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Creative Sound Technology FdSc

This two year Foundation Degree at Leicester College, in association with DMU, covers a wide range of themes and topics, providing you with the necessary skills to gain employment in the music business, recording and multimedia industries, as well as the opportunity to pursue a career in the live performance support sector.

Overview

Reasons to study Creative Sound Technology at De Montfort University:

  • Develop your knowledge and expertise in the techniques and technologies associated with the recording, composition and manipulation of sound and music.
  • Leicester College is the region’s only Apple, Ableton and Roland Accredited Centre, allowing you to take both the Logic 101 Apple Certification and the Ableton Certification.
  • Relevant work skills are taught by industry active professionals and visiting guest lecturers. Previous guest lecturers have included people who have worked with or for Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, Kasabian, Happy Mondays, Pet Shop Boys, Pulp, The Subways, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Erasure, Arcade Fire, Beverly Knight, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Ray Davies, Eric Clapton, Heaven 17, Tina Turner, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals, The Charlatans and Nine Inch Nails.
  • Recent places for ‘tech visits’ have included The Big Chill Festival, Rammstein, The Killers and the Download Festival.

Combining creativity and technology in the process of recording and composing music, you will develop a professional work ethic along with the crucial skills you need, to prepare you for the demands of employment in the modern music and allied industries.

 

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: L36

UCAS course code: W372

Duration: Two years full-time, three years full-time with BSc Music Technology (top-up), four years full-time with placement.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £6,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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: L36

UCAS course code: W372

Duration: Two years full-time, three years full-time with BSc Music Technology (top-up), four years full-time with placement.

Fees and funding: £7,950

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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.

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

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of thefollowing:
  • Normally 120 UCAS points from at least one A-level in a music-related subject or equivalent or
  • Music-related subject BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at PPP or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Maths 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 with a music-related subject at higher level

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: Yes

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.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of thefollowing:
  • Normally 48 UCAS points from at least one A-level in a music-related subject or equivalent or
  • Music-related subject BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at PPP or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Maths 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 with a music-related subject at higher level

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: Yes

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.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

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First year

  • Creative Performance Technology (Theatre)
  • Essential Business Skills
  • Creative Music Applications (Sound Creation and Manipulation)
  • Creative Music Applications (Programming)
  • Introduction to Audio Recording
  • Principles of Audio (Acoustics)
  • Principles of Audio (Audio Electronics)

 

Second year

  • Live Performance Technology (Live Music Engineering)
  • Live Performance and Technology (Hard/software)
  • Freelance Business
  • Creative Music Applications (Multimedia)
  • Creative (Advanced Programming)
  • Studio Production
  • Research

This modular course will develop your expertise in recording technology, composition, acoustics, electronics and sound manipulation, via a range of industry standard projects and academic works.

 

You will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 15 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

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Leicester College is one of the largest in the UK with more than 26,900 learners studying with us on a wide range of courses, from many different backgrounds and with different ambitions and aspirations.

Facilities and features

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Facilities

You will benefit from professional grade facilities including:

  • Four acoustically treated soundproofed practice rooms
  • Three recording studios
  • Theatre
  • 45 Apple Macs
  • 15 iPads

Industry brands such as:

  • Pro Tools
  • Apple
  • SSL
  • Empirical Labs
  • Neumann
  • TLA
  • Joe Meek
  • Lexicon
  • Reaktor
  • Trace Elliot
  • Yamaha
  • Marshall
  • Roland
  • Boss
  • Line 6
  • Shure
  • AKG
  • Moog
  • Focusrite
  • Drawmer
  • Ableton
  • MAX MSP
  • Novation
  • Akai
  • Sherman
  • Alesis

Plus, we have a working live performance venue, ‘Upper Brown Street’. 

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

On successful completion of the course, you may apply for entry onto the third year of DMU’s Music Technology BSc (Hons) (subject to interview). 

Graduates find wide and varied opportunities within the music, media and allied industries. Suitable career paths would be in areas such as music production, sound engineering, broadcast and theatre production, programming, composition for multimedia and video/film and technical posts in education.

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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 dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious 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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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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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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