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London Metropolitan University

Music Technology and Production (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: W306

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

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time day | 2020

Subject

Music technology

**Why study this course?**

Our Music Technology and Production (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is a four-year degree with a built-in foundation year (Year 0), designed to provide you with an alternative route into higher education if you don’t have the necessary entry requirements to study a standard undergraduate degree. This course will teach you the important aspects of music technology and production. The foundation year of this course will help you build your academic ability and confidence, fully preparing you for the following three years of study.

**More about this course**

Our Music Technology and Production (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will provide you with a broad range of skills and techniques in sound, music and sonic arts.

The integrated foundation year on this four-year course is shared with other foundation degrees, allowing you to study alongside students who are interested in a variety of other specialisms and disciplines.

Throughout your foundation year you’ll develop a music technology portfolio, displaying the key proficiencies you have learned through hands-on, practice-based exercises. During the course you’ll explore the fundamental aspects of computer-based music production. The working practices and techniques you’ll develop include audio editing and mixing in our Music IT labs using Apple 5k iMacs, MIDI keyboards and a range of professional standard software including; Pro Tools 2018, Logic Pro X, Cycling ’74 Max 8, Ableton Live Suite and Steinberg Nuendo 8.

Our Music Enterprise module allows you to explore enterprise and business practices. You’ll learn the personal skills needed to develop an online presence in the form of proficiency portfolios, showcasing your work and skills to future clients and employers.

The Sound and Media module will develop your skills in the sonic arts, expanding to the music, games and film industries. You’ll establish interdisciplinary skills including recording and design of foley and sound effects for games, films and mobile apps, interactive arts and immersive media, as well as recording of original sounds, location, ADR and effects to support interactivity, narrative and action. If you find yourself more interested in studying another subject during your foundation year, there will be flexibility to do this.

Our tutors and course leaders in the London Met music department are active researchers and music industry experts who boast international careers. They have first-hand experience working with successful performers and organisations such as Clean Bandit, Echobelly, Kate Nash, Imelda May, Wolf Alice, British Broadcasting Channel (BBC), Sky and Channel 4, and continue to present their work throughout Europe, America, East Asia and Australia.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Following your foundation year, you’ll continue to study the same subjects and get the same choice of modules as those studying our Music Technology and Production BSc degree.

Modules

Example Foundation Year modules include:

Music Enterprise
Music Production
Sound and Media
Introduction to Media and Communications

Example Year 1 modules include:

Composing with Technology
Media Skills and Practice 1: An introduction to Music and Sound for Media
Creative Studio Practice 1: An introduction to Studio-based Production Techniques
Music and the Creative Industries

Example Year 2 modules include:

Applied Music Technologies
Creative Studio Practice 2: Advanced Studio-Based Production Techniques
Music and Media Context and Cultural Musicology
Sound for the Moving Image and Interactive Arts (Sonic Arts Pathway)
Composition and Live Electronics

Example Year 3 modules include:

Project (individual or collaborative)
Project Development: Music Technology
The Music sectors and Music in numbers (Music Production Pathway)
The Creative Industry (Sonic Arts Pathway)
Dissertation/Investigative Study

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through projects, in-class exams, studio reports and research essays. In your final year you’ll have the choice of producing either a dissertation or a project-based investigative study.

The Uni


Course locations:

Holloway

Aldgate

Department:

School of Computing

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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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high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

Music technology

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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