Music and Sound Technology
Combining creativity and technical ability
Why take this course?
The Music and Sound Technology course gives you the opportunity to develop your technical and creative skills, equipping you for a career in the creative industries in a broad range of professional music technology, sound and multimedia roles.
You will have the opportunity to produce a varied, diverse and exciting portfolio of creative practical work on the course, in areas such as studio recording, sound design, synthesis, music composition, game audio, software development and live performance. You will also investigate creative ideas and exploratory approaches to using technology for sound and music. Whilst core skills are an important part of the degree, the course will prepare you for the demands of a professional environment, and promote individuality in your creative explorations and studies. This ensures that you are a unique and employable graduate.
This course is industry accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) representing APRS (The Association of Professional Recording Services), MPG (The Music Producers Guild) and associate industry bodies.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Use our fully equipped sound/music studios and multimedia labs to enhance your learning experience
- Get creative – compose music, design sound, design software and produce your own music or sound art pieces
- Get hands on experience using a range of hardware modular synthesisers
- Opt to do a salaried placement year
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is designed to develop technical skills and creative practice in a range of areas, to produce the next generation of audio professionals.
Our previous graduates have pursued successful careers in:
- Sound Recording/Engineering
- Sound Design
- Film and Video Production
- Postgraduate Study
There hasn't been anything I haven't enjoyed on this course – teaching music is hopefully going to be my destination after I graduate.
Ken Wharton-Emms, BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology student
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- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300 p/a**
*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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Structure & Teaching
In the first year, you will begin working in our recording studio facilities, and develop a range of technical, creative and academic skills.
Core units in this year are:
- Introduction to Studio Techniques
- Electroacoustic Music Composition
- Music in Context
- Sound for Moving Image
- Sound: Practice and Theory
- Eportfolio for Media, Audio and Graphics
During your second year you will expand upon your recording and production techniques, be introduced to software design and creative programming, and plan for your final year project and future career in the three core units. You also choose three units from our list of options, allowing you to specialise in your areas of interest.
Core units in this year include:
- Digital Sound
- Recording and Production Techniques
- Project Initiation and Career Management
- Options to choose from in this year include:
- Music Business Practice
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- Composition Portfolio
- Sound Design and Music For Games
- Laptop Music Performance
Your final year allows you significant freedom to pursue your academic, creative and professional interests. A broad range of option units is available, allowing you to tailor the course to your professional and educational requirements.
Core units in this year include:
- Professional Music Production Techniques
- Sound Application
- Final Year Project
- Options to choose from in this year include:
- Interdisciplinary Group Project
- Experimental Music Programming
- Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies
- Music and Sound Synthesis
- Implementing Game Audio
- Live Electronic Music
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:
Professional/industrial placements – work for a company or organisation on a professional placement year
We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree. You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment. The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.
Self-employed placement year – set up and run a business on your own or as a group
Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.
To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.
You will experience a variety of teaching through lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops.
We aim to conduct the practical elements of the course in smaller classes to aid personal professional development. You’ll also benefit from our staff’s wide variety of expertise including sonic art, digital and analogue recording, popular music performance, composition and songwriting.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year one students: 20% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 80% studying independently and 0% on work placement
- Year two students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently and 0% on work placement
- Year three students: 14% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 86% studying independently and 0% on work placement
Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes:
- practical projects
- working journals
- academic and evaluative essays
- oral presentations
- case studies
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year one students: 0% by written exams, 55% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
- Year two students: 3% by written exams, 42% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
- Year three students: 0% by written exams, 19% by practical exams and 81% by coursework
Facilities & Features
Sound and music studios
You will have access to the five sound studios in our Middle Street Studio complex. You will use an impressive range of professional recording and mixing equipment including a valve 32 channel TL Audio mixing desk, an SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ. A 7.1 surround studio (Genelec) is also available for multichannel work and spatial audio projects (including a Slate Raven multi- touch console). You will also get to use the only Buchla System 7 synthesizer in a university in Europe (one of only 2 in the UK), as well as four Oakley Modular Synthesizers. Our professional high-end equipment enables you to get plenty of practical experience with high quality studio tools and electronic instruments, ensuring that you are working to an industry standard.
Specialist software and equipment
You will have access to computers equipped with the latest music software. The Mac Labs contain iMac Dual i7 computers running: Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Max/MSP (including Max for Live), Native Instruments (including Reaktor), Pure Data, and game engine software.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Other costs to consider
You may select an optional Student Enterprise Unit which incurs a cost of approximately £20.
For one of the optional units you will need access to a digital camera.
Occasional coach trips may require a contribution of up to £20.
Careers & Opportunities
Our course has a broad and diverse curriculum with the opportunity to specialise through the wide choice of optional units. This will equip you with a range of technical, creative and professional skills for future employment. Sound and music are integral aspects in most media, providing opportunities for professional employment in film, television, computer games, theatre, and festivals. Throughout your time on the course, you will create a broad creative and technical portfolio that will assist in establishing your future career.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- Audio Developer
- Music Technology Lecturer
- Musical Technician
- Studio Manager
- Studio Engineer
- Music Teacher
- Game Audio (Composition and Sound Design)
Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it is placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.