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Music Technology and Production - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this innovative, career-led degree you'll be able to choose a pathway that reflects either a specialist (music production) or multi practice (sonic arts) career outcome, You'll also have options to develop a creative portfolio of works across a range of industries. Develop your skills using our music studios and computer labs, industry-based software and practicing with a range of musicians and styles.


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This course will provide you with a vast range of tools and techniques needed to work with music, sound and sonic arts, immersed in a music studio environment. Our set of professional surround sound music studios and live recording room is complemented by video editing suites, a foley studio and a music computer lab equipped with iMacs and MIDI keyboards.

A wide range of specialist software is available in line with the newest trends in the industry, equipping students with the most up to date technologies. Our cross-school partnerships ensure an impressive array of expertise from highly specialised lecturers and researchers. You're not simply enrolling on a music degree; you're becoming part of an exciting new endeavour, that extends its practice to all aspects and areas of the creative industries.

The tutors and course leaders in the London Met music department are industry leaders who boast international careers, they have experience working with top performers and organisations including Kate Nash, Clean Bandit, Wolf Alice, Imelda May, Echobelly, the BBC, Sky and Channel 4.

You may also benefit from opportunities to work with other subject areas including computer games programming, animation modelling and effects, live entertainment, digital media, dance, theatre and performance practice. These colloborations and shared studios can give you the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary hybrid projects with your fellow students.

Music and creative industry research modules have been conceived to provide a dynamic and direct reflection of the production, sonic arts pathway, and their respective industries.

From short exercises to long-term projects, the work will be focused on the interaction between the different disciplines, through projects designed to support students in expressing their creative interests and professional needs.

During the course there will be opportunities to travel for short activities, such as music festivals, industry talks and performances. Our lecturers are always proposing new ideas and promoting an integrated practice that surpasses the boundaries of the studio or the classroom. Guest lecturers complement the team on a regular basis, contributing the refreshed view of a professional life immersed in the industry.

Enterprise and industry exchange has been planned to develop additional audio industry links and potential partnerships, changing landscape for music and audio together with computer, electronics and creative technologies. Our cross-school dialogue will help liaising with external clients and artists, making the most of your experience with us.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a portfolio of works, in-class exams, studio reports and research essays. You will have the choice of producing either a research-based dissertation or a project-based investigative study in the final year on a subject of your choice.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of three A levels at grades BBC or equivalent (DMM at BTEC) including relevant music or music technology subjects
  • GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Formal qualifications are not always necessary since life and work experience can be considered. In such cases, we ask for a CV and supporting letter.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of works digitally.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Composing with Technology (30-credit core)
  • Media Skills and Practice 1 (30-credit core)
  • An introduction to Music and Sound for Media
  • Creative Studio Practice 1 (30-credit core)
  • An introduction to Studio-based Production Techniques
  • Music and the Creative Industries (30-credit core)

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Applied Music Technologies (30-credit core)
  • Acoustics and optional subjects
  • Creative Studio Practice 2 (30-credit core)
  • Advanced Studio-Based Production Techniques
  • Music and Media Context and Cultural Musicology (30-credit core)
  • Sound for the Moving Image and Interactive Arts (30-credit core) (Sonic Arts Pathway)
  • Composition and Live Electronics (30-credit core) (Music Production Pathway)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Project (30-credit core - individual or collaborative)
  • Project Development: Music Technology (30-credit core)
  • The Music sectors and Music in numbers (30-credit core) (Music Production Pathway)
  • The Creative Industry (30-credit core) (Sonic Arts Pathway)
  • Dissertation/Investigative Study (30-credit core - project/research-based)

This course will provide you with creative and technical expertise to open up a wide range of career opportunities to enter the art or music industries. During the corse you'll develop as a creative and reflective practitioner, with employment and self-employment opportunities in music production, sound recording, sound engineering and sound broadcast.

Graduates of the course could go on to become professional composers, sonic artists or sound designers, working in post-production, sound or music for film, video editing, sound and music for games, or live sound such as sound for theatre, concerts and outdoors festivals, all of which represent an important sector of employment for music and media graduates. You may also choose a career in education, or to progress to postgraduate study and research (master's and PhD).

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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