Sound & Music Technology Foundation Degree

UCAS Code: 8H74

2 Years
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: BTEC Level 3 in related subject, 2 A Level passes or 1 A Level pass with four GCSE grades A-C/9 - 4

Course Info

The Foundation Degree in Sound and Music Technology is designed to develop the skills necessary to work in the music for media industry.

The music industry is going through a huge transitional period, in which music practitioners are having to seek new areas of employment which require a new skill set.

Through the specialist units this course will develop students’ skills and understanding of music composition, technology and production techniques and their direct relationship within the evolving world of new media, giving students the wide range of skills they need to find employment in the growing media industry, or progress to further study.

Modules may include:

  • Sound Recording Techniques
  • Audio Processing
  • Music Theory
  • Sound Design
  • Composing & Arranging
  • Production Techniques

This course is aimed at students who have a Level 3 qualification in relevant subject areas (e.g. Music, Music Technology, Media) and adults who have experience of music and music production. They are likely to be seeking employment in the music and media industries, in jobs such as sound recording, composition, sound design and audio editing, or also looking for a route into Higher Education.

The personal project modules are derived from live industry briefs, allowing you to gain real work based practical experience of creating sound and music to a brief and gaining feedback from potential employers, whilst also developing content for your professional portfolio of work, which is a useful tool to gaining future employment.

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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 and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants should possess BTEC National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma in a related subject, 2 A Level passes or 1 A Level pass with four GCSE grades A-C or 9 – 4 including English and Maths or relevant work experience.

All applicants will be interviewed, where you will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but with appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

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