Studio Composition and Production (W3079)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in the Studio Recording module, but the focus here is on composition and music production in modern recording studios. The module will introduce techniques used in typical digital audio workstation software, such as ProTools, Ableton Live and Logic, as applied in musical composition that includes composition for film. The workflow using software with open architecture digital mixers is introduced and practiced. Virtual instruments, sound effects, outboard effects and mastering tools will be used to gain high quality and professional sound in the recordings. 

In this module you will do weekly exercises in diverse techniques of music production and make a creative project where you put the learned skills into practice.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: