Duration:
2 years full-time for FdSc (Foundation Degree)

Upon successful completion of this course you'll have the option to join our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology and top up to a Level 6 qualification. Find out more about topping up your degree.

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
J931

Institution code:
N91 (Nottingham Trent University)

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE - English and Maths Grade C / 4

If you are applying for entry in September 2023, you will also have at least one of the following music qualifications:

  • A-Level in Music
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Music (or similar, e.g. RSL Awards)
  • Music Theory Grade 5 (ABRSM, Rockschool, Trinity or equivalent)

We welcome suitable applicants without standard entry requirements but you will need to evidence your relevant experience and interest in using Music Technology in this straight forward way:

  • Either a short 2 – 3 minute video where you talk through a production you have been involved in on a DAW or where you have recorded live instrumentation

This course is not available for international applicants requiring a Student visa.

For tuition fee costs, visit our fees & funding page for more information.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

A budget of £250 would be appropriate for most audio and music software. External storage media to save large amounts of data from audio sessions (£50).

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think. There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Our foundation degree is a great way to study the subject you love in just two years, with the option to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology degree.

Confetti is a renowned specialist in music technology. With its on commercial-facing live music and events venue, you'll be guided by our professional experts who have a wealth of experience in the music industry.

Learning in world-class studios, packed full of industry-standard kit, you'll learn about the science and technology of audio and recording systems, and how these can be used effectively in production, recording, mixing, mastering and sound design.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice, through live projects, masterclasses and guest lectures.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group tutorials
  • academic tutorials
  • workshops
  • presentations and pitches
  • visiting industry professionals
  • team working
  • independent study

"The facilities are fantastic! You’re spoilt with industry-standard hardware and software options with luxury facilities as a bonus."

Adam Wilde

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • observed practical assessment
  • individual production or compositional work
  • collaborative project work
  • technical report
  • case study
  • portfolio work
  • reflective evaluation
  • visual and verbal presentation

Right for you?

A two year Foundation degree is a great choice if you want to have the option to graduate with a Level 5 qualification and start your creative career early. With an accessible UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more practical approach to your studies. After completing two years you will graduate with an FdSc/FdA qualification and choose whether you want to continue and enroll on a top up year for a full BSc qualification or whether you would rather stop your education and start your creative career.

Topping up your existing qualification

Each case will be considered individually, but if you have passed an FdSc from Confetti and decided you want to continue your studies, you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of the equivalent BSc degree to ‘top up’ to a full honours degree.

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'll 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.

Study Audio and Music Technology at Confetti and you'll learn in our very own live music and events venue, Metronome.

With its unrivalled reputation for the quality of its sound and visuals, Metronome hosts a successful commercial programme of live events throughout the year – and it’s here where you’ll learn from the best and gain real work experience.

This world-class venue is home to some amazing facilities, jampacked with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, and a 400-capacity venue.

Industry kit and facilities

  • Exigy and MPC ATC monitors
  • Specialist IT and production suites with software such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton
  • Industry-standard recording, mixing and mastering studios including SSL Duality, Neumann and Schoeps Studer equipment
  • Specialist IT Suites with Logic, Pro Tools, N.I Komplete M4L and Ableton software
  • Performance rehearsal rooms
  • 400 capacity live events venue
  • Post-production suites including Soundfield, 5.1, Foley Room, Binaural and VR technology
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Confetti Album

Each year, Confetti students write, perform, record, mix, master and promote the Confetti Album. Supported by our expert staff, it's a great way to experience doing it for real in the music industry.

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Degree Showcase

It's not just music that we deliver at Confetti.

Take a look at some of the inspiring work our degree students from across all our creative subjects create each year.

If you want to do more than just study a qualification, ‘Do It For Real’ at Confetti. This is our commitment to all our students to provide real, creative, hands-on experience in their chosen specialism whilst accessing the best facilities.

Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the music industry. Some of our alumni have gone onto do great things in the music industry – have a read of their stories here.

Metronome

Metronome is a national centre for music, moving image, video games, live performance and spoken word - and it's part of Confetti.

Confetti students have access to state-of-the-art studios, as well as the 400-capacity venue where free student membership gets you exclusive ticket deals and offers.

Work experience

As Confetti has its own live events venue, along with several other creative businesses, you'll be presented with countless opportunities to gain real-world experience. We also have our own record label, Denizen Records, giving students the chance to undertake live projects and paid work opportunities.

Guest speakers

Throughout the year, students are able to attend talks and events, and work on projects with visiting industry experts. We have music giants regularly visiting Confetti or dialling in from across the globe to deliver masterclasses and insights.

Confetti Album

Each year, a selection of our Music students feature in our Confetti Album, released under our record label - Denizen. Our students write, perform, record, mix, master and promote the album!

Industry Week

We also hold an annual Industry Week, the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
  • Susan Rogers - Prince
  • Tony Visconti - David Bowie
  • Sylvia Massy - Aerosmith
  • Alan McGee - Creation Records founder
  • Nick Raphael - Co-President at Capitol Records
  • Steve Albini - world-renowned producer and engineer

Your career

The great thing about studying at Confetti is that you'll have the option to top-up on the final year of our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.

Or you might be ready to go straight into your career, in areas which may include:

  • Recording engineer
  • Mixing engineer
  • Audio post-production
  • Sound design
  • Acoustics

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