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University of Huddersfield

Music and Sound for Image

UCAS Code: WJ36

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including a minimum grade B in Music or Music Technology.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

to include modules in Music or Music Technology.

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including Higher Level Music or Higher Level Music Technology at grade 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Music Technology or Music.

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level or Distinction in BTEC in Music or Music Technology.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Music

Audio technology

Film and sound recording

**Films, TV, computer games, even apps, so much of the media we experience nowadays comes with sound and music. If you enjoy working on your own compositions and sound design, and you’re excited by what you could accomplish, this course could help you prepare for a career in creating music for imagery.**

Right from the start we’ll give you the chance to immerse yourself in an environment ideally suited to working with sound. The course offers training in music composition, orchestration, conducting and performance. You’ll also be able to get involved in sound recording, audio production, sound design and film theory.

The facilities at Huddersfield are of a professional standard. You’ll have plenty of recording and composition studio space to use if you need it. And we make sure to keep upgrading the equipment, so we’re always up-to-date with the industries you want to go into.

We believe in being collaborative too. The course is at the centre of a hive of creativity. You’ll be able to mix and work with fellow students who will be aspiring classical and pop musicians, recording engineers, programmers, audio electronics experts and interface designers.

While you’re here you might be able to work with some leading practitioners from the world of sound and vision too. We’ve previously hosted visits from Ray Russell, the documentary film composer who worked on A Touch of Frost, producers Charlie Russell and Brad Spence, drummers Mike Heaton, Bill Bruford and Craig Blundell, guitarist Alex Hutchins and jazz saxophonists Snake Davis and Andy Scott.

Every November you’ll be able to see contemporary music in action at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK’s largest contemporary music festival, and the label-defying Electric Spring Festival.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Introduction to Audiovisual Research
Desktop Music Production 1
Music for the Moving Image A
Stylistic Composition
Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include:
Sonic Arts and Electronica 1
Composition 1
Performance Skills 1

Year 2
Core modules:
Inside the Music Business
Sound for Image A
Orchestration 1
Desktop Music Production 2

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include:
Composition 2: Composition Techniques and Analysis
Scoring the Silver Screen: the Musicology of Film and Television
Studio Production and Spatial Recording Techniques
Sonic Arts and Electronica 2
Performance Skills 2 (Minor)
Games Audio

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Final Year Project

Option modules:
Choose at least one from a list which may include:
Explorations in World Musics 2
Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
Music, Gender and Identity

Choose two or three from a list which may include:
Performance Skills 3 (Minor)
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
Composition Practice
Experimental Music 2
Work and Professional Practice in Music

Assessment methods

Study and assessments will be based on your choice of modules; this can include performances, compositions, presentations, examinations, learning journals, portfolios, recitals, essays and technical documents. The final year large project is based on your choice of specialism.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Music and Drama

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Music
77%
med
Audio technology
81%
med
Film and sound recording

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below 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

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Others in technology

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
C

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services 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.

Others in technology

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.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Functional managers and directors
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but over half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, in marketing, or in business were also popular — these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. Another degree that falls under this heading is in transport logistics (told you it was broad!), and those graduates did particularly well as our whole just-in-time retail economy really needs good logistics skills - and graduates with those qualifications are in serious shortage. But your prospects do depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.

Cinematics and photography

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Design occupations
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music

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

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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.

Audio 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.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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.

Film and sound recording

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

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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