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Music Technology BA (Hons)

Combine studio and performance skills with the possibilities offered by new technology to create original music and explore innovative forms of music-making.

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Overview

Lecturer Susanne gives us a tour of some of the music spaces available to students at DMU.

DMU’s Music Technology BA is a distinctive, dynamic and market-leading course that challenges conventions in music composition and performance 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.

The course is taught by internationally recognised, experienced musicians who are active performers, composers and researchers.

Our professional, broad-minded and flexible graduates are well positioned to succeed in the thriving and rapidly changing contemporary digital media and music industries, and have a very strong track record at gaining employment as composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists, session musicians, recording engineers, producers and audio technicians in music management, theatre, TV and radio content and production.  

Our superb facilities allow you to explore areas such as spatialisation, musical computing, sound recording and video. We also have an extremely lively musical community with frequent concerts, events, music profession visitors and student exchanges.

Key features

  • Much of this programme is based in DMU's Creative Technology Studios, where you will benefit from access to audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems. You will also benefit from access to our Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE), which features performance and rehearsal spaces, including our specialist 33-channel loudspeaker system.
  • Join a dynamic musical community which hosts concerts and workshops and has a number of musical groups such as the Dirty Electronics ensemble. The university also has many active student musical societies, including the Music Society, Recording Society, Sound Design Society, and DJ Society.
  • Have opportunities to present your work at some of Leicester's most important cultural institutions, including the CURVE Theatre, the Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, and creative hub LCB Depot.
  • Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the award-winning Demon Media group, which includes the Demon FM radio station and Demon TV.
  • Through our Music, Technology and Innovation Institute for Sonic Creativity you can take part in events, undertake creative research, work with professional artists, lead workshops and contribute to international research projects.
  • Benefit from guest lectures from 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.
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W342

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

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W342

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

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

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. 

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

Block 1: Introduction to Studio Recording & Production

Block 2: Ideas in Music & Technology

Block 3: Sound Analysis & Synthesis

Block 4: Making and Performing Music 1: Tools & Techniques

Year two

Block 1: Creative & Professional Work: Presentation & Promotion

Block 2: Film, Games & Media

Block 3: Studio Recording & Production

Block 4: Making and Performing Music 2: Topics & Projects

Year three

Block 1: Advanced Production Skills and Mastering

Block 2: Making & Performing Music 3: Personal Portfolio

Block 3: Applied & Collaborative Projects

Block 4: Final Project

Teaching and assessment

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. Outside of your normal timetabled hours you will be expected to conduct independent study each week to complete preparation tasks, assessments and research.

Course delivery is in block mode, which means each 30 credit module consists of a seven week teaching block.

Students will participate in a variety of learning experiences in Music Technology. Students will experience both teacher-led sessions (synchronous and asynchronous lectures) and also be directed through various interactive learning opportunities. These will include flipped classroom models, project work, lab classes, rehearsal and performance sessions, essays, seminars, tutorials. Thus, students will be encouraged to develop their own learning strategies and conduct various forms of independent learning. The opportunities for increased independent learning increases both with progression through the degree. Through the various formats and independent learning opportunities, students will acquire an appropriate level of musical and technical knowledge, discipline specific and generic cognitive skills, and the discipline specific and generic technical skills associated with graduate capability.

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

Creative Technology Studios

Our multi-million pound creative technology studios feature a range of high-specification equipment. You will benefit from our multichannel composition studios and a suite of recording studios, as well as industry-standard software for recording, creating and manipulating sound.

Technical Instructor Tim gives us a tour of some of the music spaces available to students at DMU.

We have purpose-built audio recording and production facilities, and a multichannel performance space with loudspeaker orchestra and broadcast-standard radio station. You will also be able to borrow from a substantial resource of audio and audio-visual equipment. This includes mixers, audio interfaces, DI boxes, stereo multichannel field recording kits, and studio and stage microphones.

Music, Technology and Innovation Research Lab (MTIRL)

The MTIRL  is the key research facility of the MTI Research Centre, for use by postgraduate students and research staff. It includes a large-scale diffusion/composition studio, a dedicated 5.1 surround studio, and a Sound Art Lab. More details are available on the MTI Institute for Sonic Creativity website.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate careers

Students learn a range of skills in on-location, live, AV and studio production, allowing you to pursue a career in music production, audio engineering, sound design, remixing and mastering, radio, TV or games.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation, including the Music Technology and Innovation MA course offered at DMU.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on our audio and music courses have explored sonic arts in Berlin, translated art into music in Stockholm and toured the home of hip hop in New York. Planning is also under way for a trip to Tokyo, where students can experience contemporary Japanese art, youth culture, and music and audio technology.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a work-based placement, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

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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