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City, University of London

Music, Sound and Technology

UCAS Code: W3W7

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Preferably including Music Technology and Mathematics or Physics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

Access to HE Diploma in Music or Music Technology

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

5, 5, 5 from three Higher Level subjects (preferably including Music and Mathematics or Physics)

Please contact the institution for further guidance

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B-B,B,C

preferably including Music, and Maths or Physics.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

preferably including Music, and Maths or Physics.

UCAS Tariff

128

typically ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Music technology

City’s innovative BSc in Music, Sound and Technology encourages you to work with music and sound in exciting new ways, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the cultural industries of today and tomorrow.              

This course is for ambitious students who want to develop an impressive portfolio of technical and creative skills. These skills will prepare you for a wide range of careers, such as music production, audio engineering, sound and interaction design, music composition for film and TV, and sound art practices.

You will learn in a highly energised and supportive department, with world-class facilities and internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music. Int he most recent survey our music students gave us 100% overall student satisfaction, one of only 3 UK universities to recieve this.  You will study music, recording, studio production techniques, composition, interactive music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, audio arts, sound synthesis, and digital signal processing.

At the Department of Music at City, University of London, you will participate in a variety of music-making activities, including a wide range of student ensembles. Our regular concert series and summer festival will introduce you to world-class musicians from classical music to world music.
To help you on your way to realising your future ambitions, we offer you the option of taking a sandwich year on an industry placement. Alternatively, you may choose to study at one of our partner institutions abroad.                                                                   

Delivered in a stimulating research-led environment with world-leading studios and recording facilities, you will learn how to develop innovative projects in recording, composition, interactive music, installation and cross-disciplinary work.

This degree has a unique focus, integrating theory and practice to help you understand the relationships between music, sound and other forms of digital media, such as film, games, web-based applications, and new modes of performance which utilise music technology in novel and innovative ways.
This course will enable you to immerse yourself in the study of music, sound and technology meaning you will develop up-to-date technical skills in digital and audio technologies. Throughout the course you will acquire imaginative strategies for producing creative and technical work, involving experimentation, speculation and rigorous investigation.

On the course you will learn how to interpret and understand music and sound in a variety of cultural and interdisciplinary contexts. Whilst developing highly transferable skills, such as creative innovation, written and oral communication, independent scholarship, research and entrepreneurialism.
Studying this course will equip you to make a significant and valuable contribution to the fields of audio production, composition, media, education, research and other areas of the cultural and creative industries.

Modules

The Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) consists of three parts, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme.

- Year One

You will study a wide range of concepts and ideas surrounding the theory and practice of music, sound and technology. Five core modules provide a comprehensive grounding in sound recording, acoustics, digital audio, media and critical theory, contextual studies and critical listening. These form a solid foundation for the more specialist topics in Years Two and Three.

- Year Two

You will develop your advanced skills in recording and audio programming, creating innovative new work. A spread of elective modules across sound studies, critical and media theory, music in popular culture, western music, applied music studies and composition allows you to enhance your understanding in specialist areas and your studies to particular strengths and interests.

- Year Three

The final year places greater emphasis on the role of sound and music in video and web applications. You will also choose from a broad range of elective modules. The major project forms a focal point for the final year of your degree, allowing you to devise and realise a large-scale individual project as the culmination of your studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of projects, practical and creative work, and examinations throughout your degree. Marks obtained in all years contribute to the final degree awarded.

Your project and practical work account for over half the final mark.

Most modules contain an assignment in the form of:

- An extended written or practical project submitted some weeks following the conclusion of the lecture series.
- A written or practical coursework assignment, in the form of a seminar presentation, a short essay, or creative and technical tasks completed before the end of the lecture series.
- For some modules, assessment is based solely on a portfolio submission.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Music technology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

After graduation


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Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

100%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Teaching and educational professionals
16%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Childcare and related personal services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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