Sound & Music Technology BA (Hons) Top-up

UCAS Code: W3M8

1 Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Foundation Degree Sound and Music Technology or FD/HND in a related subject area

Course Info

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 online learning platform.

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 to 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.

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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).

Lecturer Profile

Course Leader: Jim Wheatley cut his teeth as a vinyl DJ, and now works hard pushing a live act based around innovative software instruments and hardware controllers, whilst still dedicating much of his time to his first musical passion as a mix engineer. He has experience in the areas of World Music, sound engineering, production, mixing and music theory, having taught each of these disciplines for several years. Before starting teaching he worked for almost ten years in the creative industries, producing podcasts for an award-winning counter-culture magazine and producing music and sound design for a Nottingham-based production company.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

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.

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