Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Creative Music Production BA (Hons) BA (Hons)
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 50 graduates of Creative Music Production BA (Hons) BA (Hons) at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
64 /100
50 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19497 £18360 £22141
25-75 percentile range £15979 - £24075 £13492 - £22848 £16777 - £27979

Course Description

The BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course is a thorough, well-rounded exploration of both the practical and theoretical aspects of music production, and has been specifically designed for those looking to launch a career as a professional creative music producer.

Across three years, our expert tutors – who are all successful music producers and musicians in their own right – will guide you through the exciting world of music production in studio, live and digital music making settings.

You’ll begin in our newly launched project studio – for dedicated use by first-year Creative Music Production students – where you’ll become familiar with industry-standard hardware in a modern studio set up, plus in-the-box (ITB) software and digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live. You’ll create your own an individual production style las you learn to record, mix and master your own creative music production compositions. In years 2 and 3, you’ll access ICMP’s larger state-of-the-art recording studios, getting to know a range of more advanced professional high-tech hardware and software.

Across each year of the course, you’ll learn to create, produce, launch and promote market-ready original music, while developing industry-relevant technical, music business, marketing and entrepreneurial skills, essential for today’s music producer.

Creatively, you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone as you regularly compose and produce to brief, explore new styles and genres, and collaborate with the wider ICMP community – made up of both fellow music production students, and vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players and songwriters also studying at ICMP.

You’ll cover basic music theory and develop the ability to analyse and critique music from an academic perspective, while providing constructive feedback to your classmates. All areas of contemporary music will be explored, as you look at different cultures and evaluate how the music of the past continues to influence us today.

There will be plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the music industry via a series of real-world music business events, guest lectures, masterclasses and more, so you’ll leave ICMP with a solid understanding of how the music industry works and exactly what you need to do to progress your career in music production.

One significant benefit of being an ICMP student is that you can book our cutting-edge facilities for personal use free of charge outside of class hours, seven days a week, meaning you’ll have ongoing access to the very best music production kit. This includes ribbon, modelling and valve microphones, synthesisers, drum machines, controllers and loop stations, vocal processors and effects pedals, instruments, PAs, mobile recording rigs, writing rooms, studios and more.

A highly personalised course, you can tailor your studies and practical assessments to suit your interests and future career goals. With an ongoing focus on real-world activities, Creative Music Production degree students also have the opportunity to fulfil the role of Assistant Engineer in recording sessions at ICMP’s in-house studios and other external studio spaces.

Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop an impressive professional network thanks to our extensive London music industry connections. Our dedicated music careers team will offer you a range of personalised opportunities and training, so you’ll graduate ‘career ready’ and eager to prove yourself as a talented and highly knowledgeable creative music producer.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Creative Music Production BA (Hons), BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Creative Music Production BA (Hons) BA (Hons) at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

60% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Sales occupations
10% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able t

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarsh

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Creative Music Production BA (Hons), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Creative Music Production BA (Hons) BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
International £13750 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

About Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is a specialist education provider for numerous subjects related to the world of music, located in the city of London, England. The ICMP began its existence as a place to teach guitar and bass exclusively, but has since evolved to include the education of vocals and drums, as well as the creative process of songwriting and music production in a studio setting.

Student composition of Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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