Why study this course?
The Music Technology and Production (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is a four-year degree with a built-in foundation year (Year 0), designed to provide you with an alternative route into higher education if you don’t have the necessary entry requirements to study a standard undergraduate degree. This course will teach you the important aspects of music technology and production. The foundation year of this course will help you build your academic ability and confidence, fully preparing you for the following three years of study.
More about this course
Our Music Technology and Production (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will provide you with a broad range of skills and techniques in sound, music and sonic arts.
The integrated foundation year on this four-year course is shared with other foundation degrees, allowing you to study alongside students who are interested in a variety of other specialisms and disciplines.
Throughout your foundation year you’ll develop a music technology portfolio, displaying the key proficiencies you have learned through hands-on, practice-based exercises. During the course you’ll explore the fundamental aspects of computer-based music production. The working practices and techniques you’ll develop include audio editing and mixing in our Music IT labs using Apple 5k iMacs, MIDI keyboards and a range of professional standard software including; Pro Tools 2018, Logic Pro X, Cycling ’74 Max 8, Ableton Live Suite and Steinberg Nuendo 8.
Our Music Enterprise module allows you to explore enterprise and business practices. You’ll learn the personal skills needed to develop an online presence in the form of proficiency portfolios, showcasing your work and skills to future clients and employers.
The Sound and Media module will develop your skills in the sonic arts, expanding to the music, games and film industries. You’ll establish interdisciplinary skills including recording and design of foley and sound effects for games, films and mobile apps, interactive arts and immersive media, as well as recording of original sounds, location, ADR and effects to support interactivity, narrative and action. If you find yourself more interested in studying another subject during your foundation year, there will be flexibility to do this.
If you find yourself more interested in studying another subject during your foundation year, there will be flexibility to do this.
You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.
Following your foundation year, you’ll continue to study the same subjects and get the same choice of modules as those studying the Music Technology and Production BSc (Hons) degree.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 0 modules include:
Introduction : Film, TV and Broadcast Media (core, 30 credits)
Music Enterprise (core, 30 credits)
Music Production (core, 30 credits)
Sound and Media (core, 30 credits)
Year 1 modules include:
Audio Visual Production (core, 30 credits)
Music Technology Theory and Practice (core, 30 credits)
Music The Business (core, 30 credits)
Music and Song Writing Approaches (core, 30 credits)
Year 2 modules include:
Advanced Composition and Song Writing (core, 15 credits)
Advanced Music and Audio Production (core, 30 credits)
Advanced Sound Design (core, 15 credits)
Live Electronics (core, 15 credits)
Music Marketing and Business Planning (core, 15 credits)
Music for Film and Media (core, 15 credits)
Recording Studio Practice (core, 15 credits)
Year 3 modules include:
Analysing Popular Music (core, 15 credits)
Dissertation/Investigative Study (core, 30 credits)
Final Project (core, 30 credits)
Project Development: Music Technology (core, 30 credits)
Work Based Learning for Music Production (core, 15 credits)
Where this course can take you
This course is ideal if you’re just starting your career in music and media. You could go on to work in areas such as music production, sound recording, sound engineering and sound broadcast. Completing this degree will give you all the skills needed to work in composing, sonic arts or sound design.
You could also work in post-production, music for film, video editing, sound and music for games, as well as live sound such as sound for theatre, concerts and outdoor festivals.
What is a degree with foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.