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GRADUATE DESTINATIONS

Find out what our students go on to do after graduation

When our students graduate they remain part of our growing community of creative professionals, and are often invited back to share their early career experiences with current students. We keep close links with them where we can, sharing projects, contacts, expertise and opportunities so they can move into the professional world with a community of support behind them.

 

Dan Collins

Dan Collins

Graduated: 2018

Current Work: MA Student & Freelance Producer

“Studying Music Production at York St. John provided me with a realistic and honest insight into the Music industry. It was emphasised at all times that as an individual you carve your own path and the more you invest in time and effort – the greater the rewards.

During my time as a student, I made full use of the facilities and equipment available acquiring the basis of the skillset needed to establish myself as a producer and engineer. I have gone on to work alongside artists such as The Howl & The Hum, Naked Six, Rachel Croft and Alex Ohm whilst engineering for Eliot Kennedy (Bryan Adams, Gary Barlow, The Spice Girls), Toby Hulbert (Bat for Lashes,Frank Ocean, Sting) and Lawrence Love-Greed (Chris Martin, Jay Z, Paul McCartney).

The best things about studying at York St. John were the accessibility of the lecturers (who are all recognised industry professionals) and the availability of the facilities 24/7. Highlights included working at Abbey Road, and meeting pro producers such as Gary Bromham, Phill Harding, Andy Barlow and Mike Cave.”

Dom Smith

Dom Smith

Graduated: 2015

Current Work: freelance media creative and Chief Engineer at York’s premier recording and rehearsal studio, Melrose Yard.

Dom is a recording engineer and producer from Leeds. Over the past five years working in the industry, Dom has honed his production skills with a wealth of talent, working with a vast array of local and more established artists. His work is regularly played on BBC Radio 1, Introducing and 6 Music. After graduating from the YSJ Music Production course in 2015, Dom was taken on by Melrose Yard Studios as chief engineer, alongside working regularly as a freelance photographer and videographer. Dom is the creative director of Mantality – an online platform to inspire the everyday male to live a more comprehensive version of themselves; with their mindset to be the first point of address.

“With an attractive ethos in developing key industry, networking, business and enterprise skills, the Music Production course offered more than I could have imagined. We had countless opportunities to take on and experience ‘real’ projects with industry professionals and were heavily encouraged to start our journey as freelance music creatives. My first company was established at University with the help, support and mentorship of my lecturers.”

DJ Will Maden

DJ Will Maden

Graduated: 2016

Current Work: Artist and Events Management, House music producer, and International DJ at Six15Events.

“My current role is an artist manager as well as being an artist myself. My company now deals with international bookings and looks after brands such as Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Ocean beach, Nikki Beach and many more.

“The Music Production course helped me prepare for the world outside of University by helping me understand how to deal with clients. Understanding how to interact with clients and keeping them informed whilst working to a set brief has been an essential skill which my time on the course taught me. 

The course was engaging and varied. The tutors were all approachable and each had their different skill sets which helped on various different tasks. The facilities were incredible and having access to the studio 24/7 was great for me as I could go in after I had finished a gig and complete work.

Overall the experience for me at York St John was something that was essential in me not only building my own business into what it is today, but also myself as a person, moulding me into a driven professional in the music business.”

Luke Wiggs & Adam Townsend

Luke Wiggs & Adam Townsend

Graduated: 2016

Current Work: Creative Director and Executive Producer at Luke Lewis Productions

Luke and Adam started their production company as part of the Music Production degree programme. They expanded into video production and now specialise in creating exciting and engaging audio visual content and photography for businesses large and small. Their passion and dedication to their craft can be seen in every project they undertake; from food photography to music video production, entire brand launches, or event videos.

We invited Luke and Adam to film for our recent project in Abbey Road where they produced live music videos for 12 artists including Magic Numbers and The Leisure Society. Check out their work here.

Dan Webster

Dan Webster

Graduated: 2013

Current Work: Touring artist, studio manager and roots music producer.

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK – ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville – beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.

Dan produced his album ‘The Tin Man’ whilst on the Music Production course and it got to number 3 in the Amazon Folk chart. Since then he has been producing more of his own music as well as other acoustic roots acts from around Yorkshire.

https://danwebstermusic.com/home

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Graduated: 2015

Current Work: Station Sound producer for the BBC and Head of Music at BBC Radio Gloucestershire
“This year I was brought into BBC Radio Gloucestershire to shake up its station image, creating their new jingle package and implementing a new promotional strategy. The project has just finished with positive results, I’d like to do more like this and look back and say ‘yes I made that happen.’

The Music Production programmes at York St John University have a great community atmosphere, with constant support and feedback from tutors, peers and the department’s network of industry professionals. I collaborated with lots of students from across the University and made lifelong friends (students and tutors alike). It gave me a ‘can do attitude’ and the skills to work with different characters. Specifically, my course taught me the values of individualism and professionalism.
I have no regrets about choosing York St John, I didn’t just pay for a degree but the best three years of my life so far.”

Tom Whitehead

Tom Whitehead

Graduated: 2015

Current Work: Freelance Recording Engineer / Sound Designer / Audio Editor who currently specialises in the video game industry

Some of the more well-known titles that he has worked on include Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Forza Horizon 4, Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2, 11:11 – Memories Retold & Jurassic Park: Evolution. His freelance lifestyle has become invaluable to the foundations of his career, once he was able to come to terms with the ideology of what being a ‘professional freelancer’ is, he’s then been able to expand his reach in different directions, allowing for a diverse and fresh workflow.

Tom’s brief history within the industry consists of a few ventures, the latest was a recording studio business based in Sheffield called Silvertone Productions which he founded shortly after departing the undergraduate music production course at YSJ. During his time at university, he also co-founded and was a director in a Record Label based in York called Rack Mount Records.

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