Studying Music, Performance and Production will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to launch your career in the music industry.
Find your individual artistic voice and develop your creative skills in live performance, composition and music production.
Our innovative undergraduate music programmes specifically meet the needs of those pursuing careers in the music industry. They combine rigorous academic study, technical instruction, creative outputs and professional opportunities.
Studying Music Performance and Production, you’ll learn how to write and perform music in a range of styles using industry-standard technology. Your critical skills are enhanced through the study of musical conventions and how these are used in contemporary and commercial forms of music. You also benefit from one-to-one tuition in Stages 1 and 2, with an additional opportunity in Stage 3, dependent on performance.
It is possible to take this degree with a year in industry, to gain experience working in a professional environment. We offer support and advice to help you find a placement either in the music industry or other sectors such as charities and arts organisations. There is also the option to broaden your horizons by studying the degree with a year abroad.
"I've become really multi-skilled because I studied music business, music technology, music performance, music psychology, music journalism – all different kinds of things."
- Caitlin Fox, graduate and Music teacher
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
BBC including Music or Music Technology at B
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM in a music subject.
30 points overall or 15 points at Higher Level, including Music at HL 5 or SL 6.
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average. Applicants need to have a background in music, which can be technical or artistic (voice or instrument). Applicants will need to submit a portfolio – a music video or program – to the Music Admissions Officer.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
All applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio as part of your application. This should contain at least three examples of your musical work. For further information please visit: School of Arts portfolio guidance.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 3 years full-time (4 years with a year abroad/in industry), 6 years part-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.
Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.Search scholarships
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
Our staff bring with them a broad range of experience, from our expert academic staff to our highly qualified technicians and practising professionals. Together they support, develop, challenge and inspire you throughout your studies.
We use a variety of teaching methods including practical and technical workshops, performance platforms, seminars, lectures and group projects.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Music at Kent was ranked 4th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.
Career opportunities for music graduates include many aspects of the creative industries, such as:
It is also possible to pursue careers in areas including:
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
Find out more about how to apply
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