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Music Technology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS code W351:K

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2015

Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree strikes a balance between the technical and the creative aspects of music technology. You develop your technical skills in sound recording, audio processing, editing and mixing, while also gaining important knowledge of the underlying scientific principles. Your creative side is encouraged through musical tasks such as composition, arrangement and remixing.

2015

Overview

You explore recent advances in music production, sound processing and synthesis, and examine contemporary innovations in digital technologies, surround sound, computer games and interactive media.

Our specialist studio facilities have the latest software and hardware, allowing you to produce music content to industry standards. We regularly welcome leading industry experts who deliver special lectures and run workshops for our students.

As part of the School of Music and Fine Art you are given the opportunity to work with Fine Art, Creative Events and other music students, creating collaborative projects such as sound installations, music for stage performances, multi-loudspeaker concerts, audio-visual projects and new musical interfaces. Please see our website for more details about these exciting developments: www.kent.ac.uk/musicandaudio

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2013, the University of Kent was ranked 3rd in London and the south-east for student satisfaction. Music at Kent was ranked 14th in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

Course structure

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Year in industry

The Year in Industry gives you an opportunity to gain relevant workplace experience as part of your programme of study. We have long recognised the benefits of taking a year abroad and the increased awareness and confidence the experience brings, and now want to offer these benefits to students within the workplace.

The year in industry will also give you an opportunity to increase your contacts and network so that you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

The year in industry is in addition to your standard undergraduate programme and normally falls between your second and final year. The year itself is assessed on a pass/fail basis through employer feedback and a written report that you submit.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules consist of a mix of lectures, small group seminars, practical workshops, individual or group project work, research and private study. You have access to current industry-standard recording and post-production facilities to carry out your practical coursework assignments.

We use a wide range of assessment methods, including individual projects, recording sessions, composition assignments, music and multimedia tasks, seminar presentations and written papers. Alongside practical projects, you have lectures and seminars that will help you to develop your writing and research skills.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • produce music technology graduates equipped to fulfil significant roles within a range of music and digital media organisations and industries
  • provide a multidisciplinary education for those students who seek professional careers in music production, music technology and related areas
  • develop specialist knowledge in audio recording and production, music production and the hardware and software related to these discipline
  • provide opportunities for personal development 
  • encourage critical thinking with regard to current professional practice
  • enable students to meet the challenges of a diverse and rapidly-changing field
  • provide high-quality academic guidance and help students to achieve their full potential
  • foster students’ abilities in both autonomous and team-based practices.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relevant to music technology
  • the science, mathematics and technological base relevant to music technology
  • relevant contemporary issues in the areas of current music technology and music practice
  • the methods needed to confront, explore and assimilate unfamiliar musical sounds, concepts, repertoires and practices
  • how to observe, understand, interpret and manipulate oral, written and visual signs denoting music
  • the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with music technology.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • research and exploration including the gathering and evaluation of information
  • the ability to quote from and acknowledge academic sources, relating your insights to the practice and experience of music
  • how to plan, implement, evaluate, and reflect critically on work-in-progress
  • the use of influences and quotations in one’s own and others’ work
  • the ability to assimilate and synthesise complex information
  • how to to exercise judgment and to make informed choices
  • maintaining a sound theoretical approach in enabling the introduction of new and advancing technology to enhance current practice in music technology
  • the ability to design and/or evaluate the design of a system, process or product
  • solve (music technology related) engineering problems, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:

  • the ability to conceive musical ideas, and to manipulate them in an inventive and individual way
  • how to develop materials into well-formed and coherent musical structures
  • using a wide range of tools, techniques and equipment, including pertinent software
  • how to develop, promote and apply safe systems of working with particular regard to the requirements of music technology
  • the ability to engage with a variety of musical styles through creative and technical projects or exercises
  • combining musical sound with other media
  • using analogue and digital equipment for creating and recording music
  • the ability to use and adapt computer software for music-related tasks such as notation, sound analysis and synthesis, composition, sound recording and editing
  • understanding of the acoustic and physical theories relevant to the design and construction of acoustic musical instruments.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • IT, including word processing, email,  the use of information from online and electronic sources, and current music production industry-standard hardware and software
  • communicating effectively with others as a member of a team
  • how to respond positively to self-criticism and the criticism of others while maintaining confidence in your own creative work
  • the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
  • the effective management of resources and time and the ability to organise and prioritise tasks
  • flexible thinking, including the ability to be open to new and alternative ideas
  • the ability to demonstrate innovative solutions to problems and the transfer of technology
  • problem solving, reacting to new situations; decoding information and ideas; dealing with complex situations; finding ways of working with others under pressure
  • how to manage and carry a project through to delivery.

Careers

Career opportunities include music recording and production, audio software or hardware development, sound for film, television, video games and the internet, live sound for concerts, theatre events and festivals, studio set-up and maintenance, audio installations for museums and exhibitions, sonic arts and computer music, or further study at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Fees

The 2015/16 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time
Part-time

Fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

UK/EU/International students on an approved Year Abroad for the full 2015/16 academic year pay an annual fee of £1,350 to Kent for that year. Those on an approved Year in Industry pay an annual fee of £865 to Kent for that year. Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our scholarships pages.

Full-time

Part-time

The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.