The MSc in Audio Technology is aimed at graduates from Music Technology, Sound Production, Creative Computing and Interactive Media courses, as well as anyone already working in industry or music technology education.
MSc Audio Technology offers a distinctive mixture of music production, music computing and creativity. Taught by a dedicated team of experts, the course will help you to participate in industry and provide grounding to shape future developments in audio technology.
You will gain a thorough understanding of theory and practical techniques in studio recording and mixing/mastering, audio programming, musical interface development and. These skills have helped prepare our previous graduates for a diverse range of subsequent routes including employment in industry and Higher Education, freelance employment, starting a business and doctoral study.
For further information, please contact Dr. Mat Dalgleish
This module will help you to assess, create and manipulate audiovisual relationships across linear media such as film and television, before moving on to explore the implications of non-linear and interactive media.
This studio-focussed module blends cutting-edge record production practice and contemporary research themes, moving from record analysis and a literature review into a large-scale, self-directed recording project. The module makes use of our SSL-equipped recording studios, and you will have access to a range of guest talks and masterclasses.
The Research and Development module initially explores the nature of innovation, then moves on to examine a variety of research processes specifically relevant to the subject. Towards the end of the module the emphasis then shifts to the development of an individual research design/proposal that may form the basis of your final Audio Technology Project.
Engaging with the flourishing New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) scene, this practical module is focussed on the prototyping and evaluation of new physical and/or virtual interfaces and instruments for a variety of music, audio and sound-related contexts.
The Music Computing module explores the development and applications of code in music and audio-related contexts. In carrying out the practical assignment, you will critically evaluate, understand the differences between, and demonstrate mastery of common audio programming languages in the realisation of your ideas.
The Audio Technology Project is an opportunity for students to pursue a substantial, self-directed project in a chosen area of audio technology or music technology. Interdisciplinary collaboration is possible and encouraged.
To support your studies you will have access to the bespoke facilities of the landmark Performance Hub at Walsall Campus. The Performance Hub opened in 2011 and its state of the art facilities include two fully equipped recording studios, a dedicated listening room, two Mac computer suites and our 108 seat Black Box Theatre. The latter is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities. The university is also proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio or recording studio spaces.
We are a thriving department of research-active academics and teaching is research-led. Course staff include Dr. Mat Dalgleish, Matt Bellingham, Richard Burn, Dr. Aglaia Foteinou and Dr. Chris Foster. Research specialisms include musical interface design, implementation and evaluation, algorithmic music, acoustic environments, and sound for media.
The course will actively equip both Music Technology graduates and those already in industry with a diverse range of skills to enhance their career prospects. It will also develop a range of opportunities for experience and employment in areas such as studio recording, media production and content creation, video game and software development, education (FE/HE), research assistantships/studentships, and employment in HE institutions.
In addition to subject-specific skills, you will also acquire a range of transferable skills and skills relevant for pursuing a research degree. These include critical, analytical, project management and research skills from the study of a broad spectrum of literature, research, and external projects.
The following skills will be developed throughout the course:
You will need a good degree (2:1 or above) in Music Technology, Sound Production, Music Computing, Sonic Arts, creative applications of Computer Science or Human-Computer Interaction, or related subject. Other applicants, particularly those with relevant experience, will be considered through interview/audition as appropriate, but deep engagement with audio/sound/music and familiarity with contemporary tools and ideas are expected.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.