BSc (Hons)

Audio and Music Technology

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  • UCAS code(s): P316
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: CCT
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Would you like a career in the audio and music industry? If so, this industry-focused course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills needed to succeed. The audio and music technology industries provide a broad range of career prospects for graduates. You’ll explore subject areas that will develop your knowledge in the subject area and help prepare you for the diverse nature of your industry.

You’ll also have access to a range of specialist facilities, including industry-standard audio recording and production studios.

Overall the course aims to develop your knowledge and skills and allows you to apply this in various scenarios, in order to improve your employability and/or prepare you for further study at Masters level and beyond.

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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2017
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2017’s showcase

What you'll study

The course curriculum balances theoretical study alongside practical application. Throughout the course you’ll be challenged to develop your decision-making in new, and at times, complex and unpredictable contexts. The content of the course also closely reflects current working practices in industry, and aims to prepare you for work in a highly competitive workplace. Students in audio and music technology will increasingly be faced with freelance and self-employed models of work upon graduation.

  • Year One

    Audio Production Technology (40 Credit Points)

    A solid understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of audio production is essential for employment in the audio and music technology industries. Throughout this module you’ll learn how developments in audio technology have shaped the way we use technology to create, edit and manipulate sound and music. You’ll be encouraged to develop important critical listening skills when working in a variety of recording and mixing situations. 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. Towards the end of the module you’ll also be introduced to various approaches and tools for mixing music. The overarching aim is to equip you with a range of practical skills that are grounded in a historical, cultural and theoretical context.

    Electronic Music Production (20 Credit Points)

    This module aims to give you 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 module offers a holistic view of the subject through contextual research and historical analyses, as well as critical listening in key genres, both historical and contemporary.

    The Audio and Music Industry (20 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. Consequently, there is a strong emphasis on you completing work for client(s) as part of your study in the module. You’ll be required to carry out independent study into current industry trends, examining and evaluating how changes in technology have affected the creation and consumption of music and audio content. You’ll also be introduced to the pressures of working for clients through the completion of a live client brief. The aim is for you to acquire practical experience of the skills and attributes needed for work and employment in industry.

    Research Methods in Audio and Music Technology (20 Credit Points)

    In this module you’ll develop an awareness of appropriate research methodologies in order to progress your studies in audio and music technologies. An ability to select the correct method of research is a skill that will assist you in your further studies across all disciplines; including practical assessments, written assignments and professional development. To understand and apply research methodologies develops a foundation in learning and helps you contribute to an ever-advancing knowledge base.

    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. Understanding such principles can aid in developing, a higher-level application of audio and music technology in various associated areas, such as creative microphone use, manipulation of audio signals, positioning of sound sources and modification of audio equipment. You’ll be required to adopt a technical and scientific approach to the module, in order to solve mathematical problems, interpret and analyse data, independently research technical literature and present your findings in a clear and convincing manner.

  • Year Two

    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 interrelationship between the importance of decisions at each stage of an audio production (recording, editing and mixing, through to final master), and the impact this has on the quality of the final product. The work you carry out for the module will be completed with a strong research emphasis and you’re expected to employ an investigative approach to your study in the module – researching current and historical trends in audio production in order to frame your own work within a wider industry context. The module will develop your technical proficiency alongside your problem solving and critical listening skills. There is an emphasis on professional practice and the delivery of work that has an appreciation of customer (e.g. client) and consumer expectations.

    Creative Audio & Music Technology (40 Credit Points)

    This module will develop your understanding and practical knowledge of music and audio technology outside of the context of the commercially led recording-mixing-mastering paradigm. You’ll focus on other specialist aspects of music technology, working both collaboratively and individually on a wide variety of projects, culminating in a portfolio of your creative work. During the completion of your projects, you’re encouraged to creatively use a range of different methodologies in the production of your audio work, e.g. fusing together computer software with various hardware technologies in sound creation, control and interfacing. The module will also allow you the opportunity to explore other growing fields where music, media and technology converge; such as live and interactive sound installations, sound design for film/TV, animation and gaming. You’ll also explore historical and contemporary contexts through research, and develop an understanding of the context of creativity in music and sound and how this applies in your own creative work.

    Ultimately, this module is designed to extend your skill set to enable the exploration of new audio and music technologies as they emerge, and to think creatively and solve problems with technology. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in some aspects of your assignment work for this module and your final portfolio will demonstrate your wider skill sets in music and audio technology, enhancing your employment opportunities in new and emerging fields.

    Acoustics & Electronics (20 Credit Points)

    This module aims to develop your understanding and application of acoustics and audio electronics. Understanding such principles can develop an appreciation and higher-level application of sound sources, acoustic spaces and audio and music technology equipment. You’ll be required to adopt a technical and scientific approach to the module, in order to solve mathematical problems, interpret and analyse data, evaluate audio systems, independently research technical literature and present your findings in a clear and confident manner.

    Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

    During this module you’ll 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. The nature of creative industries is increasingly defined by freelance and self-employed models of work. Consequently, individuals seeking work in industry need to appreciate the pressures of working on multiple projects to strict deadlines and the subsequent demands this place on time and resources. Similarly, an understanding of professional practice and the legal and economic imperatives in industry is important, as is effective communication, self-efficacy and autonomy. This module aims to develop these skills and knowledge by challenging you to develop a range of self-directed projects.

  • Final year

    Audio Mastering (20 Credit Points)

    This module will introduce you to the processes and techniques involved in professional audio mastering. You’ll study the relationship mastering has with other creative stages of a production (e.g. recording and mixing). Throughout the module you’ll study signal processing within the context of mastering and develop a proficiency with key technologies in order to produce and deliver audio masters that conform to prescribed formats. The primary role of a mastering engineer is to provide an independent critical ear and apply processing that is sympathetic to both genre, playback environment and restrictions of the audio delivery format. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis throughout this module on developing your critical listening skills.

    Recording on Location (20 Credit Points)

    This module aims to expand your scope of recording experiences and equipping you for a variety of recording situations outside a controlled studio environment.

    Recording music on location requires a different approach to that of a recording studio. In this module you’ll explore the theory and practice of recording and mixing material from various situations outside of the traditional recording studio environment, for example orchestral recordings, chamber music, brass bands and live amplified concerts etc.

    You’ll investigate techniques associated with recording and mixing various live performances, in order to justify your choice and use of the equipment (e.g. venue acoustics, microphone techniques, instrument acoustics, digital set up etc.)  Also as part of your developing professionalism, you’ll be expected to carry out preparatory research in order to complete recording on location and be prepared to solve problems in complex and potentially unpredictable situations.

    Throughout the module you’ll develop your critical listening skills through examining different approaches to mixing live performances, psychoacoustics, musical acoustics, and analysing reference recordings to investigate the wider context of contemporary practice and in some cases apply techniques that are at the forefront of the subject area.

    Music and Sound for Visual Media (40 Credit Points)

    This module aims to instruct you in the practices, tools and conventions of sound and music in visual media art forms. You’ll examine the historical context of sound design in visual media, initially focusing on sound and music in film and TV before exploring the application of sound in other media such as web, video games and animation. You’ll explore the relationship between sound and visuals and the impact on the consumer experience.

    Alongside this theoretical and contextual underpinning, you’ll also study practical tools and technologies and utilise a range of methods for composing, recording, editing and processing sound work. This will include musical composition and arrangement, dialogue recording and editing, Foley and location recording, and surround sound mixing. You’ll also examine other aspects integral to the completion of a professional sound design product, such as metering standards and delivery formats.

    Technology Investigation (40 Credit Points)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake sustained investigation into a specific area of creative technology that builds on your previous knowledge, experience and skills acquired during levels 4 and 5. This module will allow you to explore critically a specific issue or area of personal interest within your chosen field allowing you to explore individual lines of enquiry connected to your career goals. You’ll achieve this by undertaking a self-initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision.

    As part of this investigation you’ll also enhance your abilities to communicate your findings with an audience and consolidate your skills in project management and self directed work, both of which are vital for a career within the creative media industries.

    The module serves to acquaint you with the key skills and practices required to undertake and complete independent project research and to create practical creative media technology products as a response.

Develop your knowledge for the whole subject area before specialising in a subject area of your choice.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place in a range of bespoke studios, IT suites and classrooms. You’ll develop your practical, technical and critical thinking skills through a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, academic tutorials and guest lectures. In these classes you’ll explore the core aspects of the module subject areas whilst also reporting back on your individual progress and research findings.

The audio and music industry is embedded in the course, with industry and work-related opportunities including live client briefs, Confetti’s Industry Week, guest lectures and short work placements. These will be offered in addition to your studies. By the end of your studies, you’ll have developed the skills to independently gain industry experiences.

Industry Week

As a Music Technology student, you'll take part in 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) and 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.

As well as lectures and seminars, you'll also gain hands on experience through workshops, lab sessions and studio sessions.

Careers and employability

Upon successful completion, you’ll have the option to progress to Confetti’s MA Creative Technologies or MSc Creative Technologies, apply for internships or job roles within industry.

Typical job roles in industry might include:

  • Sound designer
  • Audio producer/engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Technology R&D
  • Acoustician
  • Post-production engineer

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of roles, including sound designer, audio producer, mastering engineering and acoustician.

Confetti brand new Contemporary Music and Events Hub has been designed by world-renowned acoustic architects White Mark Ltd.

Entry requirements

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.

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.

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

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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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

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Getting in touch

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Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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