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Music Technology BASc (Hons)

Design your degree by combining music arts and sciences in your own way, and become an all-round music technology expert.
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Overview

Reasons to study Music Technology BASc at De Montfort University:

 

  • Explore the whole spectrum of music technology, from performance and production techniques to developing software and audio engineering.
  • On this course, you will study a range of topics from the scientific and technical to the creative and artistic. Modules include: an introduction to studio techniques, performing with technology, procedural programming formusic, live sound and location recording, plugin development and ensemblerecording.
  • Tailor your degree by choosing from the broad selection of optional modules available to develop your key interests and prepare you for careers such as performance artist, studio engineer, software designer and composer.
  • Embark on enriching trips abroad with #DMUglobal, our international experiences programme, with recent opportunities including working and performing in spaces in Sweden, Italy and France.
  • Join a number of groups and societies, including DMU Music, the award winning Demon Media and Dirty Electronics, an ensemble of staff and students building their own instruments for performance.

 

Music Technology BASc (Hons) is an innovative degree at DMU that will let you explore, choose, and develop the skills you want to shape your future in music industries. Exceptional opportunities in music technology can arise for individuals who can link creative vision with deep technical understanding. The design of the BASc Music Technology degree — the only one in the UK — reflects this. Every year you will be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules to tailor your knowledge of Music and Audio Technology: half of your modules from arts-oriented BA options and the other half from technology and science-oriented BSc options.

 

More courses like this:

Audio and Recording Technology BSc (Hons)

Creative Sound Technology FdSc

Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

Digital Music Technology BSc (Hons)

Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J936

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition 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: J936

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

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.

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

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 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

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 (optional)
  • Live Coding (optional)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (optional)
  • Foundations of Music (optional*)
  • Creating with Technology (optional*)
  • Performing with Technology (optional*)
  • Writing and Research / Academic Essentials (core)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (core)
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (optional)
  • Audio Electronics Fundamentals (optional)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing (optional)
  • Studio Recording Essentials (optional)
  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals (optional)

Second year

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Arts (core)
  • Further Digital Signal Processing (core)
  • Composing with Technology (optional)
  • Performing with Technology (optional)
  • Sounds and Images (optional)
  • Creative Coding (optional)
  • Sound Diffusion (optional)
  • Studio Production Techniques (optional)
  • Procedural Programming for Music (optional)
  • Further Audio Electronics (optional)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (optional)
  • Live Sound and Location Recording (optional)
  • Electronic Instrument Building (optional)
  • Acoustics Fundamentals (core)
  • Sound for Screen (optional)
  • Spatial Composition (optional)
  • Visual Programming for Music (optional)
  • Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (optional)
  • Ensemble Recording (optional)
  • Plugin Development (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)
  • Sound Design (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 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 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.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Graduates have the key skills to pursue a variety of careers within the creative and media industries. Typical areas of employment include studio engineering, radio and television production, music for film and video, post-production, computer game sound design, technical sales and support, audiovisual installation, multimedia and web design.

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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 DMU Global, 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.

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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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