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University of Bedfordshire

Music Technology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: W11F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C-B

Successfully completed Access Diploma course

32 - 48 UCAS Tariff Points

UCAS Tariff

32-48

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Music technology

This course will enable you to work creatively with music technology. You will compose and mix music, and you will explore the many creative uses of sound in the Media Industries. You will develop knowledge and skills to support your own creativity, including critical listening, arranging, and sound recording. In addition, you will learn about principles of the underlying technology, and you will write your own computer programs in an easy-to-learn visual language.

Producing music or sound for media projects is an important part of this course. For example, you will learn to compose music for film, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from Radio, Animation, TV Production and other creative courses.

Students on BA Music Technology have access to state of the art Music Technology facilities, including a dedicated computer lab with a wide range of music software, and two recording studios.

Modules

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will be required to pass the foundation year in order to progress to the first year of your chosen degree. During your Foundation Year you will study a range of subjects designed to prepare you for the final three years of your undergraduate degree course.

Studying for HE (including current affairs and data analysis)
Two subject-specific units
Additional English (if required) either as a formal unit or as additional guided learning through our Study Hub
Integrated project that brings together all aspects of your Foundation Year and provides you with a chance to work on an independent piece of work.

Year 1
Computer Music Foundations
Production Techniques
Composition Practise
Critical Listening
Radio Skills

Year 2
Recording and Production
Computer Programming for Musical Applications
Radio
Music for Media
Music Repertoires
Music Business

Year 3
Sound for Media Collaboration
Algorithmic Composition
Radio 24/7
Final Project in Music Technology

Assessment methods

The assessment methods in the course range from traditional methods for assessing knowledge and skills (in particular exams and writing essays), to activities of practice-based research (e.g. music composition and production, computer software development).

It also includes assessment methods designed to train core skills that the University expects all courses to emphasise and focus on (e.g. presentations for practicing communication).

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Media and Performance

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Design, and creative and performing arts

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
65%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Design occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts & design

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

£13k

£13k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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