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Music: Performance and Production (BA)

The Music: Performance and Production programme has been designed to develop students' performance, technical, creative and professional skills necessary to thrive in the music industry.

Students develop their performance skills, through instrumental tuition and ensemble practice. This highly practical and creative programme enables students to specialise in performance, composition, analysis, recording, production and event management.


Pathway Options

Music: Performance and Production (BA) (1 year top up)
UCAS Code: 165F
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Music: Performance and Production (MArt)
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How to apply

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  All our course come under the institution code T80

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

5 reasons to study this course

  1. Instrumental and ensemble practice
  2. practice-based
  3. industry focused
  4. dedicated studios
  5. contemporary music studies

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What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme is designed for students highly proficient in one or more musical instruments. It provides them to the opportunity to develop their performance and production skills further and most importantly how to build a career in the music industry.

The Music: Performance and Production programme has been designed to provide its graduates with the performance, technical, creative and professional skills relevant to those wishing to work in the music industries. This programme is highly practical and creative with a multi-skilled approach to include performance, composition, analysis, recording, production and event management. The project-based nature of the programme allows students to tailor the assignments to suit their interests within the broad subject area of music.

Students learn to incorporate contemporary popular music techniques as well as world music traditions into their own practices. Music Theory and listening skills are embedded throughout the programme. Students develop their artistic abilities throughout the programme.

As the student progresses throughout the years they have more opportunities to tailor their assignments towards their own interests. In the third year, students undertake a major project, whereby they propose their own project and receive supervision to support them throughout.

Many students use this major project as an opportunity to launch their career. In the past, module students have founded record labels, organised concerts, produced albums and showreels. The project-based nature of the programme allows students to direct their own study and get support and tuition in their own musical interests.

Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the necessary technical skills (performance, composition, analysis, recording and production) and practical and theoretical skills (entrepreneurship, communication, presentation, conceptual-thinking and performance etiquette) to work in the music industry.


Level 6 Modules 

  • Major Project
  • Dissertation
  • Music Video Production

Optional Modules

  • Game Audio 3
  • Studio Composition 3
  • Networking & Self-Promotion
  • Music 3

At level 6 students get the opportunity to work independently on their Major Project. Throughout level 4 and 5 students will have worked in groups and independently. The Major Project allows students to initiate and develop their own project that they will sustain throughout the year, through Stage 1 and Stage 2. Students will receive seminar support on time management, project planning and presentation skills. They will primarily be taught through one-to-one tutorial supervision. This allows students the peer support and the specialised tuition on their individual project.

At this level students also undertake a Dissertation and choose between one of the following optional modules: Networking and Self-Promotion, Game Audio 3, Studio Composition 3and Music 3. In the final semester, students study Music Video Production, this allows them the opportunity to develop portfolio material which can be used to gain employment in the music industry. 



Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module.
The course work is varied and often dependent on the project that the student has chosen to undertake. Assignments typically include the production of a piece of work, or a performance, supported by a written report. Presentations are often used to provide the student with an opportunity to discuss their work.
Students receive instrumental tuition as well as ensemble tuition. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applicants are expected to have completed Level 5 qualifications such as:

  • HND Music 
  • FdA Music
  • First two years of a BA Music programme.

Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BA Music: Performance and Production programme may pursue employment as a:

  • Session Musician
  • Music Entertainment Promoter/Manager
  • Live or Studio Engineer
  • Music Agency Executive
  • Sound Designer
  • Composer, Songwriter and Arranger
  • Musical Director
  • Music Education Practitioner
  • Music Therapist
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Music Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Event Manager
  • Record Label Owner/Manager
Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.

However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing. 

Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course.  We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.  

A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first.  Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.

Student Quotes

"I graduated in July 2018. My success over the three years was the result of hard work, dedication and love for music. The support from the lecturers has been outstanding throughout this journey. The support I have received has been the backbone in my success, as I was always given the opportunity to express, experiment and explore with my creativity. By studying this course I discovered what I was talented at, and most importantly, I started a bold career in music that will help me continue this journey through 2019 and onwards. I now live and breathe music and I would highly recommend any aspiring musician to undertake this course to build their knowledge and career in music"

Kierran Tomkins, BA Music (Performance and Production) 2018 graduate.

"I loved doing the course because it not only allowed me to further myself in my instrument which was playing drums, it also opened my eyes to other avenues that I wasn’t even aware of, let alone considering.

Help and support from all the staff at the Uni along with hard work and dedication resulted in my qualifying with a 1st class honours degree. I would recommend this course and this University to anybody!"

Megan Jenkins, BA Music (Performance and Production) graduate 2018.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

Swansea College of Art at UWTSD offers two Academic awards:  

  • Swansea College of Art 1853 Scholarship
  • Cert HE Foundation Bursary

Information on these as well as University wide offers can be found here.

Study Abroad Opportunities

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.

Study Abroad 
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.

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In addition to our University Accommodation at Llys Glas, Swansea also benefits from a number of private student halls, all within a short walk, including:

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