Music Technology Foundation Degree (FdSc)

About the course

Music Technology gives you the opportunity to study in a unique creative environment and learn how to mix and master professionally.

This two year course is delivered at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies| (Confetti) in Nottingham, allowing you to gain valuable practical experience in an industry environment, working with professional audio specialists and musicians. 

Reasons to study Music Technology:

  • Foundation degrees combine the best of academia and work-based learning, equipping you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to employment within industry

  • Accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support committee (JAMES), which is made up of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics who create and maintain supportive links between education and the media industries
  • Research an area of the industry which is of interest and explore and gain the relevant specialist skills required to work within it

The course introduces you to the world of the recording studio, and sets you on the road to becoming a skilled sound engineer. You will explore the creative application of technology within music, and focus on areas such as synthesis, sequencing and sampling.

Confetti is part of the Confetti Media Group which includes Spool Post (a film and TV post production company), Denizen (a record label), Constellations (designers and manufacturers of learning environments), and Antenna, Nottingham’s creative industries business centre. Confetti also houses the professional recording studio Electric Mayhem. In addition, the Confetti Media Group is part of a consortium that has won the licence to broadcast Nottingham’s first dedicated TV channel – NOTTS TV – from 2014. 

The FdSc in Music Technology is a two year course, with an option to top-up to a BSc (Hons) degree in Audio and Recording Technology after a further year's study at DMU.

Key facts

UCAS course code: J931

Duration: Two years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 120 UCAS Points from at least one A Levels or equivalent (Subject specific requirements may apply), plus five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Pass Pass Pass (PPP) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A level or AS Levels.
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

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

Teaching and assessment

The course is a mixture of theory and practice involving complex and demanding practical projects and assignments. In addition to attending lectures and seminars, there will be ample scope for independent learning involving remix and studio session time and an involvement in running Confetti’s flagship studio and record label, Electric Mayhem.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Course modules

First Year

  • Music Industry I
  • Studio Practice I
  • Creative Music Technology I
  • Music Technology Theory I

Second Year

  • Music Industry II
  • Studio Practice II
  • Creative Music Technology II
  • Music Technology Theory II

Industry links and professional accreditation

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.

Work experience and placements

The FdSc has a strong emphasis on work based learning and you will be required to undertake challenging projects for clients and potential employers as part of your studies.

There is an events programme for you to access during the course, featuring guest speakers, business seminars and product demonstrations. You will be given access to bespoke activities during Confetti’s ‘Industry Week’ event, where a host of key industry guests gather for talks, lectures and workshops with students. Previous industry guests include: BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, Aziz Ibrahim, guitarist with Ian Brown, the Stone Roses and Paul Weller, BBC Producer Andy Rogers, Ministry of Sound DJ/Remixer Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter and former Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke.

You will build a distinctive and varied portfolio of work by the end of your studies and will also gain valuable industry experience through work experience. Recent placements have included positions as: Sound Assistants at BBC Maida Vale Studios, Technical Crew at Nottingham’s ‘Splendour’ festival and Game City festival, orchestral recordings at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, sound design for theatre productions, live sound at Nottingham’s Rock City and commercial recording sessions for local record label Denizen.

NOTTS TV will begin broadcasting to residents of the city in 2014 and Confetti students will gain invaluable, hands-on experience in running a TV station/

As well as providing industry work experience, Confetti also generates opportunities for former students through Magnify – a graduate investment programme developed by Confetti and South Nottingham College. Magnify offers graduates support and investment for their fledgling business and/ or innovative business idea.| for more information.

Graduate careers

Career opportunities exist in the creative industries, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. Graduates can apply their expertise in areas such as music production, sound recording, live sound, specialised retail, and soundtrack production for TV, games, film, web and multimedia. A large number of students successfully progress to relevant employment, self employment or to further study. On successful completion of the Foundation degree you can also progress to BSc degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Course fees are £7,950 per year.

For more information on fees and funding please contact Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies|.

How to apply


Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ

T: 0871 468 0 468


International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Confetti ICT
6 - 10 Convent Street

T: +44 (0)115 9522 075

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