Music Technology FD

About the course

Music Technology covers music for visual media, (film, television, video games and web design); software synthesis and digital signal processing, and composition and song writing, giving you plenty of opportunity to develop and showcase your creative talents. Using industry-standard technology, you will study recording and production with an option of software programming, explore different musical genres and practise music business skills, with an opportunity in your final year to work with students on other media courses on a joint project.

This course is delivered in partnership with Bedford College

Music Technology - FD - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W370
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn a wide range of industry-specific and transferable skills, including high-level computing skills
  • Study a mix of practical, theoretical and academic subjects including performance with technology, music and business 
  • Develop your music technology skills through regular self-directed practice
  • Gain experience on industry-standard music technology equipment and software in dedicated studios
  • Explore a wide range of musical repertoires 
  • Benefit from a course that will open doors to careers in sound recording, production and mastering; audio-related areas such as forensic audio, noise analysis/measurement, audio restoration, audio archiving, and acoustic consultancy; design & development, testing, documentation, and consultancy of music software; music technology journalism; music management; education and other areas of the music industry or further study

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Context And Listening
  • Music Software
  • Recording And Mixing
  • The Business Of Music Technology
  • 21st Century Production Techniques
  • Major Project - Recording/Media Commission
  • Music And Media
  • Production Style
  • The Business Of Music Production

Discover the School of Media and Performance

The School of Media and Performance provides opportunities for you to develop skills within your subject area in a vibrant and supportive environment.

  • Media courses are taught at our Luton campus
  • Performance courses are taught at our Bedford campus

Find out more about what we offer and how we can support you in developing your future career.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods will include:

  • One-to-one discussion of practical work allows you to discuss your work in an informal setting and gain confidence in using and understanding appropriate critical thinking and evaluative terminology.
  • Peer assessment - where you present your work to your peers, and receive feedback. You will learn from viewing each others practical work, hearing each others presentations and considering your own output in relation to this. You will also learn how to synthesize information and present and articulate your own views.
  • Final presentations and portfolios - this will involve you in presenting your finished work, to a professional standard, adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Work-based learning assessment strategies will include assessment of an academic report, a skills portfolio detailing prior experience if applicable, reflective diary or journal, professional practice and task management, and practical artwork and digital product. Academic staff will use information from direct observation, self-evaluation and employer feedback to formulate an assessment decision against the learning outcomes of the work based units. You will also reflect on the fitness for purpose of your efforts and practical work. In doing this you will receive feedback directly from the employer, and gain valuable skills in communicating and understanding.
  • Team-based assignments - this will test your negotiating skills, and also confirm your individual contribution to a team effort. You will be assessed against your individual contribution and how you fulfil the learning outcomes. It will be important for you to self evaluate critically your role as a team member, and how the different roles within the team equate to a fully functional team, or otherwise. In this way you will gain insight and understanding of how teams operate and the skills you will need to acquire and employ in the industry.
  • The overall product from team-based work will receive verbal feedback. This will be supervised by academic staff, and may involve elements of peer and employer feedback. However, you will be formally assessed on their individual roles within the team. So, although some of your productions may involve group work and we will examine the final content produced, the grades are given based on your individual contributions and not on group work. In other words, there is no group grade: only individual grades.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude, which your tutors expect you to display in all your units.

All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career in the media.

Presentations by practitioners, regular input from the careers service during all levels of your study (starting during induction week, concluding during the workshops for the level 3 project), as well as specifically designed units with the world of work in will help you be ready for your career.

The creative, analytical and practical skills you will acquire will equip you for many different careers both within the music industries and beyond. You will graduate with immediately relevant vocational skills together with the ability to develop and plan your career, capitalising on the intellectual skills that will serve you throughout your life.

However, our FdA graduates also opt to complete Level 6 year at university to obtain a degree and this can also lead to careers in teaching, in public relations and in public service.

Students can then choose to continue their education and register on taught or research based Masters courses in music. From MA programmes students may want to progress onto studying for a doctorate (PhD) in music.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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