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Music, Technology and Innovation BA (Hons)

Music, Technology and Innovation is a distinctive course that focuses on composition and production and explores the extraordinary musical possibilities offered by new technologies. It is ideal for forward thinking and imaginative individuals whose passion is to create exceptional music and forge a unique voice within the arts and creative industries.

Overview

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Reasons to study Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University:

  • 95% graduate employability in work or further study within six months* working for companies such as ITV, Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto)*
  • 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; allowing you to explore spatialisation, musical computing, sound recording and video
  • Guest lectures with music industry specialists
    previous guest speakers include Merzbow, Mira Calix, Tim Exile, DJ Sniff, Scanner, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Duffy, GRM, Leafcutter John, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Keith Rowe and Evan Parker
  • Research collaborations and exchanges
    with universities and institutions internationally, including Université de Paris (Sorbonne), Université de Montreal, the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and Ionian University, Corfu
  • Work experience placements
    you will have an opportunity to apply for a work experience placement, supported by our Placements Team, which will allow you to use the skills and knowledge gained on the course in a real work environment
  • 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

There is a very strong music and arts focus on this course, providing opportunities to develop engineering, computing and various cross-discipline and vocational skills. We also have an extremely lively musical community with frequent concerts, events, music, professional visitors and student exchanges.

You will explore an extensive range of approaches to creating and performing, such as multi-track recording and production, sound synthesis theory and practice, music and sound for moving image, site-specific and installation work, computer coding for the creative artist, and advanced surround sound and diffusion.

You will also study digital and post-digital history and aesthetics to inspire your creative vision and link your music meaningfully to the world. Based on your goals, you will choose specific compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research more deeply, particularly as you enter our highly flexible third year of study.

 

 

“I would definitely recommend this course to others - if you are looking to progress in your musical abilities whilst also learning how to grow creatively in an innovative environment, then this is the course for you. I have zero regrets in doing this degree, and I can’t speak highly enough of the lecturers who supported me not only to develop myself, but also gave me strength during the difficult times and made sure they saw me through to graduate and become a better person.”

Nat Powers, Music, Technology and Innovation BA (Hons)

 

 

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2013/14 

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J932

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

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £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: D26

UCAS course code: J932

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

Fees and funding: £12,250

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

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 260 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Music or Music Technology at grade C or above or
  • Music or Music Technology BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Music or Music Technology course with at least 15 credits in Music or Music Technology at merit. 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: 28+ points with Music or Music Technology at higher level grade 5

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 6.5 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 the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Music or Music Technology at grade C or above or
  • Music or Music Technology BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Music or Music Technology course with at least 15 credits in Music or Music Technology at merit. 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: 28+ points with Music or Music Technology at higher level grade 5

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 6.5 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

 

 

 

Year one modules 

  • Foundations of Music (core)
  • Introduction to Audio Production (core)
  • Digital Cultures (core)
  • Creating with Technology (core)

Year two modules

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (core)
  • Composing with Technology (core)
  • Audio Production (optional)
  • Creative Coding for Music (optional)
  • Electronic Musical Instrument Building (optional)
  • Sound in Space (optional)
  • Sound and Image (optional)

 

Year three modules

  • Dissertation or Final Performance Project (core)
  • Advanced Creative Projects (optional)
  • Installation Art (optional)
  • Music, Media and Community Arts (optional)
  • Composing with Dance (optional)
  • Music Industry Management (optional)
  • Media Industry Management (optional)
  • Studio Engineering (optional)
  • Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies (optional) 

Our internationally recognised staff provide you with wide-ranging musical and technological expertise. Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and rehearsals and you will have extensive individual contact. Assessment is primarily through musical, practical and written coursework. Self-motivation is a key ingredient and outside set teaching times you are expected to research and develop your own projects as well as to attend concerts and performances with an engaged and critical ear.

Students experience high-quality teaching from expert and highly committed staff. All are practising musicians working with technology, who regularly publish and present their work in concerts nationally and internationally. We have links with renowned institutions worldwide through our internationally acclaimed research centre. Teaching and research strengths include digital music composition, real-time computer applications in performance, creative work mixing audio and video, algorithmic composition, internet music, improvisation with technology, cross-arts creative work, studio engineering, and musical analysis and criticism.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 10-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art, fully digitally equipped performance and teaching spaces, including a multi-million pound Performance Arts Centre for Excellence building. 

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.

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

The creative industries are a huge economic growth area and digital music and audio are central to contemporary media. Recent graduates are now composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists and session musicians, recording engineers, producers, and audio technicians.

They also work in music management, theatre, radio content and production, television, music retail, music and internet publishing, software development, and music education at all levels. Graduates have found employment with large companies such as the BBC (radio and television), ITV, Sony Music, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto).

Smaller genre based labels have included Ninja Tune and K7, as well as wide range of content and postproduction companies. Graduates have also worked for prestigious recording studios, including Abbey Road, Great Linford Manor, Townhouse Studios and Metropolis Studios. 

They also have a very strong record in entrepreneurship, with success stories in both freelance and new company start ups, in music creation and production, recording, sound design, music for media, music technology equipment supply and technical support, acoustics consultancy and studio design, along with online forms of distribution and sales. Some of our students make waves in the music industry even while they are still on the course.

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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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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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