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Audio and Music Technology FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree
  • UCAS Code(s): J931
  • Start Date(s): September
  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This foundation degree in Audio and Music Technology is an industry focused course. As a student you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities on site, including Confetti’s world-class contemporary music & live events hub - Metronome. The course covers a variety of disciplines and offers a wide range of industry and work-related opportunities for you to access, helping you to build a varied and distinctive portfolio of work.

This course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills you'll need to work successfully within the international audio and music industry whilst offering a broad range of work based learning opportunities.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

Key features

  • Study in professional recording facilities and a range of bespoke IT and computer spaces.
  • Develop your own specific areas of expertise, through a deeper understanding of the subject area.
  • Meet industry professionals and learn their craft.
  • Work with relevant industry-standard software and hardware.
  • Work to industry briefs to develop your experience in working with clients and to deadlines.
  • Take part in live projects and briefs.
  • Develop your ability to work as part of a team in a creative and efficient manner.
  • Your personal interests will be at the heart of your experience and should allow you to flourish.
  • In your final year exhibit your work at the Confetti Degree Show.

What you’ll study

This industry-focused music production degree is ideal if you have a passion for music and audio production and want to develop a highly attractive portfolio of technical and creative skills that will help you pursue a successful career in the creative industries.

The course covers the science and technology of audio and recording systems and how these can be used effectively in recording, mixing, mastering and sound design. Alongside this emphasis on industry skills, the variety of teaching and learning activities in each of the modules will allow you to build a distinctive and varied portfolio of work by the end of your course.

You’ll learn in our music and live events hub – Metronome - designed by world-renowned audio architects White Mark Ltd – who have designed studios for clients including Jay-Z and Damon Albarn and have access to Exigy and PMC monitors, recording, mixing and mastering suites using Neumann, Schoeps and Studer equipment and production suites running Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton.

To top off these incredible recording facilities, Studio 1 now houses a 48 channel SSL Duality console as used by Abbey Road, Steve Mac, Chemical Brothers, Pete Townshend and many, many more.

Audio Production Technology (40 credit points)

Throughout this module you will learn how developments in audio technology have shaped the way we use technology to create, edit and manipulate sound and music.

The module will focus predominantly on practical recording techniques in the recording studio environment, alongside opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in other location recording scenarios.

Electronic Music Production (20 credit points)

This module aims to give the you a grounding in the skills necessary to create an audio work derived principally from electronic (analogue or digital) means.

Core technological concepts such as sequencing, sound syntheses, sampling, audio programming and mixing are studied alongside core musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement.

The Audio and Music Industry (40 credit points)

This module aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of how changes in industry impact on consumer trends and working practices. In addition, the module focuses heavily on your development as an emerging professional.

Research Methods in Audio and Music Technology (20 credit points)

In this module you will develop an awareness of appropriate research methodologies in order to progress your studies in audio and music technologies.

Sound and Audio Theory (20 credit points)

This module aims to develop your understanding and application of scientific principles underpinning audio and music technology, such as sound theory, analogue and digital audio principles.

Advanced Audio Production (40 credit points)

This module explores advanced working practices and principles employed in the audio production environment. The overarching aim is to develop your understanding of the relationship between the importance of decisions at each stage of an audio production and the impact this has on the quality of the final product.

Creative Audio & Music Technology (40 credit points)

This module will develop your understanding and practical knowledge of music technology outside of the context of the commercially led recording-mixing-mastering paradigm.

Ultimately this module is designed to extend your skill set to enable the exploration of new audio technologies as they emerge, and to think creatively and solve problems with technology.

Acoustics and Electronics (20 credit points)

This module aims to develop your understanding and application of acoustics and audio electronics, such as room acoustics, instrument acoustics and audio systems design and application.

Industry Practice (20 credit points)

During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

How you’re taught

How you learn

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK!

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group tutorials
  • academic tutorials
  • workshops
  • presentations and pitches
  • visiting industry professionals
  • team working
  • independent study.

Assessment

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • observed practical assessment
  • individual production or compositional work
  • collaborative project work
  • technical report
  • case study
  • portfolio work
  • reflective evaluation
  • visual and verbal presentation.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based on your final year work.

Industry Week

As a Music Technology student, you'll also take part in Confetti's Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

Previous guests include:

  • Michael Eavis
  • Professor Green
  • DJ Yoda
  • Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes)
  • Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush)
  • Goetz Botzenhardt (Bjork, Sugarbabes, Faithless, Dido, Pet Shop Boys)
  • George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown).

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (70%) and practical (30%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).

Careers and employability

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives, such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work, to help enhance your future career.

This course will prepare you to work in creative industries in specialist technical roles, in areas such as:

  • recording engineer
  • mixing engineer
  • audio post production
  • music composition
  • sound design
  • acoustics

Connecting with industry

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects will help you to gain real experience of the industry, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV.

You will also take part in Confetti's Industry Week where you'll be meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the Creative Industries.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

Teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, will help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

Campus and facilities

Whether you’re a songwriter, performer, producer or someone who wants to get into the live events industry, you’ll study and learn in the heart of a world-class venue – Metronome.

By day, it’s an incredible place to study music performance, live events and audio technology. By night, Metronome transforms into a live events venue, hosting sell-out music gigs, comedy nights, theatre productions, esports tournaments, spoken word – the list goes on!

For our students, we can offer unrivalled facilities which include:

  • 400 capacity live music venue
  • 14 rehearsal spaces
  • 10 recording studios
  • Mastering, surround sound and post-production studio
  • Critical listening seminar room
  • Live events production workspace
  • Vinyl cutting room

Entry requirements

  • A-levels - DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - two at grade C, including English and Maths or Science.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Please see our applying and fees section.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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