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Music Technology and Audio Production - BSc (Hons)

2018

Studying Music Technology and Audio Production at our Centre for Music and Audio Technology (launching in 2018) will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to launch your career in the music industry.

2018

Overview

On this exciting new programme, you develop technical skills to an advanced level and learn how to use audio hardware and software to a professional standard. 

Areas you explore include: recording techniques, audio production, music programming, music and media, and music event technologies. Your critical skills are developed through an in-depth understanding of the technology and its associated music.

Our degree programmes

Our three innovative undergraduate music programmes specifically meet the needs of those pursuing careers in the music industry. They combine rigorous academic study, technical instruction, creative outputs and professional opportunities.

In addition to this programme, we offer:

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities around the world, offering you the chance to study abroad for a term or for a year. Rising to the challenge of living in another country and immersing yourself in a different culture is a rewarding experience and demonstrates to potential employers that you are independent and flexible in your outlook. 

Year in industry

It is also possible to undertake a year’s placement in industry either at home or abroad, gaining experience working in a professional environment. We offer support and advice to help you find a placement either in the music industry or other sectors such as charities and arts organisations.

Study resources

We are based on an inspirational waterfront environment in the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of our Medway campus. We have excellent, industry-standard facilities and our studios are installed with state-of-the-art technology from leading manufacturers. 

Our flagship studio integrates a new Neve Genesys Black G48 mixing console with our existing Genelec 5.1 surround system, and has a large live room and vocal booth. 

We also have a number of other studios including an Avid HD studio with SSL Matrix mixing console, a Genelec multi-speaker studio, Foley recording studio and other well-equipped post-production suites and iMac workstation rooms.

In addition, our Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre is one of the best in the UK. 

Students can perform music in a variety of specialist spaces at the Medway campus and can also use the fantastic performance spaces at our Canterbury campus. 

This is a provisional list of modules we expect to run in the 2018/19 academic year. The modules for this programme are currently under review and may vary slightly in content or availability from those listed.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules:

Music in the Creative Industries

This module explores the current creative industries, and students develop an understanding of the skills and specialisms required for specific areas.  

The Science of Sound

In this module students explore a number of topics related to analogue and digital audio theory eg signal processing, theories of amplitude and analogue to digital conversion.

Audio Recording and Editing Techniques

In this module students learn recording and editing techniques using a standard digital audio workstation.

Critical Listening and Sound-making

The module explores critical listening and sound within the wider framework of the environment as a whole, culminating in the production of a substantial piece of creative work.

Introduction to Audio Synthesis

This module provides students with an overview of the history of sound synthesis, with musical examples drawn from composers, pioneers and inventors such as Don Buchla, Robert Moog, Max Mathews, Jean Claude Risset and John Chowning.

Mixing and Production Techniques

Students deepen their understanding of recording, processing, mixing and mastering in the studio environment, including work on an individual project. 

Live Sound

Students learn about the technological resources used in contemporary music events, including setting up and derigging more complex systems, and work in small groups to develop a live sound project.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules:

Advanced Audio Techniques

Students develop an understanding of a broad range of topics relating to recording and post-production processes in the studio environment, including digital formats, sampling, filter design and compression.

Music and Sound for Film, Television and Media

This module investigates the field of music in moving image, offering an insight into the musical language that dominates much mainstream cinema, but also addressing gaming platforms and alternative approaches to scoring film.

Video Games and Interactive Audio

This module deals with many issues surrounding the production of interactive sound and music, including designing reactive sonic environments; triggering of sound events; spatial audio; complex adaptive sound generation; and how sound can carry meaning.

Audio Electronics

Basic electronics theory is accompanied by practical, hands-on circuit design in this module.

Postproduction Sound for Moving Image

Sound effects, sound design, dialogue replacement and atmosphere are some of the most important disciplines attached to film-making and moving image media, and this module focuses on sound production techniques.

Optional modules:

Composition and Production

TBC

Songwriting Techniques

Students learn to carry out basic harmonic analyses of existing songs and apply theoretical approaches to produce original work, investigate different ways to structure songs, explore creative methods to write and develop lyrics, and learn how to enhance basic song templates with melodic accompaniments (eg strings, brass, etc).

Orchestration and Arrangement 

This highly practical module introduces students to the complex formal conventions surrounding professional score presentation, instrumentation and orchestration.

Music in the Community

This module explores the various contexts of community music alongside the ‘outreach’ work of arts organisations and the work of related professional disciplines such as teaching and music therapy; it includes a short fieldwork placement.

Sound Design and Audio-Based Composition

Students develop the ability to discern and analyse sound characteristics, record and sculpt sonic events to create original sound design, and produce advanced creative work that explores the rich potential offered by sound processing and arranging techniques.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules:

Employment in the Music Industry

Employment opportunities and career pathways are explored in this module, including the financial aspects of business start-ups and self-employment eg taxation, cash flow, etc.

Interactive Audio Electronics

This module looks at the historical context of the different kinds of device people have used to control and interact with digital audio and electronic music, and, through lectures and workshops, enables students to design and build their own devices to do this for themselves.

Independent Project

In this module, students bring together the expertise and knowledge they have accumulated in one final project, eg a large-scale composition, a songwriting project, sound design and Foley, audio-visual work, sound installation, audio programming, sound spatialisation, or performance.

Optional modules:

Creating Audio Applications

In this module students have the opportunity to design and build their own audio plug-ins or standalone audio applications.

Spatial Sound Design, Composition and Performance

This module explores spatial sound, multi-loudspeaker and surround sound formats; students will produce and perform their own creative work, making use of sound spatialisation techniques.

Dissertation

The module takes the form of an individual research study relating to music or audio technology.

Live Electronics in Music Performance

This module concentrates on the development of students’ skills in performing with live electronics, exploring performance with a particular focus on recent developments in laptop and MIDI & OSC controller setups.

Music, Arts and Health

There is an expanding body of research and evaluation to support the case that the arts can make an important contribution to health and wellbeing; this course provides the opportunity for students to engage with this area of research.

Collaborative Project

TBC

Independent rankings

Kent is a leading university and in The Guardian University Guide 2018 was ranked 22nd in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked 17th* for research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities. Renowned for the quality of our teaching, our lecturers will challenge and inspire you.

*of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions.

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Year in industry

You can extend your studies from three to four years by taking the Year in Industry option (this option is not available if you are studying on a part-time basis). This provides the opportunity to gain relevant workplace experience as part of your programme of study.  You can also increase your contacts and network so that you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

The Year in Industry is taken in addition to your standard undergraduate programme and normally falls between your second and final year. You typically work on a placement for the full calendar year, and salary and holiday entitlements vary according to the employer. The year is assessed on a pass/fail basis through employer feedback and a written report that you submit.

Year abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability.

All students within the Faculty of Humanities can apply to spend a Term or Year Abroad as part of their degree at one of our partner universities in North America, Asia or Europe. You are expected to adhere to any progression requirements in Stage 1 and Stage 2 to proceed to the Term or Year Abroad.

The Term or Year abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. Places and destination are subject to availability, language and degree programme. To find out more, please see Go Abroad

Teaching and assessment

Our staff bring with them a broad range of experience, from our expert academic staff to our highly qualified technicians and practising professionals. Together they support, develop, challenge and inspire you throughout your studies.

We use a variety of teaching methods including practical and technical workshops, performance platforms, seminars, lectures and group projects.

Careers

Kent equips you with essential skills when it comes to getting a job. More than 96% of our 2016 graduates found a job or further study within six months of graduation.

Career opportunities for music graduates include many aspects of the creative industries, such as:

  • music recording and production
  • audio software development
  • sound for film
  • music performance
  • music management
  • composition and songwriting 
  • research and academia. 

It is also possible to pursue careers in areas including: 

  • video games 
  • live sound for theatres and festivals
  • audio installations for museums 
  • sonic arts and computer music.

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 us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

BBC including Music or Music Technology at B.

GCSE

Grade C or 4 in English and Maths.

Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 5 HND

DMM (in a music subject, or alongside an A-level in Music or Music Technology at B). Alternatively, any BTEC can be considered alongside an A-level in Music or Music Technology at B.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 14 points at Higher Level, including Music HL 5 or SL 6, and HL English at 5 or SL English at 6 and HL Maths at 5 or SL Maths at 6.

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

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. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Fees

The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time
Part-time

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385

Fees for Year Abroad

UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year. 

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

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. 

For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.