The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Music Technology and Popular Music

Why choose this course?

Music Technology and Popular Music is a unique course, ideal for dedicated performers and aspiring, creative users of audio technologies. It will provide you with an impressive breadth of knowledge and experience in enhancing your employability potential in an ever-changing music industry. The course aims to develop your versatility as a practising musician, as well as giving you an advanced range of music technology and production skills for the creation and manipulation of sound. You will have the opportunity to work with industry-standard analogue and digital technologies, as well as the opportunity to perform in established and nationally recognised gig venues, such as The Jamhouse and Barfly.

The course aims to develop your versatility as a practising musician, as well as giving you an advanced range of music technology and production skills for the creation and manipulation of sound. It will stimulate your innate love of popular music, explore and identify what music is, what music does, and what music means, and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, composer, technologist, teacher or academic.

What happens on the course?

This is a course that caters for those who are interested in performing and producing, behind both a microphone and a mixing desk. As a performer, you will focus on practical performance-based work, creating and recreating music. As a technologist you will look at the production of sound in a variety of contexts; this includes live sound engineering, studio recording and production and music for multimedia. Our experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and music production, and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course provides a range of workshops, lectures and seminars to develop your solo instrumental skills, group performance and songwriting craft, and you will have hands-on experience with the latest digital music technologies in our dedicated Mac suites and recording studios. This is a course that caters for those who are interested in performing and producing, behind both a microphone and a mixing desk.

As a performer, you will focus on practical performance-based work, creating and recreating music. As a technologist you will look at the production of sound in a variety of contexts; this includes live sound engineering, studio recording and production and music for multimedia. An experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and music production, and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.

You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in 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, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider.

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

"Thanks to the University of Wolverhampton I have learnt many musical and life lessons. I will never forget it."

"I found lectures very interesting and helpful to the modules which I have taken. I love being able to put the techniques I have learnt straight into practice."

"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."

"I like that the tutor demonstrates the examples on an instrument in class, this really brings the ideas alive and I found it very inspiring."

Career path

Graduates from this course will become professional musicians with a range of highly developed performance and production skills. You will have the creative abilities and skill sets necessary to ensure that pursuing a career becomes a reality, as you move from being a student to working in the music industry. Examples of careers include: studio and live engineering, producing music, and designing live sound systems. You could also pursue careers in teaching, film, TV and music composing.

What skills will you gain?

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

  • apply analytical, critical and creative skills to popular music and music technologies
  • show the attributes of an enterprising and professional musician and music producer
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and global and cultural context of popular music and music production
  • become an adaptable and flexible musician with the ability to work at the forefront of digital technologies
  • have confidence in communicating effectively in the music industry.

Who accredits this course?

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

Those meeting the entry requirements will be shortlisted for an audition.

In addition a musical theory test must be completed: Download a sample test paper

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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