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Music, Sound and Technology

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

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Please contact the institution for further guidance

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

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Music technology

Developed to respond to the growing demand for flexible music and audio professionals, the course is focused on equipping you with an exceptional range of intellectual, technical and creative skills.

This degree has a unique focus to help you understand the relationships between music, sound and other forms of digital media. For example, film, games, web-based applications, and novel modes of performance.

- Learn in a highly energised department, with internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music

- Train in facilities that include advanced recording and composition studios, and performance and practice spaces

- Study music, recording, studio production techniques, composition, interactive music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, audio arts, sound synthesis, and digital signal processing

- Participate in music-making activities, including student ensembles, regular concerts and summer music festival

- Learn in a stimulating research-led environment with world-leading studios and recording facilities

- Develop up-to-date technical skills in digital and audio technologies

- Follow in the footsteps of students who have undertaken a placement year with Les Miserables, London Philharmonic, and other organisations

Modules

In year 1, you are exposed to a wide range of concepts and ideas surrounding the theory and practice of music, sound and technology. Five core modules provide comprehensive grounding in sound recording, acoustics, digital audio, media and critical theory, contextual studies and critical listening in order to form a platform for more specialist topics in years 2 and 3.

Core modules include:
- Practical Musicianship 1
- Critical Listening
- Sound Design
- Sound Recording and Studio Techniques 1
- Music, Sound and Technology

In year 2, you develop advanced skills in recording and audio programming, while applying these skills towards the creation of innovative new work. A spread of electives across sound studies, critical and media theory, music in popular culture, western music, applied music studies and composition allows you to enhance their understanding in specialist areas and tailor their studies to particular strengths and interests.

Core modules include:
- Practical Musicianship 2
- Sound Recording and Studio Techniques 2
- Interactivity for Music and Sound

Elective modules include:
- Work Placement
- Composition (Studio)
- Composition (Instrumental)
- Composition (Moving Images)
- Performance 2A
- Global Perspectives: London’s Musical Communities
- Fifty Shades of Red. Russia in the Twentieth Century
- The American Century
- Web Creation and Digital Storytelling
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process
- Global Popular Musics
- Sound, Music and the Moving Image
- Electronic Dance Music
- Rhythm
- Sound, Art and Technoculture
- Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
- Performance Practice
- Nineteenth-Century Opera
- Lieder
- Principles of Music Education

Your final year places core emphasis on the role of sound and music in moving image 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 the degree, allowing you to devise and realise a large-scale individual project as the culmination of their studies.

Core modules include:
- Major Project: Music, Sound and Technology
- Major Project: Dissertation
- Major Project: Composition
- Sound and Image Interaction -Mastering Advanced Production

Elective modules include:
- Web Creation and Digital Storytelling
- Composition (Studio)
- Composition (Instrumental)
- Composition (Moving Images)
- Global Perspectives: London’s Musical Communities
- Performance 3A
- Fifty Shades of Red. Russia in the Twentieth Century
- The American Century
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Place and Space
- Disruptive Divas, Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
- Sound, Art and Technoculture
- Global Popular Musics
- Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process
- Sound, Music and the Moving Image
- Electronic Dance Music
- Rhythm
- Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
- Performance Practice
- Nineteenth-Century Opera
- The Classical Style: Music, Aesthetics, Society
- Lieder
- Principles of Music Education
- Sensing Music

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 assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year 3 is 60%

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,460
per year
International
£15,460
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Music

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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.

50%
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
70%
Staff are good at explaining things
60%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
53%
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

84%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

Performing arts

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

£14k

£14k

£20k

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£15k

£15k

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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