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Music Technology BASc (Hons)

This course is designed to expand your creative vision and develop a deep technical understanding by blending half of your modules from arts-oriented BA options and half from technology and science-oriented BSc options, to hone your expertise in the full spectrum of Music Technology.
Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Overview

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This course - the only BASc in Music Technology in the country - has been designed to link creative vision with deep technical understanding. We will help you to explore and develop creatively and technically, equipping you with the skills to shape your future in the music industry.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of modules to tailor your knowledge of Music Technology: half of your modules from arts-oriented BA options and the other half from technology-oriented BSc options. Modules that you will explore include Performing with Technology, Procedural Programming for Music, Location recording, Plugin Development and Ensemble Recording.

Learn how to create new and innovative musical performance models and develop existing ones. You will produce projects involving both solo and small group performances, and learn how to document and evaluate your work. At the same time, you will learn about audio engineering fundamentals and how science and engineering underpins the technology used for sound creation and production.

Throughout your studies, emphasis is placed upon gaining practical experience and applying it in professional studios to prepare you for your future career, whether that is within the media and music industries, or striking out on your own as an independent freelance creative.

Key features

  • Explore the whole spectrum of music technology, from performance and production techniques to software development and audio engineering.
  • Learn from our internationally-recognised staff who will provide you with wide-ranging musical, scientific and technological expertise.
  • Benefit from networking with a wide range of guest speakers who share insights from their personal and professional experience.
  • Tailor your degree by choosing from the broad selection of optional modules available to develop your key interests and prepare you for a variety of careers, from a performance artist to a studio engineer, software designer, or composer.
  • Join a number of groups and societies, including DMU Music, the award winning Demon Media and Dirty Electronics, an ensemble of staff and students who build their own instruments for performance.

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Student success

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J936

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J936

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250 with our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship (T&Cs apply).

Find out more about available funding for international students.

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 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

UCAS Tariff changes

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

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course 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

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Sound Analysis and Perception (core)
  • Introduction to Music and Sonic Art (core)
  • Introduction to Studio Techniques (core)
  • Live Coding (core)
  • Writing and Research / Academic Essentials (core)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (core)
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing & Synthesis (core)

 

Second year

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Arts (core)
  • Further Digital Signal Processing (core)
  • Composing with Technology (optional)
  • Performing with Technology (optional)
  • Sound and Image (optional)
  • Creative Coding (optional)
  • Studio Production Techniques (optional)
  • Procedural Programming for Music (optional)
  • Further Audio Electronics (optional)
  • Live Sound and Location Recording (optional)
  • Acoustics Fundamentals (core)
  • Visual Programming for Music (optional)
  • Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (optional)
  • Negotiated Project (optional)

Final year

  • MAT Research Project (core)
  • Music, Media and Community Arts (optional)
  • MAT Personal Practice (optional)
  • Sound Installations and Environments (optional)
  • Composing for Dance (optional)
  • Music Industry Management 1 (optional)
  • Music Industry Management 2 (optional)
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (optional)
  • Algorithmic Music (optional)
  • Acoustics Applications (optional)
  • Spatial Audio Production (optional)
  • Music Information Retrieval (optional)
  • Advanced Musical Electronics (optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Music (optional)

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 studios. Our internationally recognised staff provide you with wide-ranging musical, scientific and technological expertise. Teaching is carried out through lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, rehearsals, studio workshops and lab sessions. You will normally attend around 8-12 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and can expect to undertake at least 32 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research. Project-based learning is used to develop your research, presentation and communication skills. Self-motivation is a key ingredient and outside set teaching times you will also attend concerts and performances and benefit from a wide range of guest speakers who share insights from their personal experience.

 

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.

 

 

Facilities and features

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.

These studio facilities feature mixing desks by SSL, Audient and Yamaha, microphones by Neumann, AKG and Sennheiser, and digital audio workstations such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live, each equipped with comprehensive libraries of audio effects and samples.

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.

Specifically, the facilities include:

 


  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with high-definition 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.

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

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Graduate careers

Previous Music Technology graduates have gone on to a range of fantastic careers in the music industry, including roles at companies such as Spotify, setting up their own successful sound studio in New York, launching their very own album, to graduating with a PhD.

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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 placement year, 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.

Previous Music Technology BASc students have taken up placements with major companies, such as audio-visual technology company Dolby Europe Limited and global digital distribution and label services company Horus Music Limited.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with CV writing workshops, mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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During the course, students can also take advantage of the many opportunities and initiatives presented by DMU's Music, Technology and Innovation Institute of Sonic Creativity, taking part in interactive music festivals and working on projects that focus on the innovative application of new technologies to music.

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our 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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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) 

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different 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 DSU’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.