasts (Core)
Sound for Visual Media (Core)
Understanding The Creative Industries (Core)
Auditory Culture (Core)
Practices of Listening (Core)
Research Methods and Practice (Core)
Sound Branding (Core)
Audio Post Production (Option)†
Creative Sound Design (Option)†
Location Sound (Option)†
Music Mixing and Mastering (Option)†
Music Production (Option)†
Sound-Craft and Radio Studio Production (Option)†
Creative Enterprise (Core)
Project 1 (Core)
Project 2 (Core)
Sound and Music Production Independent Study (Core)
Community Education & Mentoring (Option)†
Creative Industries Case Study (Option)†
How You Are Assessed
Assessment on this course is by a range of practical production projects both individually and within groups and includes presentations and essays, reports, and case studies. The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module.
The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
Project costs can vary depending on the nature of the practical work chosen by the student. Students are asked to consider costs when proposing a project. There are funds currently available within the School to students at all levels to provide support with such projects.
Please refer to the Placements tab for further information on costs associated with exchange programmes.
Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking work experience or internships.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
Students on this course have access to a range of specialist equipment, including two multi-channel recording studios for music and drama production; two dubbing theatres for audio post-production for film, TV, games, and animation; three radio production studios; Siren Radio, the on a campus-community radio station; Brayford Radio, the online student radio station; music rehearsal rooms; and several audio edit suites with an extensive range of editing and audio processing software. A high-end mobile kit is available for sound and field recording on location.
All Sound and Music Production students can currently use Pro Tools software and have access to Ableton Live Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Audition, for the duration of their studies. View our facilities.
"What I enjoyed the most was learning both theoretical concepts and professional practices. Each assignment allowed a personal approach where I collaborated creatively with students on other courses and outside the University, which helped with developing professional relationships."
Helena Spychala, BA (Hons), Sound and Music Production graduate
This course aims to equip graduates for a wide range of roles in music production, radio, film, and TV, games, animation, mobile and web applications, audio engineering, and audio event management.
Lincoln graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, Channel 4, The Church Studios, Fonic audio post-production, Sweet Justice Game Audio, and Sky.