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

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
J931

Institution code:
N91

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • 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
    We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.
  • This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Fees and funding: 
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. 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.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living 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.

How to Apply

This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University and all applications must be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

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.

You’ll learn in our music and live events hub – Metronome - designed by world-renowned audio architects White Mark Ltd – who have designed studios for clients including Jay-Z and Damon Albarn and have access to Exigy and PMC monitors, recording, mixing and mastering suites using Neumann, Schoeps and Studer equipment and production suites running Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton.

To top off these incredible recording facilities, Studio 1 now houses a 48 channel SSL Duality console as used by Abbey Road, Steve Mac, Chemical Brothers, Pete Townshend and many, many more.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

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

93% of our degree students would recommend studying at Confetti to others. (National Student Survey 2020)

Trips

There are opportunities to go on some great trips during your studies, too. Take a look at one of our past trips where students visited Tileyard Studios.

What our current students think

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

Adam Wilde

Advice from our alumni

"Confetti was excellent at supporting my growth personally and professionally. The tutors were committed to creating a supportive learning environment, so I always felt able to ask questions and take my time."

Miranda Stewart

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.

On this course you’ll study in Metronome - our brand new contemporary music and live events hub designed by world-renowned audio architects White Mark Ltd – who have designed studios for clients including Jay-Z and Damon Albarn. You’ll have access to:

  • Exigy and PMC 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
  • 350 capacity live events venue
  • Post-production suites including Soundfield, 5.1, Foley Room, Binaural and VR technology

On a recent visit to Metronome, Jools Holland OBE commented:

“I am honestly amazed at the mind bogglingly brilliant facilities you have here. The studios I have seen are better than any I have seen anywhere.  And the students I met were so engaged because they love what they do. They have such great opportunities. I haven’t seen anything like this before and I am sure this place will soon be on the global map.”

Degree Showcase

Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.

Confetti Album

Each year, a selection of our Music Performance and Music and Audio Technology students are selected to feature in our Confetti Album, released under our record label - Denizen. Our students write, perform, record, mix and even master the tracks!

At Confetti, we offer students the chance to ‘Do It For Real’ – get out into real industries and experience working in various roles that take their interest.

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 situated on Confetti’s campus. Confetti students have access to state-of-the-art studios within Metronome, as well as the 400-capacity (228 seated) venue where free student membership awards up to 50% discounts on many events.

During a visit in 2019, Jools Holland described the facilities as “mind bogglingly brilliant”, before going onto say “The studios I have seen are better than any I have seen anywhere”. Have a look at the facilities on our website.

Confetti Album

Each year, a selection of our Music Performance and Music and Audio Technology students are selected to feature in our Confetti Album, released under our record label - Denizen. Our students write, perform, record, mix and even master the tracks!

Guest speakers

Throughout the year, students are invited to attend various talks and events with visiting industry experts. Recently, Michael League – founder of Snarky Puppy – came to speak to students about how to create, mix and better your own music and find success in the industry.

Industry Week

We also hold an annual Industry Week, 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
  • Kim Hawes – Tour Manager
  • Alan McGee - Creation Records founder
  • Nick Raphael - Co-President at Capitol Records

Continue your studies

Upon completion of the FdSc you have the option to enter into the 3rd year of our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.

Future careers

You can also move straight into your career, in areas which might include:

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

Open Days