We think this course is a great degree for students studying A Level or BTEC level 3 qualifications in Music Technology. You may not play a traditional instrument but you may have been exploring your musicality and creating your own original material through creative use of technology.
This course shares a common first year with our BSc (Hons) Music and Audio Technology. This commonality allows you to change courses at the end of your first year if you think our other course is more suited to your career goals.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
We want you to push the boundaries of creative audio. We will help you develop skills and techniques to enhance your creativity of music and sound to professional standards, including:
You will learn to contextualise, analyse and critique your work in group work and with the advice and guidance of our academic staff, many of whom conduct research in relevant areas. You will learn about the underlying technology that supports production processes, and apply sound production techniques and critical listening in a number of contexts.
Year 1 - Level C
Units common to all students.
Synthesis and Effects
In order to be an effective sound designer, it is vital to understand the fundamental building blocks of sound and how these can be combined to create complex harmonic relationships. This unit aims to provide students´ with theoretical understanding sound analysis and practical skills in sound creation. You will also begin building a portfolio of work that will be expanded and contributed to through the entire degree programme.
Composition and Arrangement
This unit will develop your creative skills in the of crafting musical and audio material. Focusing on such aspects as critical listening, aural skills and the basics of composition this unit will develop the musical skills to work with musicians in a creative context.
Production Techniques 1
This basic introduction to creating music using technology focuses on the creative potential of the computer as a musical tool. You will become familiar with the operation of production software packages for the creation of music and will gain insight in how to integrate these tools into your creative workflow.
Studio Techniques 1
You will learn to demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of studio techniques in relation to the recording process. Including areas such as signal flow, gain structure and use of outboard such as dynamic processors.
Media Devices & Networks
The unit lays the foundation for the Level I of the Creative Technology pathways. Students will learn the basic concepts, mechanisms and operation of computers and media devices. In addition they will learn the fundamentals of network systems, limitations and capabilities to support delivery of integration of audio, video and gaming equipment and multimedia content across networks.
Creative Business Awareness
This unit will focus on providing students with an overview to the Creative Technology Industry and an awareness of how businesses of different sizes operate within the sector. Students will develop skills and knowledge that will allow them to participate in commercial simulations of business activities from within the sector, and develop a range of basic professional development skills such as working within a team, project management and presentation and communication of information.
Year 2 - Level I
You will begin to specialise according to your chosen degree title. Other units will be common to both pathways.
Synthesizers and Sequencing Systems
You will extend your theoretical understanding and practical skills in generating sound and audio using a sequencer and MIDI instruments. You will gain understanding of how MIDI is used in a variety of contexts and its relationship to sequencing musical compositions. You will explore advanced synthesis techniques and create your own synthesizers.
Production Techniques 2
This module will introduce you to advanced production techniques enabling you to develop your theoretical and practical understanding within a contemporary musical context.
Studio Techniques 2
You will be able to critically analyse various studio practices in relation to the creation, and recording of audio. The unit will focus on advanced recording techniques as well as developing your knowledge of acoustics and its relationship to capturing sound in space.
Composing using technology
This unit will further develop you skills in composition with technology. It will introduce you to a number of contemporary approaches developing your confidence and creativity as a composer within a critical context.
In this unit you will develop skills in team working through the delivery of a project as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will gain knowledge of the production processes as relevant to your creative area and be able to communicate your ideas effectively in person and online.
Commercial Business Environment
Provide students with the opportunity to develop the fundamental commercial and professional skills and knowledge needed to operate a business within the Creative Industry sector. The unit lays emphasis on the importance of understanding the forces at work within a relevant commercial environment.
Year 3 - Optional placement year in industry
The placement provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain first-hand industry experience. Experience gained on the placement is invaluable in helping students to make informed decisions about their future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation.
A dedicated Placements Office helps students to obtain placements. Students receive support throughout the placement experience. Interview techniques and advice are also provided for students to help them successfully gain a placement. Previous students have undertaken their placement with Walt Disney and The Royal Shakespeare Company, amongst others.
Year 4 - Level H
The individual project will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired on the course, in a scientific manner to enable the development of multimedia, network and business systems. You will develop strategies allowing you to understand and practice problem solving with regards to research, synthesis, realization and evaluation.
You will present project requirements, analysis and design solutions using oral, written and modelling techniques to a professional standard. This challenge will develop and demonstrate your ability to apply and synthesize the knowledge and skills established throughout the course.
Creative Music Technology
The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of the key developments in music-technology research and to explore how cutting-edge technologies and approaches can be used in a creative manner.
Advanced Recording and Production
Innovation and Business Development
Many students from our Music & Audio Technology course have found employment with music hardware developers, music technology software companies and in the content industries.
Some of our students are using their unique transferable skills to seek employment in other industry sectors.
Graduates from Music & Audio Technology in 2013 are working for the following companies:
It´s Done Technology
Allen and Heath
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