In the first year of the programme, you undertake a range of modules including music composition, musicology, technology, sound and acoustics.
Studio recording and production modules feature throughout year 1 and year 2 of the programme, embedding an understanding of the nature of sound and production methodologies.
In year 2 and year 3 you can develop specialisms in musicology, live and interactive technologies, acoustics, creative composition and studio production in a variety of optional modules and projects.
Study modules Please note that the module list is indicative. As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.
The year 1 compulsory modules include:
Sound and Recording
Introduction to Popular Music
Introduction to Contemporary Composition
Optional modules include:
Sound for Picture
Notation and Harmony
The Film Industry
Years 2 and 3
The compulsory modules include:
Professional Practice (double)
Music Production and Mixing (double)
Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
One module out of:
Media Technology Project
And also 4 modules out of:
Popular Music in Society (double)
Electroacoustic Composition and Sonic Art (double)
Live Sound Systems
Composition for Visual Media
Interactive Music Performance Technology
Optional Modules include:
Creative Approaches to Electronic Music
Integrated Project – Live Event
Ensemble Performance (double)
Creative Approaches to Composition (double)
Acoustics and Recording Studio Design
Audio Signal Processing
Sound System Design and Optimisation
Optional modules serve each students’ areas of interest, for example if you want to concentrate on composition you would choose modules in Composition for Visual Media, Film Music, Electroacoustic Composition and Sonic Art, Creative Approaches to Composition, and Composition Portfolio. If you are more interested in live sound and music systems, you would choose modules in Live Sound Systems, Interactive Music Performance Technology, Acoustics and Recording Studio Design, Audio Signal Processing, and Sound System Design and Optimisation.
Work placements form an integral part of Creative Music Production at Oxford Brookes. Our Professional Practice module enables you to consider your studies in relation to work in the general area of music, media and events production. You are encouraged to work on a variety of live projects with community collaborators providing technical support for charity and cultural events, which have previously included the Oxford Jazz Festival, Oxford Folk Weekend, The International Gypsy Guitar Festival, Oxfam Oxjam Takeover, charity fundraiser concerts, and many others.
Through the work placement you gather experience in a field of your choice, such as
- Studio recording and production
- Voiceover recording and editing
- Audio Restoration
- Live sound system engineering
- Sound for film and TV
- Cinema sound
- Musical theatre engineering
- Live sound mixing
Work placements can sometimes lead to students being offered a job with that employer upon graduation.
Study abroad You can take the optional opportunity to study abroad for 1 semester. There are a select number of partner Universities that have similar courses of study in the second year of the programme which you could take on an optional semester long exchange. (Please note that this may incur additional costs for the overseas placement, including travel and accommodation).
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
All teaching generally takes place from week 1 to week 12 each semester, with usually no more than one module taking place each day.
We also encourage you to engage with music during the vacation, by doing work experience, or when you are preparing a major composition project or dissertation.
Music Performance and Sound Production Opportunities at Oxford Brookes
We have a varied portfolio of performance opportunities at Oxford Brookes and in any given year the amount of music-making is truly impressive; just one semester can include everything from a motet by Thomas Tallis to the musical Hair to Poulenc's Gloria, or from a barbershop quartet to a rock band. In 2013/2014 alone there were 57 concerts and gigs.
Our department puts on a choral and orchestral concert every semester, giving new students the chance to meet and perform with each other, as well as performing with second- and third-year students. We also put on a 'Big Night Out' at which student bands can display their talent. They also frequently perform on campus or across Oxford.
Many students interested in live sound production work within the Sound and Lighting Society to gain experience in technical production on these events, working with the other student music societies including a Jazz Band and the musical theatre societies Fortune Players and Fortune Singers. There is an auditioning chamber choir with an ambitious repertoire, as well as a classical orchestra which give opportunities for performance and also recording opportunities.
Lunchtime concerts are held weekly, providing a forum for soloists, small groups and bands, and opportunities to practice location recording. We've taken our music to a number of venues, including in recent years our Harcourt Hill Campus with its pretty New England-style chapel.
Music has been put on in the drama studio; bands (including staff members!) have played at the Bullingdon and the O2 Academy music venues. Concerts of chamber music, classical solo recitals, and electronic music are held at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and the Holywell Music Room, the oldest purpose-built concert venue in England, both of which have been used for live concert recordings.
All of these activities are open to all music students and we have converted much of this activity into various forms of academic credit: small-scale groups (eg chamber ensembles, vocal groups, rock bands) can take the advanced module Ensemble Performance after the first year, or present a solo performance under the Professional Practice module. Lunchtime concert and other location recording is a part of the music production modules and Live Event project module.