FdSc

Audio and Music Technology

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years, full-time

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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 brand new world class Contemporary Music & Live Events Hub. 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 is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

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.

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.
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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2018
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2018’s showcase

What you'll study

Throughout the two years of study you'll have the opportunity to study the broadest range of disciplines, including areas such as audio recording, mixing and mastering, composition with technology, acoustics and audio synthesis.

  • Year One

    Audio Production Technology (20 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.

  • Final year

    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.

Alongside an 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.

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! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

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 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).

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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.

Assessment methods

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

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

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

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

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.

Previous students have gained production credits on work for Sony/RCA, worked with nationally-renowned artists such as Jake Bugg, recorded performances at the Royal Concert Hall and gained broadcast credits on Notts TV

Our new home for music and live events will focus on music production and performance, and live technical events education. The 38,500 sq. ft. complex, designed by U.K. firm White Mark, features music studios, rehearsal rooms, editing suites, social spaces and an auditorium.

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.

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.

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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