Music Technology BSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

J930

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

J930

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU039

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Have a passion for making and listening to music? This course aims to cover skills needed to create, record and produce music and audio.

This course will give you the skills, knowledge and techniques you’ll need to become involved in the creation and recording of music and audio. Working in outstanding facilities you will have the opportunity to work with professional performers, composers and producers.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or fully online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited sand recognised by the following bodies:

JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)

JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)

JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence. Assessed by industry professionals, JAMES engage with education primarily through their Course Accreditation process which is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum. This not only equips students for a rapidly changing industry, but also ensures that many years of industry experience are not lost to future generations. JAMES continues to promote supportive links between industry and education. JAMES is a recognised PSRB (Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body) for undergraduate higher education courses.

This course is accredited up to 2022 by JAMES The university’s accreditation with JAMES shall be up for renewal in 2022. Whilst the university hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


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What our students say

I chose this course because of the variety of different subjects offered within the course. From acoustics, to mixing and mastering songs we’ve recorded ourselves, this course really gave me the platform to learn new skills, as well as refine and perfect those I already had.

Sean Statham (2019)

Course information

The Music Technology BSc course at Coventry University is for you if you have a passion for creative practices in both music and sound and wish to explore the technical realisation of those practices.

You are likely to have an interest and background in music as well as in science and technology and the course caters to those who want to explore the principles of sound and acoustics including musical instrument acoustics, music composition and production in mainstream and experimental contexts, recording equipment and other music and audio software/hardware, and the music business, careers and employability.

The course is inspired by innovation in the technologies and practices of the music industry, encompassing both experimental areas and cutting edge industry practices. This is a practical course that gives you the space to explore their personal creative interests and innovations while helping them to develop a solid base of skills and knowledge to further their career aspirations.

87%

of students agree that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Skills for Music Technology

  • Fundamentals of Sound

  • Recording Technology and Techniques

  • Audio Electronics

  • Sound Art Composition

  • Sound Design and Synthesis

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Music Technology Research

  • Acoustics

  • The Music Business

  • Live Sound

  • Music Production

  • Developing a Professional Profile

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad opportunity.

Interest of such an opportunity can be registered early in your Second year.

(subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).

Modules

  • Study abroad or professional placement

    Students will be required to produce a Learning Agreement before the experience, participate in an online forum while on the Enhancement Year and produce a reflective blog/journal during the year which will inform their presentation at the end of the year.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be entitled to add the following to their degree title:

    BA / BSc Music Technology (with International Enhancement)

    A study abroad year is worth 40 credits and will be assessed through independent reflection of the international experience (i.e. through a blog, journal etc.), contribution to an online forum and an online presentation (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Overview

Modules

  • Audio Mastering

  • Audio Plug-in Development

  • Sound Design and Game Audio

  • Music Technology Project

  • Professional Portfolio

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Small class sizes so you will have plenty of access to our fantastic facilities.
  • A vibrant and creative environment, offering you access to professional practices, new research and outstanding graduate support.
  • Dedicated, experienced and qualified teaching staff with a mixture of commercial, academic and research related expertise at an international level.
  • For successful graduates, a potential range of career opportunities as music producers, sound engineers, composers, and audio postproduction technicians.
  • A course accredited by JAMES, a music industry body that acts on behalf of the association of Professional Recording Services, the Music Producers Guild and the UK Screen Association.
  • This course is accredited up to 2022 by JAMES The university’s accreditation with JAMES shall be up for renewal in 2022. Whilst the university hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Facilities include several recording studios (including one based around an SSL mixing desk), various live rooms and performance spaces and Mac-based labs.

You will study the fundamentals of sound, signals and acoustics – an understanding of the basis of sound in terms of creation, capturing and distribution. You will also learn about the tools and techniques commonly used in music technology. Examples include: synthesis and sampling, multimedia programming, recording techniques and recording and mastering technology.

The course has a strong sense of its position within the music business environment and you will study organisations within the music industry. This will give you a greater understanding of the business context for music technology and will help you to manage your career more effectively.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated lab and studio sessions. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice. You will be taught in state-of-the-art sound facilities.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical or project work, coursework, tests, essays and presentations/posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

In a typical week you will have around 14 contact hours of teaching which will include tutorials, and small and medium group teaching. Class sizes on this course are such that most teaching is in medium or small sized groups.

The course offers an international field trip to students (subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs). Students in the past have been to Berlin to visit Ableton Labs and spent time in Hansa Studios where classic David Bowie and Depeche Mode albums were recorded. In addition, students recently went to Hong Kong where they took part in a pop-up show. Students will also go to Rock Field Studio for a week of master classes in recording and mastering. (subject to availability and additional costs)

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our graduates say

The Music Technology course at Coventry University was highly valuable to me. The strong emphasis on practical work ensures regular use of the available high-end equipment. The tutors are always eager to help and are both knowledgeable and passionate about their area of expertise. The professional methods taught in the course are applicable for anyone looking to start a career in the world of audio.

Nikola Bogomilov (2019)

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU039
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DDM in Music Technology. 31 points to include Maths, Physics or IT at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 including English and Maths.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

Pre-sessional English: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,400 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our graduates say

The Music Technology course at Coventry University was highly valuable to me. The strong emphasis on practical work ensures regular use of the available high-end equipment. The tutors are always eager to help and are both knowledgeable and passionate about their area of expertise. The professional methods taught in the course are applicable for anyone looking to start a career in the world of audio.

Nikola Bogomilov (2019)

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

There is a strong emphasis within the course on your future career, not only helping you to discover what your chosen career path will be but also helping you to ensure that you have the professional level of business skill and knowledge to thrive in this demanding industry.

Where our graduates work

Previous examples of employment include music producers, sound engineers, composers; audio post- production technicians together with work in extensive related fields such as radio and television sound.

What our graduates say

The Music Technology course at Coventry University was highly valuable to me. The strong emphasis on practical work ensures regular use of the available high-end equipment. The tutors are always eager to help and are both knowledgeable and passionate about their area of expertise. The professional methods taught in the course are applicable for anyone looking to start a career in the world of audio.

Nikolai Bogomilov (2019)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.