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University of Huddersfield

Music Technology and Audio Systems

UCAS Code: H6W3

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

must include a Mathematics, Technical, Computing, Science or Engineering subject.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in relevant Science/Technology subjects.

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Science/Technology subjects.

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

DDM

must be in a Technical, Science, Computing or Engineering related subject.

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include a Scientific, Technical, Technology, Computing or Mathematical content/qualification.

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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Music technology

**Ever advancing technologies in the recording and audio industries mean there’s a demand for people with the right skills to help develop the next generation of music and audio technology. This course aims to give you these skills and prepare you for a wide range of exciting careers in music production and technical roles within the music and audio industries.**

This popular music orientated course combines a broad range of modules covering the technical aspects of audio system development and the creative process of music production. Having access to industry-standard recording studios and design labs you will develop practical skills that will help you stand out from the crowd. Your study will combine audio theory, recording and production, software and hardware development, business and research skills, digital audio signal processing and acoustics. It’s our goal to prepare you for exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as:

- Audio engineering

- Audio software development

- Product development

- Music production

- Live sound production

- TV and film post production

Although this is our most technically demanding course, the emphasis is very much on the practical side of things with a focus on the use and application of equipment and processes used within an audio production environment. You'll study audio electronics and the hardware and software aspects of embedded system design, all related to the latest musical interfacing and audio processing techniques. In addition, you can study modules covering studio and concert hall recording, mixing, live music production, live event audio/visual systems, acoustics and psychoacoustics.

During your studies, you'll also get to study software development and gain valuable programming skills in several different languages which include C, C++, HTML, and Javascript. This will enable you to explore the use of the software in Music Technology applications such as DAWs and Plugins.

You will have access to industry-standard recording studios and design labs where you will develop both your practical and theoretical skills. These facilities consist of nine fully equipped Pro Tools studios, two production studios, live sound facilities, two audio workstation labs, software and electronic design and embedded systems facilities.

The studios are equipped with a variety of industry standard mixing consoles including SSL, a large format 48 channel Audient mixing console, Allan & Heath and Digidesign. We also have industry standard outboard processors, effects and high quality audio plugins from UAD and Waves.

All tutors on the course have worked in the audio and music industry. Many are members of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and are active researchers in their field presenting work at both national and international level. You’ll have the chance to draw on their expertise, and gain hands-on experience too. We value research in Higher Education and see this as a key part of your studies, so you'll learn valuable research skills as part of the course.

Our graduates have gone on from the course to work for companies like Adlib Audio working on live sound with major touring artists and Calrec Audio working on new digital mixing desks, while others have gone on to technical positions at companies like Abbey Road Studios.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Professional Skills and Research Awareness
Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials
Audio Technology 1
Desktop Music Production 1
Live Music Production
Web Audio

Year 2
Core modules:
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Studio Production and Spatial Recording Techniques
Programming C and Microcontrollers
Audio Electronics
Group Project

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Making Interactive Tools for Music and Audio
Desktop Music Production 2
Live Event Audio Visual Systems

Year 3 – optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Individual Project (Music Technology)
Designing Audio Plugins - Effects and Synthesisers
Digital Audio Systems and Processing
Advanced Music Production and Mastering

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Sound for Film and Video
Interfaces for Music Expression and Production
Advanced Interactive Tool Design for Music and Audio

Assessment methods

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. 23.6% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. You’ll have guaranteed studio time each week for relevant modules and the ability to book further time in the Music Technology facilities. You are able to book time in our studios for your own work outside of tutorials and practical session.

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

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:

Engineering and Technology (CEET)

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 technology

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)

B
B
B

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
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Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
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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.

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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£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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