Taught course

Music Production

York St John University · School of Performance and Media Production

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MA Music Production programme will be considered on the basis of the whole portfolio of evidence provided for the application process. This will include examples of your existing production practice, evidence of critical engagement, reflective practice, and academic qualifications.

Normally, all candidates will be interviewed. As part of this process candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation, and to bring a portfolio of their work for consideration.
The criteria for the interview process (including the portfolio) are:
  • demonstration of preparedness for graduate level study and practice;
  • evidence of existing music production practice (professional or academic);
  • evidence of engagement with critical and reflective thinking
In addition to providing a robust and fair consideration of applications, this process will provide candidates with the opportunity to find out more about the programme.
You will be expected to attend for interview in person, though reasonable exceptions will be made, for example, in the case of overseas candidates where telephone or Skype™ interviews may be appropriate.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore, broaden and challenge your music production skills, developing a sound understanding of practice-based research in music production.
You will be taught and guided by our expert staff, who have professional profiles within the industry, as you explore the theories and concepts that surround practice-based research in music production.

The programme will provide you with reflective and research strategies through which you will develop your portfolio as innovators in the field of music production.

Key features of the programme are the provision of:

  • opportunities to explore the interrelationships between knowledge and practice
  • opportunities to place your own music production practice within business, entrepreneurial and critical frameworks
  • opportunities to produce music products, especially in relation to other disciplines and collaboratively with other art forms
  • the opportunity to specialise in an area of study of particular interest to your own practice, with the choice of a practical or written submission
  • opportunities to engage with the contemporary music industry as ‘Thinking Innovators’, capable of shaping its possible futures.

Information for international students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa & Immigration webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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