music production degree students working in our studio Electric Mayhem

FdSc Audio and Music Technology

Key information

Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

Duration:
2 years full-time for FdSc

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to join our BSc Audio & Music Technology (one year top-up)

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
J931

Institution code:
N91

Entry & admission criteria:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (160 points in old UCAS tariff) from A-Levels, BTECs, or equivalent
  • A* – C in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent

Fees & funding

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Introduction

This industry-focused music production degree is ideal if you have a passion for music and audio production and want to develop a highly attractive portfolio of technical and creative skills that will help you pursue a successful career in the creative industries. The course covers the science and technology of audio and recording systems and how these can be used effectively in recording, mixing, mastering and sound design. Alongside this emphasis on industry skills, the variety of teaching and learning activities in each of the modules will allow you to build a distinctive and varied portfolio of work by the end of your course.

Connecting with Industry

Live projects will help you gain industry experience, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV. As a Music Technology student, you will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries. Our students have had the opportunity to meet and receive advice from established names, such as Professor Green, Michael Eavis, Chase and Status and Liam Bailey to name just a few.

Confetti’s Head of Talent Development also works closely with the course, linking students with opportunities across the local and regional music industry.

Facilities

  • Electric Mayhem, our commercial recording facility, home to our legendary Neve VR60 mixing console, a Studer A827 24 Track Tape Machine, EMT 140 plate reverb, Pro Tools HD and a range of high-end microphones
  • iMac suite
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Ableton Live suite
  • Logic Pro X
  • Samplitude
  • Mastering studio

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning on our music production degree is designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking. Classes are a mixture of rehearsals, live performances, workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professional musicians who have performed with some of the world biggest artists on some of the world biggest stages, such as Glastonbury.

In some modules you’ll work on ‘live’ projects, where you’ll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.

Guest lectures from professional musicians, promoters and producers will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the music industry.

How to Apply

Applications for this course must be made through UCAS, for more information and to register and apply please visit the UCAS website.

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What you’ll study in year 1

Audio Production Technology (20 Credit Points)

You’ll learn practical studio recording techniques alongside the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in location-recording scenarios. You’ll learn how developments in audio technology have shaped the way we create, edit and manipulate sound and music, as well as developing critical listening skills; as you’re introduced to various approaches and tools for mixing music.

Electronic Music Production (20 Credit Points)

You’ll get grounding in the skills necessary to create audio work derived from electronic (analogue or digital) means. You’ll be introduced to core technological concepts such as sequencing, sound syntheses, sampling and mixing, as well as musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement.

The Audio and Music Industry (40 Credit Points)

In this module, you’ll study current industry trends, examining and evaluating how changes in technology have affected music and audio content. You’ll also be introduced to client management through the completion of a live client brief.

Research Methods in Audio and Music Technology (20 Credit Points)

You’ll learn to research and select appropriate methodologies to progress your assessments and assignments. This module is designed to develop your understanding of research methodologies helping you build a foundation for your academic work.

Sound and Audio Theory (20 Credit Points)

You’ll adopt a more scientific approach during this module – solving problems, interpreting data and presenting your findings. You’ll develop an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning audio and music technology, such as sound theory, analogue and digital audio principles.

What you’ll study in year 2

Advanced Audio Production (40 Credit Points)

You’ll learn how decisions made at each stage of an audio production, from recording, editing and mixing through to final master, impact on the quality of the final product. A strong research emphasis into current and historical trends in audio production will help frame your work and you’ll develop your technical proficiency alongside problem-solving and client management.

Creative Music Technology (20 Credit Points)

You’ll explore new and emerging audio technologies, developing knowledge of music technology outside commercial sound. You’ll use a range of different methodologies in the production of your work, combining software and hardware technologies in the creation and control of your sound.

Acoustics and Electronics (20 Credit Points)

You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the application of sound sources, spaces and music technology equipment. You’ll learn about room and instrument acoustics, as well as the design and application of audio systems.

Specialist Study in Audio and Music Technology (20 Credit Points)

The role of an audio or music technologist requires professionals to be multi-skilled and have a working knowledge of other industry areas. This module will help develop your transferable skills as well as pursue a particular focus, for example, live sound reinforcement, audio post-production for TV & Film or sound design for video games.

Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.