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Professional Music Release

Masters-level short course on professional music release.


Professional Music Release is an inquiry-based short course, presenting students with the challenge of working to a range of high-level briefs derived from industry practices in order to develop a professional music release, supported by recording sessions and industries guidance. Students will work to a selection of set challenges related to songwriting, professional recording studio practice, or music business / entrepreneurial practice and will require students to work (in a suitable and relevant discipline) within tight, professional delivery timescales. 

As the module will be available across several MA programmes there will be clear opportunities for inter disciplinary working.

    • Professional environment
    • Work-based and inquiry-based learning
    • Delivery within professional timescales
    • Interdisciplinary practice

This SCQF Level 11 (Masters Level) module will give participants an opportunity to:

  • Explore and apply professional songwriting techniques
  • Produce a professional portfolio of songs
  • Record one track to a professional standard
  • Plan and execute a professional level music release
  • Collaborate with other creatives
  • Experience time-limited creativity
  • Critically reflect on professional creative practice

Upon successful completion of this module, participants will have the skills and knowledge to develop their songwriting or production practice further. Students will also be awarded 20 credits. 

Prerequisites and course expectations

Applicants to study this module will be asked to submit a portfolio of two songs, simply recorded and presented as a link to Soundcloud or other similar online location, and a personal statement (max. 500 words) outlining why they are interested in the course.  Where applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree, they should be able to demonstrate professional experience, either in music or in a relevant professional field or area of practice.  Portfolios and personal statements should be sent to or at the same time you submit your application. 

As a Masters level course, this module requires a significant time commitment, and due to the face-to-face aspects of teaching, students must be able to commit to attending on these dates. Please see full timetable below. 

Delivery format

The module will be run in two intensively delivered sessions (Mon-Wed, 10-5) that model the professional 'songhouse' format that is common in the industries. The first session focuses on working to various briefs in songwriting/production for the creation of tracks, the second session focuses on developing one chosen output for release by working with tutors to record it to a professional standard in the studio. In several Monday morning sessions (online or in person) in the intervening period, you will be guided in developing a release strategy and industries-based plan to support the release of your output.

Planned schedule

Songwriting/Production Workshops - Face to Face at UWS Ayr Campus

  • 10am-5pm - Monday 30th January 2023
  • 10am - 5pm - Tuesday 31st January 2023
  • 10am-5pm - Wednesday 1st February 2023

Workshops - planning and scheduling a music release - Face to Face at UWS Ayr Campus or Online

  • 10am - 1pm - Monday 6th February 2023
  • 10am - 1pm - Monday 13th February 2023
  • 10am - 1pm - Monday 20th February 2023
Recording your Release - Face to Face at UWS Ayr Campus
  • 10am-5pm - Monday 13th March 2023
  • 10am-5pm - Tuesday 14th March 2023
  • 10am-5pm - Wednesday 15th March 2023


Funding & Fees

This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.


Contact Us

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