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.
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
Assessment methods will include:
One-to-one discussion of practical work this method 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 other's 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 - where you are working in team projects. 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.
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.
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.
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.