Music Technology BSc (Hons)

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About the course

Music and sound make a significant contribution to the British economy through the creative industries, which require qualified graduates possessing the right mix of creativity and technical proficiency.

Reasons to study Music Technology at DMU:
  • Learn about the complete music and audio production process from creation to delivery and create music and manipulate sound alongside established composers
  • Strong emphasis on the application of knowledge and professional practice, leading to practical and marketable skills for a variety of music and audio related careers
  • Record, mix and master in our suite of comprehensively equipped studios, while learning about the important und…

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About the course

Music and sound make a significant contribution to the British economy through the creative industries, which require qualified graduates possessing the right mix of creativity and technical proficiency.

Reasons to study Music Technology at DMU:
  • Learn about the complete music and audio production process from creation to delivery and create music and manipulate sound alongside established composers
  • Strong emphasis on the application of knowledge and professional practice, leading to practical and marketable skills for a variety of music and audio related careers
  • Record, mix and master in our suite of comprehensively equipped studios, while learning about the important underlying electronic and computing technologies

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the science and technological skills which underpin the music and audio industries.

With optional modules in the final year, you can further develop your specific interests and tailor your degree to your intended career path.


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Key facts

UCAS course code: JW9H

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A Level or AS Levels
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, studio sessions, practical classes and laboratory work. Emphasis is placed upon gaining practical experience and applying it in a professional context. Areas of study include sound engineering, composition and performance, audio technology, music programming and computing, digital media and acoustics.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required. You are assessed through a variety of methods including practical assignments, exams, technical reports, essays and presentations.

Course modules

First year
  • Creating with Technology
  • Multimedia Animation Production
  • Audio Technology I
  • Introduction to Audio Production
Second year
  • Composing with Technology
  • Computer Music Software Systems
  • Audio Technology II
  • Audio Production
Final year
  • Studio Engineering
  • Technology Project

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Students of this course have taken part in work experience placements at a vast number of local, national and international companies including the BBC.

Graduate careers

Graduates have the key skills to pursue a variety of careers within the creative and media industries. Typical areas of employment include studio engineering, radio and television production, music for film and video, post-production, computer game sound design, technical sales and support, audiovisual installation, multimedia and web design.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £9,000 Placement year £650 Part-time (Where available) 4 year course £5,925 per year 6 year course £3,950 per year Per module £988 per 15 credits International
Full-time £11,250 Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.

Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.

Facilities

Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios give students the opportunity to study in a new technology-led environment featuring industry standard equipment and gain the knowledge and experience of creative technologies to support your academic study. The studios are also supported by a team of academic specialists delivering teaching in the principles and techniques of media technology and production.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.

Specifically, the facilities include:

  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
  • Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.
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