Student using a computer connected to a mixing desk and other audio equipment.

BSc(Hons)

Audio and Music Technology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
J932
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Chris Nash
Key fact:
Develop advanced creative and technical skills and craft new technologies and practices on this leading JAMES accredited course.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study audio and music technology?

New technologies and techniques are changing creative expression in music.

Today's audio and music industry whether studios, production companies, or tech firms look for practitioners who think outside the box but also know what goes on inside it.

Studying this field opens career pathways from musical practice and professional sound to acoustics and audio software development. It allows you to explore and influence technological and musical innovations to shape the future of audio.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Audio and Music Technology receives both accreditation and acclaim from JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

They describe the course as 'amongst the best in the UK and of international standing'.

This course is ideal if you're passionate about music and the technology behind it, but don't necessarily have formal musical training or prior technical experience.

It allows you to explore and develop advanced knowledge, techniques and technologies for recording, production, musical expression, digital creativity, audio programming and the science of sound (acoustics and psychoacoustics).

Musical opportunities abound on and off campus, through our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts and countless venues, groups, studios and projects in one of the UK's most musical cities.

Gain valuable real-world experience and a professional portfolio through a series of placements that prepare you for a career in the music industry.

Where can it take me?

Learn from professionals and experts from the music, film/TV and technology industries and research, and prepare for a variety of careers in audio.

Choose from careers in audio and sound engineering as well as performance, composition and concert management. Work in creative areas where there is a heavy reliance on technology such as film, theatre and the arts. Apply your technical expertise with audio hardware and software companies, designing new musical instruments and digital technologies or as an acoustician, designing new spaces and concert halls.

Graduate destinations include the BBC, Allen&Heath, Focusrite/Novation, plus various studio and production houses worldwide. Get support for freelance careers through Impulse, our in-house music technology innovation and enterprise studio and bridge to professional practice.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.  

Year one

You will study:

  • Introductory Audio Programming
  • Audio Engineering
  • Audio Technology
  • Theory of Music
  • Exploring Music.

Year two

You will study:

  • Audio Process Design and Implementation.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Audio Recording
  • Applied Audio Systems
  • Mobile and Physical Computing
  • Research and Practice in Music Technology.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Instrument Recording Investigation
  • Music Technology Project
  • Audio Post Production.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Sonic Art
  • Game Audio Programming
  • Live Sound
  • Audio for Games
  • Software Development for Audio
  • Advanced Performance
  • Advanced Composition II
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Professional Experience.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Getting to grips with new subjects can be demanding, but we aim to support you throughout your studies.

We take a practical approach that uses lab investigation and experiments to help you understand, explore and remember ideas more easily.

Work individually and in groups to explore difficult concepts through discussion. Programmes of interactive lectures provide theory, demos, explanation and overall guidance for the work.

Develop a foundation of skills in music and computing and build your creative skills as a composer and performer. Work on your programming skills to extend your digital studio.

Study acoustics and recording in depth and grow an appreciation for a range of musical styles.

Discover the science and engineering of sound and study how instruments are engineered to produce their characteristic sound behaviour. Explore how a range of digital signal processing techniques are used for effects and synthesis.

Develop new timbres and soundscapes, and use smart devices, sensors and controllers to design new instruments and systems.

Choose modules that allow you to specialise in your areas of interest. Undertake an individual final year project, a chance to delve into a specific area you're passionate about in depth.

Play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. These include a thriving Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Consort, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Choir and the University Singers.

Attend industry talks from visiting professionals, including TV and film sound recordists and composers from the BBC.

Join our Live Music Society and compete at its annual Battle of the Bands. Broadcast with fellow students on Hub Radio.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Showcase your work

Show your final year projects at the annual degree show.

Past exhibits include music and audio processing software and musical performances.

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually. The style of assessment will be appropriate to the modules and help you develop a range of technical, creative and practical skills.

Some modules are assessed entirely on practical work and in-class tests while others are assessed through written assignments and end of module exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

JAMES assessors commented, "The philosophy behind the team is very innovative and greatly benefits the students […] This innovative approach will ensure that [UWE Bristol] is at the forefront of industry orientated education in the UK and internationally."

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

You can complete one or more placements between your second and third years, to develop your portfolio and professional experience. We also actively support freelance and self-employed modes of work, to help prepare you for the increasingly contract-based nature of work in the audio industry.

Past students have worked with national orchestras and on events. Others have worked in acoustics, recording and post-production studios for the BBC, Dolby and Acoustic Design. Several leading tech firms, such as Focusrite/Novation, Allen&Heath and ROLI/JUCE actively recruit graduates and interns from the course.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

We arrange trips to the Dolby Labs and other technology pioneers, so you can experience the latest in emerging tools and formats.

You'll also get to explore technology and sound systems behind the scenes on trips to locations such as BBC Studios and the Albert Hall.

We encourage students to get involved on projects with local organisations. Our students have worked with the BBC composing music for wildlife programmes and producing audio for festivals and radio, podcasts for the Natural History Museum and recordings for local industry partners and venues.

Study facilities

Create and enhance music in our well-equipped studios and performance spaces.

Compose and play in a choice of four performance spaces with options ranging from live to dead acoustics.

Record and mix audio in our studios with professional standard analogue and digital consoles.

Mix music in our advanced surround mixing room, six control rooms and isolated booths.

Edit videos and audio in our video post room, equipped with industry standard software like Pro Tools and Logic.

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll have a clear understanding of the role of technology in music and be able to use a range of modern technologies.

Career opportunities are available in performance, production and concert management, as well as audio and sound engineering.

You'll be suited for work in creative areas where there is a heavy reliance on technology such as film, theatre and the arts.

Your technical expertise will also prepare you for designing new audio tools and systems, with leading music software developers and technology makers and careers in research and development.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read how Josh won a week's scholarship in Berlin, being tutored by acclaimed audio engineers, DJs and producers. 

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Music (or Music Technology) desirable and any of: Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Statistics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Creative Media Production, Music or Music Technology preferred; or Aeronautical Engineering, Applied Science, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Land-based Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Operations and Maintenance Engineering.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be from Science or Technology subjects.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Music preferred, or Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Information Technology in a Global Society, Maths.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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