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Music Technology BSc (Hons)

The creative industries make a significant contribution to the British economy and will always need qualified graduates possessing the right mix of creativity and technical skills. Music Technology will give you the foundation you need for a career in music and sound.

Overview

Reasons to study Music Technology at De Montfort University:

  • Join one of the top 10 most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as rated by UCAS
    Find out why our students say #IchoseDMU
  • More than 93% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months* working for companies such as White House Sound, the Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Curve Theatre*
  • Top 10 for personal development
    this course is in the top 10 in the UK rated by The National Student Survey 2016, 100% of students said that staff were enthusiastic and good at explaining things
  • Industry accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)
    ensuring that the course content is up-to-date, relevant, and will prepare you for a professional career in the industry
  • Multi-million pound industry-standard facilities
    our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio and radio production suites, and two fully equipped recording studios
  • Work experience placements
    you will have an opportunity to apply for a work experience placement, supported by our Placements Team; in the past, we have placed students with our Creative Technology Studios and Lionhead Studios
  • Strong industry links
    ensuring that your learning is relevant to current practice, so that you are ready for graduate level employment
  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15

**The National Student Survey 2016

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the science and technological skills which underpin the music and audio industries.

You’ll learn about the complete music and audio production process from creation to delivery and create music and manipulate sound alongside established composers. There is a strong emphasis on the application of knowledge and professional practice, leading to practical and marketable skills for a variety of music and audio-related careers. You’ll also record, mix and master in our suite of comprehensively equipped studios, while learning about the important underlying electronic and computing technologies.

With optional modules in the final year, you can further develop your specific interests and tailor your degree to your intended career path.

“I’ve developed knowledge and gained many skills with this course, including studio engineering which will help me with my future business ideas.”

Stefan Gleave, Music Technology BSc (Hons)

 

 

 

 

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Audio and Recording Technology BSc (Hons)

Creative Sound Technology FdSc

Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: JW9H

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: JW9H

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditation 

 

 

First year

Introduction to Audio Production
Audio Technology I
Creating with Technology
Multimedia I

Second year

Core modules
Audio Production
Audio Technology II

Optional modules (choose two)
Composing with Technology
Computer Music Software Systems
Radio Production
Instrument Building
Multimedia II

Final year

Core modules
Studio Engineering (to be renamed Studio Production and Mastering)
Technology Final Year Project

Optional modules (choose two)
Studio Technology
AV Production
Advanced Radio Production
Music Management

Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, studio sessions, practical classes and laboratory work. Emphasis is placed upon gaining practical experience and applying it in a professional context. Areas of study include sound engineering, composition and performance, audio technology, music programming and computing, digital media and acoustics.

 

You will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 27 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required. You are assessed through a variety of methods including practical assignments, exams, technical reports, essays and presentations.

 

James Industry Accredited

This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and the UK Screen Association.

JAMES is made up of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics, and their role is to create and maintain supportive links between education and the media industries including accreditation, industry support and student careers advice.

Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.

Specifically, the facilities include:

  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
  • Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.

The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images. 

The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life. On the ground floor, visitors can eat or drink at a café selling Starbucks coffee, at Subway or at Milly Lane’s, the campus’ newest eatery run by DSU, selling freshly handmade hot and cold food, coffee and smoothies.

Also on the ground floor is a Spar and Subway. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Graduates have the key skills to pursue a variety of careers within the creative and media industries. Typical areas of employment include studio engineering, radio and television production, music for film and video, post-production, computer game sound design, technical sales and support, audiovisual installation, multimedia and web design.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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How to apply

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.

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A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

 
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