Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 1.5 years full-time
UCAS code: J930
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Further your understanding of the technology behind the music production process and develop your technical skills with our Music Technology top-up course.

If you have a BTEC HND or Foundation degree (FdSc) in an appropriate subject - such as Music Technology, Music Production, Music Performance or Popular Music Practice - this course allows you to convert your qualification into a BSc (Hons) degree.

The Music Technology top-up course aims to prepare you for work within the professional music industry, and will give you an in-depth understanding of the technology which underpins the music production process. You’ll gain technical skills in recording, studio design, DAW software sequencing and editing along with developing your more creative skills such as mixing and mastering techniques, composition and audio processing.

Music recording has become increasingly broad and diverse which has created new and exciting challenges for the music technologist of today. From producing music for various different musical genres, and for different media types such as CD, Digital Download, Surround Sound and Compressed Audio, music technologists and engineers require many more creative and technical skills than ever before.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Music Technology

Course content

Your course is very flexible, giving a range of optional modules to enable you to develop specialist skills in areas such as composition, performance, software design, sound design or post production.

There’s a strong emphasis on practical work, using our extensive resources – including five fully-equipped recording studios, all with surround sound and consoles from SSL (AWS 900 SE), Avid, Audient and Toft. We also have a 60-seater Mac Music Technology Centre incorporating Logic, Ableton Live, Reaktor and MAX/ MSP. We have accredited Avid and Apple trainers so you can gain qualifications in Logic and ProTools.

After Year 1, you’ll be eligible for a BSc ordinary degree, but most students return in Year 2 to upgrade to a full honours degree. During Year 2, you’ll complete a music dissertation and portfolio. You can study part-time over the whole academic year, or full-time if you want to finish in the first semester.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Mixing & Mastering Technology Compulsory
Practical Studio Techniques Optional
DAW Production Techniques Optional
Studio and Venue Acoustics Optional
Digital Performance Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games Optional
Intermedia Art Optional
Sound for Mobile Devices Optional
Teacher Training Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Mixing & Mastering Technology Compulsory
Practical Studio Techniques Optional
DAW Production Techniques Optional
Studio and Venue Acoustics Optional
Digital Performance Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games Optional
Intermedia Art Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games (Intermediate) Optional
Advanced Pro Tools HD Techniques Optional
Commercial Recording Management Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Music Technology Portfolio Compulsory
Music Technology Dissertation Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.