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Audio and Music Technology (Confetti Nottingham)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,E

64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Level or equivalent qualifications

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

64 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

64 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level National Extended Certificate and two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications

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

MPP

We will consider T Levels for entry to this course, either as stand-alone qualifications or in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications, in accordance with the specified course tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Audio technology

This industry-focused music production degree is ideal if you have a passion for music and audio production and want to develop a highly attractive portfolio of technical and creative skills that will help you pursue a successful career in the creative industries.

The course covers the science and technology of audio and recording systems and how these can be used effectively in recording, mixing, mastering and sound design. Alongside this emphasis on industry skills, the variety of teaching and learning activities in each of the modules will allow you to build a distinctive and varied portfolio of work by the end of your course.

On this course you’ll study at our brand new contemporary music and events hub - Metronome. You’ll have access to;

Studer A827 2-inch machine
Brand new 48-channel SSL Duality desk
Freestanding Exigy monitors
Edit rooms equipped with 8-bus consoles
Industry-standard production studios including SSL, Neumann and Schoeps equipment
Specialist IT Suites with Logic, Pro Tools, N.I Komplete M4L and Ableton software
Performance rehearsal rooms
300 capacity live events venue
Post-production suites including Soundfield, 5.1, Foley Room, Binaural and VR technology

Modules

Year 1

Audio Production Technology (20 Credit Points)

You’ll learn practical studio recording techniques alongside the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in location-recording scenarios. You’ll learn how developments in audio technology have shaped the way we create, edit and manipulate sound and music, as well as developing critical listening skills; as you’re introduced to various approaches and tools for mixing music.

Electronic Music Production (20 Credit Points)

You’ll get grounding in the skills necessary to create audio work derived from electronic (analogue or digital) means. You’ll be introduced to core technological concepts such as sequencing, sound syntheses, sampling and mixing, as well as musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement.

The Audio and Music Industry (40 Credit Points)

In this module, you’ll study current industry trends, examining and evaluating how changes in technology have affected music and audio content. You’ll also be introduced to client management through the completion of a live client brief.

Research Methods in Audio and Music Technology (20 Credit Points)

You’ll learn to research and select appropriate methodologies to progress your assessments and assignments. This module is designed to develop your understanding of research methodologies helping you build a foundation for your academic work.

Sound and Audio Theory (20 Credit Points)

You’ll adopt a more scientific approach during this module – solving problems, interpreting data and presenting your findings. You’ll develop an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning audio and music technology, such as sound theory, analogue and digital audio principles.

Year 2

Advanced Audio Production (40 Credit Points)

You’ll learn how decisions made at each stage of an audio production, from recording, editing and mixing through to final master, impact on the quality of the final product. A strong research emphasis into current and historical trends in audio production will help frame your work and you’ll develop your technical proficiency alongside problem-solving and client management.

Creative Audio and Music Technology (40 Credit Points)

You’ll explore new and emerging audio technologies, developing knowledge of music technology outside commercial sound. You’ll use a range of different methodologies in the production of your work, combining software and hardware technologies in the creation and control of your sound.

Acoustics and Electronics (20 Credit Points)

You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the application of sound sources, spaces and music technology equipment. You’ll learn about room and instrument acoustics, as well as the design and application of audio systems.

Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

During this module you'll undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

The Uni


Course location:

Confetti Institute of Creative Technology

Department:

School of Confetti

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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.

65%
low
Audio technology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Others in technology

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

63%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
32%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


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Engineering and technology

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

62%
Engineering professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
5%
Architects, town planners and surveyors

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