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BA (Hons) Sound and Music Technology (Top-Up) (UCAS: W3M8)

This course provides a programme of specialist learning with a strong emphasis on developing mastery of advanced practical techniques alongside the implementation of higher level academic skills in a dedicated music technology environment.

It is designed as a top-up to the college’s Foundation Degree in Sound & Music Technology and builds on the skills developed at Levels 4 and 5.Students will be expected to undertake higher level research within their specific area of interest, as well as developing a strong portfolio of practical work to showcase their studio and production skills.

The course can be undertaken in full time mode or distance learning mode incorporating video tutorials, a fixed number of Saturday seminars and access to the College VLE.

Description

Students will study five core modules, which will develop their systematic understanding of the field; including key areas at the forefront of the industry. They will develop the ability to synthesise arguments and theory within the discipline, as well as apply the methods and techniques that they have learned in order to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding. As well as to initiate and carry out practical projects.

The Game Audio module aims to provide students with experience of using industry-standard middleware to produce audio assets and complex, flexible scores for modern video games. This will be underpinned by extensive research into current developments in the field in relation to both technology and composition. Contemporary Composition & Arrangement includes techniques and methods to allow students become competent composers in a multitude of genres, both in their own right and as compliment to other media. Music Enterprise requires students to design, implement and manage their own business within the music industry. Post-Production allows students to investigate modern methods relating to stereo, surround and multimedia post-production. The Major Production Project double module is a student-led module requiring students to produce a professional media product, in addition to documenting the creative and technical process through reflective and reflexive models and logging around 200 hours of studio recording time.

Teaching

Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects, independent study and distance learning using a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Course Leader profile

Jim Wheatley

A subject specialist, Jim has experience in sound engineering, recording, production, mixing, game audio and music theory, having taught each of these disciplines across a variety of courses. Before joining Calderdale College he worked for almost ten years in the creative industries, producing podcasts for an award-winning counter culture magazine and creating music and sound design for a Nottingham-based production company. Jim also holds a higher level teaching qualification and a masters degree in music production, ensuring his industry experience is backed up with academic competency. Cutting his teeth as a vinyl DJ, he then pushed a live act based around innovative software instruments and hardware controllers, touring and performing around the country for many years. His main focus now is on production, composing electronic music and releasing on a variety of independent dance music labels, receiving support from DJs and producers across the drum n bass scene.

Entry Requirements

This is a Level 6 entry programme and applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate qualifications worth 240 credit points such as: • Foundation Degree in Sound and Music Technology or related area • HND in Music Technology or related area • The first two years of an Honours Degree in Music Technology or related area • Diploma in Higher Education in Music Technology or related area. Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

It is designed as a top-up to the College’s Foundation Degree in Sound and Music Technology and builds on the skills developed at Levels 4 and 5. Alternatively, applicants who have an undergraduate qualifications worth 240 credit points including: • Foundation Degree in Sound & Music Technology or related area • HND in Music Technology or related area • The first two years of an Honours Degree in Music Technology or related area • Diploma in Higher Education in Music Technology or related area

What will be studied?

Modules may include Music Enterprise, Game Audio, Contemporary Composition & Arrangement, Post Production and Major Production Project.

What does the student do on completion of the course?

Students will be qualified to work as freelance sound designers, producers, sound engineers, game audio designers or composers for a wide range of media.

How is the course assessed?

The Course is modular, with two modules studied per semester and one double module studied throughout the whole year. Assessment is through a combination of written reports and practical tasks.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Upon completion of the degree students will be able to progress to careers in the music industry or further their studies by undertaking a Masters degree. Students will be qualified to work as freelance sound designers, producers, sound engineers, game audio designers or composers for a wide range of media.

Support

Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: W3M8
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week
  • Days: Tuesday & Thursday
  • Start Time: Variable
  • End Time: Variable
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Fees: £8000. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk. Please contact Student Services for further information 01422 399367. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker

Qualifications

  • Level: BA Hons
  • Qualification Name: BA (Hons) Sound and Music Technology
  • Awarding Body: The Open University.

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