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Popular Music Production

BA (Hons) (1 ANO)

Schedule / Workload: Full-time. 9 am to 1 pm + autonomous study.

Credits: Level 6 (180 credits)

Application Dates: May to September


In this Top Up Year provided by the School of Media Arts and Technology of Solent University Southampton, you will have the chance to develop your existing knowledge and expand your creative and technical skills.

A Top Up Year prepares the student to obtain an academic level (BA-Hons) and successfully overcome professional challenges by promoting a fruitful relationship with the community, businesses and institutions.

ETIC encourages talent, expertise and open-mindedness. The student develops creative thinking, so as to tighten opportunities and create possibilities for the actual and future practice contexts.


Perhaps it was the Music Industry that suffered the most with the digital revolution, where things changed more radically and where the roles of the main agents were rewritten. In order to pursue a professional career in the music Industry – as an artist or a producer, a manager or even a record label exec – the required skills come from a much wider scope of knowledge than ever before. In this Top Up year, you will have real-life professional situations, from assisting in recording studios to delivering material to match client briefings, hand in hand with learning how to manage artistic careers whilst going further into the journey of audio post-production. In addition, you will be asked to deliver an impassionate body of work on a specific subject in the music domain. By joining ventures with Solent University, at ETIC we welcome the application of all students that completed the 2 years of the HND diploma and feel compelled to go further. This is the place to be.


Miguel Angelo — ETIC Course Leader 

As an author, composer, singer, musician and producer, Miguel Angelo has developed a long career in Portugal, with more than 30 years of activity. Huge in the 90’s with the most successful and best-selling pop band in the country, Delfins – with whom he was for 25 years – he’s still recording and performing as a solo artist and with well-known collective Resistência.

João Gomes — ETIC Course Leader 

João Gomes is a musician, music producer, sound engineer and teacher. He spent the 90’s in London playing in bands and working in commercial studios. He’s worked with numerous bands and artists like LX-90, Delfins, Polo Norte, Mazgani, Rita Redshoes and JP Simões.

Paul Rutter — Solent University Southampton Link Tutor




What will you study
Major Project

This unit requires students to undertake a written or practical research project within the broad fields of popular music and sound. It may take a variety of forms (including a written dissertation, business or practical project), and is negotiated with support and feedback from unit tutors who will discuss and approve project proposals. Building up on students’

ETIC Unit Leader: Alexandre Cortez
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Dan Pennie

Advanced Music Production

This unit develops core production concepts from level 4 and 5 at an advanced level, and reflects the need for the contemporary producer to organise and oversee projects, as well as exhibit advanced listening and technical skills. Students will design, plan and execute a music or sound training product or service.

ETIC Unit Leader: Eduardo Vinhas
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Toni Diaz

Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship

This unit provides students with an opportunity to critically reflect and capitalize on their accrued skill-set on their course and in doing so, suggest appropriate career pathways post-graduation. The first part of this unit focuses on assessing the personal knowledge and professional skills required essential to employability in the music and entertainment associated industries and beyond. The second part of the unit addresses entrepreneurial and freelance business approaches, encouraging student autonomy both in and outside the creative arts economy.

ETIC Unit Leader: Rafaela Ribas
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Paul Rutter

Live Project Brief

This unit enables students to put music production and workplace skills into practice by following a brief set by a client. Drawing on and developing skills from previous units, students may achieve the outcomes of the unit in various ways. Clients can be sourced from inside or outside the university, and students will negotiate an appropriate brief with both client and tutor. A key emphasis of the unit is to give students confidence to approach unfamiliar problems by synthesising and developing knowledge, skills and previous experience.

ETIC Unit Leader: Ricardo Ferreira
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Toni Diaz

Creative Sound Design

Addressing the issues, conventions and characteristics of fiction or dramatic production through production lectures and workshops, students will further develop their technical craft skills in audio by adapting an existing ‘script’. Students are required to record and embellish their chosen medium with existing and original SF/X and incorporate ambient reinforcement as well as original music. Students will be introduced to a range of stylistic and aesthetic approaches to audio post production values in their chosen medium. Additionally, it will be expected that they critically engage with their chosen media and that their work is informed by analysis of current cultural output and theoretical ideas.

ETIC Unit Leader: José Raposo
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Toni Diaz


Alexandre Cortez

Major Project

Eduardo Vinhas

Advanced Music Production

Rafaela Ribas

Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship

Ricardo Ferreira

Live Project Brief

José Raposo

Creative Sound Design


Entry requirements for ETIC Students:

  • Completion of the relevant ETIC HND in Creative Media Production and in Art & Design with a Pass.
  • English meets IELTS 6.0 in writing with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speakingor TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component or equivalent.

Other candidates who can apply to a top up year:

  • Students who have completed a level 5/120 credits degree.
  • Candidates who show evidence of relevant professional background and significant experience in the area they apply.
  • The same English language entry requirements mentioned above are mandatory for all applicants.

Please contact ETIC’s Admissions Office for further information and detailed application procedures.



Former ETIC student:
€600.00 for Enrollment + 12 consecutive monthly instalments
Or +14 consecutive monthly instalments (€378.57)
full payment of the course (prompt-payment) – 5.5% discount
New Student:
€600.00 for Enrollment + 12 consecutive monthly
full payment of the course (prompt-payment) – 5.5% discount
Student that is not a resident taxpayer in Portugal:
€600.00 for Enrollment + 30% of the full amount of the course
(€1,749.00) + 12 consecutive monthly instalments (€340.08)
Full payment of the course (prompt-payment) – 5.5% discount
For more information, please contact us.

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