FdSc Audio and Music Technology
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Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.
2 years full-time for FdSc
Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to join our BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology and top up to a Level 6 qualification
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham
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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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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.
We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.
At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.
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. Previous guests include: Michael Eavis, Professor Green, DJ Yoda, Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes), Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), Goetz Botzenhardt (Bjork, Sugarbabes, Faithless, Dido, Pet Shop Boys) and George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown).
Confetti’s Head of Talent Development also works closely with the course, linking students with opportunities across the local and regional music industry. Previous students have gained production credits on work for Sony/RCA, worked with nationally-renowned artists such as Jake Bugg, recorded performances at the Royal Concert Hall and gained broadcast credits on Notts TV.
- 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
- 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’ll develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professional musicians who have performed with some of the world’s biggest artists on some of the world’s 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.
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What you’ll study in year 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.