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University of Portsmouth

Music and Sound Technology

UCAS Code: GJ49

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

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Audio technology

**Overview**
If you want a career in the music industry in a creative or technical capacity, this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology degree is the perfect course for you.

Using the same technology as the professionals, you'll learn to manage complex recording sessions and perform and compose music for media such as film and video games.

If you’ve got the imagination and determination, we’ll help you develop skills that allow you to thrive in the music industry. At the end of the course, you'll be set for a career in a variety of roles, from producing music to working as a studio engineer.

**Accreditations**
This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). JAMES is a group of industry professionals and employers that represent the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services), MPG (The Music Producers Guild) and associate industry bodies.

The JAMES accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the music industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

We’re also one of only two Universities in the country to be a Wwise certified school, enabling us to teach and use Wwise game audio software, and we're an Avid Learning Partner which means we deliver Protools training to Avid's professional standards.

You are also able to access additional certificates with both Wwise and Protools to enhance your future career prospects.

**What you'll experience**
On this Music and Sound Technology degree course you'll:

- Learn the professional and practical skills you need to work effectively in the music industry

- Tackle topics like games audio, composition, sound design, and studio recording and production

- Be taught by a team of lecturers who have diverse musical interests and experience in areas such as sonic art, digital and analogue recording, popular music performance, composition and songwriting

- Be able to manage complex recording sessions and generate music, sounds and effects for everything from films to art installations

- Get the chance to take an optional Protools certification unit as part of your degree

- Have the opportunity to further supplement your musical talents by joining the University's orchestra, choir, wind band or big band

You’ll get your hands on some exciting gear in our studio suites, including:

- A valve 32 channel TL audio mixing desk

- An SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ

- A 7.1 surround studio (Genelec) including a Slate Raven multi-touch console for multichannel work and spatial audio projects

- A Buchla System 7 synthesizer (one of only two in the UK and the only one in a European university)

- 4 Oakley Modular synthesizers

- iMac Dual i7 computers running Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Max/MSP (including Max for Live), Native Instruments - Komplete (including Reaktor), Pure Data and Game engine software

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Music and Sound Technology degree?
Previous graduates have gone on to work in roles such as:

audio developer
music technology lecturer
musical technician
studio manager
studio engineer
music teacher
game audio professionals (composition and sound design)
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

In the first year, you will begin working in our recording studio facilities, and develop a range of technical, creative and academic skills. During your second year you will expand upon your recording and production techniques, be introduced to software design and creative programming, and plan for your final year project and future career in the three core units. You also choose three units from our list of options, allowing you to specialise in your areas of interest. Your final year allows you significant freedom to pursue your academic, creative and professional interests. A broad range of option units is available, allowing you to tailor the course to your professional and educational requirements.

Assessment methods

Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes practical projects, working journals, academic and evaluative essays, performances, oral presentations, examinations and case studies.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

68%
med
Audio 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.

Others in technology

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

88%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

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.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
69%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

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