The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Music Technology

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Music Technology is aimed at aspiring, creative users and developers of audio technologies.

The course offers a unique insight into the expanded field of music technology, giving you a blend of creative practice in music with a technical perspective critical for success within the rapidly developing music events business. This course stimulates your innate love of music, music production and music technologies, explores and identifies what music is, what music does, and what music means and provides a structured approach to your career progression as technologist, producer, performer, composer, teacher or academic.

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What happens on the course?

In the first year you will be given an introduction to theory and practice, taking modules in acoustics, audio programming and music theory, studio engineering and mixdown, live sound engineering and academic skills.

In your second year you will continue your research and practice in studio work, including DSP theory and advanced mixdown and mastering. You will explore key developments in music technology and develop skills in synthesis and game sound.

In your final year you will develop your professional practice and expand your skills, explore software and hardware interface design, practice in multimedia production and develop music for image. You will also work towards your final project, and give support to gigs and musical events for the University’s performers.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will have hands-on experience with the latest digital music technologies in our dedicated Mac suites and recording studios, whilst developing an advanced range of music technology skills for the creation and production of sound in a variety of contexts including studio recording and production, using music programming languages, and creating music for multimedia. The course is taught by an experienced and dedicated teaching staff with significant involvement from industry professionals, meaning you will be ready to respond to the technological, academic and artistic innovations within the industry.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities at its Walsall campus to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in November 2011, has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band/ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro. Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.

What our students think

Thank you very much for helping me and for your overall involvement in many of my classes. Thanks to the UOW I have learnt many musical and life lessons. I will never forget it.

I found the lecture very interesting and helpful to the modules which I have taken.

I thought his lecture was great! It showed where everything can be applied, and the importance of understanding how everything works.I really feel I have 100% benefited from attending!

I felt it was a very in-depth and informative Lecture. It was good to hear from an expert within their field, who obviously had a wealth of experience from which we could learn. There was an abundance of information, which, through working within the industry day-to-day, could be related to us in practical and well applied examples.

Career path

Graduates from this course will have highly developed music technology and production skills, along with the entrepreneurial and creative abilities necessary to ensure that many careers in the fast developing music industry can be pursued. Examples of careers include:

  • Studio engineer
  • Producer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Live sound system designer
  • Film, TV and games sound designer and music composer
  • Music programmer
  • Location recorder
  • Mixing and mastering engineer
  • Teacher/trainer of music technology

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

1. Apply analytical, critical and creative skills in music production

2. Show the attributes of an enterprising professional music producer

3. Use your knowledge and understanding of the theory and global and cultural context of music production

4. Be adaptable and flexible as a producer working at the forefront of changing technologies

5. Demonstrate a sound practical ability on digital production software and hardware systems

6. Have confidence in communicating effectively in the music industry

Who accredits this course?

This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG, UK Screen and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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