City College Plymouth

FdA Audio and Music Production

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CITY1012 Contextual Studies

      This module will provide an accessible introduction to the theoretical and contextual framework that exists in high and popular culture. By studying professional, theoretical and practical works the learner will be able to frame their own practice in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts.

    • CITY1013 Critical Listening

      This module aims to develop the learner's level of hearing acuity necessary to function successfully as a producer or engineer in an industry that relies increasingly upon non-traditional approaches to the generation, manipulation and propagation of music and sound.

    • CITY1014 Principles of Sound

      The purpose of this module is to provide a working knowledge of the principles of sound, particularly in those areas related to audio production. Students will study of the physical properties of sound and the acoustic properties of instruments.

    • CITY1016 Audio Recording Techniques

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the processes and techniques of audio recording by examining the possibilities offered by traditional and emerging technologies in the production of sound.

    • CITY1017 Creative Music Production

      The aim of this module is to analyse the procedures, equipment and techniques involved in the production of music in the multi-track recording studio. Through appraisal and practice, a range of techniques will be developed, both musical and technical, for the production of recordings to a designated quality.

    • CITY1034B Professional Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CITY2009 Research Skills

      This module enables students to identify a range of different research methods, processes and considerations which are central in conducting a research project in their academic or professional discipline.

    • CITY2010 Acoustics and the Recording Environment

      This module consolidates knowledge of the physics of sound and applies this qualitatively and quantitatively to environments where music is performed, recorded and configured.

    • CITY2011 Analogue Recording Methods

      This module will allow the student to appraise, develop and practice a range of techniques in analogue recording equipment in order to capture sound recording to a defined quality.

    • CITY2012 Sampling and Sound Synthesis

      The aim of this module is to develop skills in sound synthesis and sampling audio. Through the use of computer based and hardware synthesizers and samplers students will explore different techniques of applying these skills to sound production.

    • CITY2013 Mastering

      This module explores ideas and techniques in the mastering of audio. Students will develop skills in audio mastering by evaluating professional recordings, investigating various audio mastering techniques and applying these to their own recordings.

    • CITY2014 Audio and Music Production

      This module allows the learner to assimilate accepted and innovative production techniques into their own personal approach to audio production. It involves detailed analysis of previous production practice and technology and encourages a focused study of approaches appropriate to their own musical direction.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

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