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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Sound Technology (including Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: PW33

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E,E

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

48 UCAS Tariff points

48 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

48

Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Music technology

This practical course trains you in live sound which can lead to an exciting career in a variety of settings including theatre, music festivals and radio. It is designed for students who are not necessarily musicians or performers and prefer the challenges of using technology to enable performance.

This course is based on exploring current and emerging technologies relating to audio production, and how these can be used to create music and sound for many applications. To achieve this we have a range of high quality studios and performance spaces on campus that act as catalysts for the creative application of technology.

As well as the studio spaces, the course makes full use of the facilities in the Centre for the Creative Industries.

Modules

Year 1 (Foundation Year)
 
During your foundation year you’ll receive an introduction to live working with creative media technology.  You will learn through experience of working with radio, recording, TV and journalism, as well as the various stages of media production.   Students will also gain a broad overview of the current landscape of the media industries as well as introducing the social and cultural impact that the creative industries have within modern society
 
Modules
 
Creative Media Technology
Creative Media Applications 
Media, Identity, and Modern Culture
Personal Project
 
Year 2 (Level 4)
 
The first year of the course covers the core science and technology that is required to enable you to progress. There is a good mix of subjects and manners of delivery. The science has experiments that you use to investigate audio principles. You also get hands on use in the recording studio and get to grips with recording styles.
 
Modules
 
Radio Production
Audio & Visual Science
Recording Technology
Live Sound
Sound Synthesis & Sampling
Creative Futures
 
Year 3 (Level 5)
 
This level lets you apply skills you have learnt and add to your growing portfolio of knowledge. The new subjects compliment the previous year and develop you music and music programming skills.
 
Modules
 
Music Production
Research Methods
Recording Techniques 2 
Studio Design
Computing Music Programming or
Broadcast Standards (elective)
Theatre Technology 
 
Year 4 (Level 6)
 
This is the opportunity to apply what you have learnt and develop interesting installations and developments in music. The project or dissertation is the main piece of work and gives you the chance to explore an area to great depth, it can be designing and building firmware through to research into an aspect of the industry.
 
Modules
 
Collaborative Performance
Location recording
Audio Post-Production
Live Systems
Project (option) or
Dissertation (option)
 
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

There is a range of assessment methods used for this course including creating music productions, essays, work based learning, portfolios, reports and presentations.

All assessments will be course based and therefore there are no traditional exams.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of the Creative Arts

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Creative arts and design

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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UK students
0%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate
244

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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