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:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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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.

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 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.

What our students say...

The BSc Music Technology course at Coventry University has given me a great start in the world of audio. The course is hands-on, focusing a lot on group projects and use of professional audio equipment and software. After the course was finished, I have not only accumulated a significant body of work to present to potential employers, but a range of highly-sought out skills in the field of music production and recording, sound design, and acoustics. 

Nikolai Bogomilov

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

Modules

  • Study abroad or professional placement

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.

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.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of: 

  • Concepts of professionalism within music technology (including composition, recording techniques an technology, Live sound, music production) and related disciplines and their relationship to music technology within a global context. 
  • The skills, processes and techniques required for the creation, realisation, presentation and management of work as a music technologist, working within the digital age. 

  

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to: 

  • Demonstrate technical skills relating to a wide range of recording, mastering, Music production, live sound and music composition for the screen. 
  • Apply technological and music related skills creatively to a brief to a high standard of aptitude, demonstrating the appropriate breadth and depth of conceptual development. 
  • Apply creative solutions to a brief, using technical means and appropriate application of materials, processes and technologies to develop a coherent body of work that reflects the particular characteristics of your own creative perspective. 
  • Conduct research in the field of Music technology and its related applications and contexts through a process of creative experimentation, conceptual rigour and critical analysis.          
  • Apply critically informed knowledge of professional practice in music technology, and the wider music and media related fields. 
  • Effectively organise and manage independent and collaborative projects and apply entrepreneurial skills in dealing with audiences, clients, consumers, finances, markets, sources and/or users. 
  • Work to deadlines, both individually and in groups. 

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of lectures, lab and studio sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: class sizes on this course are such that most teaching is in medium or small sized groups.

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

The course offers an international field trips to students. Students have been to Berlin to visit Ableton Labs and spent time in Hansa Studios where classic David Bowie and Depeche Mode albums were recorded. Students will also have the opportuntiy to go on a weeklong masterclass and workshop in recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales. Acknowledge to be the first residential recording studio in the world and was one of the primary studios for Queen's famous Bohemian Rhapsody album.In addition, students recently went to Hong Kong where they took part in a pop-up show.

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 students say...

Coventry university has great facilities which I can use to hone my skills and build my portfolio. I chose Coventry university because the curriculum included my core interests and broadened my horizons.

James Nicholson, current student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU016
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include one from Maths, Physics, ICT, Electronics, Music Technology or Music. DDM in Music Technology. 31 points to include Maths, Physics or IT at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Mathematics or specified equivalents

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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What our students say...

I chose this course to improve my skills as an artist and as a producer. The teaching staff are amazing and the student body is so diverse you can find lots of different cultures to learn from.

George Boateng

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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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 and their family members starting in the 2019/20 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 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 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 students say...

I chose this course to improve my skills as an artist and as a producer. The teaching staff are amazing and the student body is so diverse you can find lots of different cultures to learn from.

George Boateng

Career prospects

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

The Music technology course  has a long  history of graduates who establish themselves in extremely high profile music, technology and media employment.

Examples of which include: sound designer for the BBC and ITV including Taboo, the Living and the Dead,  composers, sound technologists and sound designers for Hollywood films (Fantastic Beasts, Kingsman: The Royal Circle), postproduction for media outlets and recording studio such as Metropolis as sound engineers. Our students have also done work for charts and won national competitions based on the quality of their undergraduate work. 

Our graduate students pursue careers as composers engineers, artists and sound designers. The music technology degree enables direct progression to suitable courses while others undertake the appropriate qualifications to become teachers in schools and colleges, demonstrators or developers. 

What our students say...

The BSc Music Technology course at Coventry University has given me a great start in the world of audio. The course is hands-on, focusing a lot on group projects and use of professional audio equipment and software. After the course was finished, I have not only accumulated a significant body of work to present to potential employers, but a range of highly-sought out skills in the field of music production and recording, sound design, and acoustics. 

Nikolai Bogomilov
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 19/20 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 University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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