Term 1: Foundation (60 credits)
Contemporary Production Techniques
The Contemporary Production Techniques discipline is designed to provide you with the necessary skills to be able to manage, execute and deliver the practical production aspects of the course. You will learn the essential tools and techniques associated within modern production environments, exploring the approaches typically deployed within pre-production and recording environments during the creative production process.
Study of relevant tools within the software landscape (i.e. Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton and other emerging DAW technologies), alongside recording techniques and microphone deployment plays a large part of this module. Activities will be conducted within relevant onsite Mac Suites and professional recording facilities at Tileyard Education.
Composing and Arranging
The Composing & Arranging discipline focuses on the use and application of musical concepts and techniques. Designed to embed music composition skills for technical professionals from the production idiom, the study includes critical analysis of commercial composition techniques, case studies, genres and the practical evaluation of your own original works.
Alongside this, you will begin to examine the theoretical framework of composition and explore its relationship to practice, including; chords, melody, harmony, countermelodies, musical hooks, harmonic and melodic rhythm and other rhythmic structures and arranging. Relevant software notation tools will be regularly utilised during the study.
The Music Industry: Landscape
The module focuses on the interconnected and collaborative stakeholders and activities undertaken in the production, distribution and marketing of commercially released music. It begins with a mapping and critical evaluation of label, publisher and creative artist management in its historical context along with an analysis of how that landscape is evolving and adapting to competitive dynamics.
The module continues with an audit of those key creative management entities, roles functions, budget and timeline variables. It also details all of the music and entertainment industry legal and contractual points covering recording, publishing, management, live, digital, synchronisation and brand licensing, new tools, techniques and case studies in the physical and digital worlds.
Cases studies used will be based in the UK and the wider international music scene, and will include both major labels and independents.
Students have an opportunity to work in groups to formulate and execute a professional commercial strategy and content for an independent music artist of your choosing, competing to win a small promotional budget supplied by Tileyard. Groups present analysis and feedback to invited guest speakers, tutors and contemporaries.
Term 2: Development (60 credits)
Mixing Techniques and Sound Design
You will continue to extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial music production through the study of Mixing Techniques & Sound Design.
This discipline explores the attributes and protocols associated with the application and deployment of mixing, synthesis, sampling and sound design techniques within the hardware and software landscape. Activities will be conducted within relevant onsite Mac Suites and professional recording facilities at Tileyard Education.
Creative Media Technology
The Creative Media Technology discipline delivers study of the burgeoning maker and hacker landscape. Analysis of instrument creation, physical computing, micro controllers and creative coding for musical professionals is undertaken, alongside study of new ways of manufacture, crowdfunding, batch production and real world applications.
Writing to Brief
You will extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial composition through the study of writing to a commercial brief. This discipline explores the nature of, and routes to, delivering commercial briefs from record labels, music publishers, film and TV productions, advertising agencies, games developers, corporate audio branding, multi-media convergence events and large scale government or local authority projects.
The Music Industry: Marketing
A conclusion of The Music Industry discipline, Marketing provides a critical evaluation and analysis of the principals and practices of marketing, both physical and digital, with specific reference to entertainment, youth, media and campaign driven marketing case studies.
Term 3: Creation (60 credits)
Creative Production Project
This module is the culmination of your Masters level studies and an opportunity for you to plan, research and ultimately create a major creative production project, which you will formally present to a panel of industry experts curated by Tileyard Music.
The nature and scope of the project you undertake are entirely at your discretion and is an opportunity for you to combine theory and practice into a single portfolio of work.
Throughout the module, you will enhance your skills as both a researcher and music producer practitioner, through the design of a body of work that is based on a sound theoretical framework and linked to your main areas of production interests.