Course Overview

Year 1

Production Techniques (30 credits): You learn fundamentals of sound recording and mixing, how to use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and how to make music with virtual instruments (DAW MIDI plugins).

Computer Music Foundations (30 credits): You study theoretical foundations of computer music (e.g., “What is sound?” and “How does our hearing work?”), and study computer programming with an easy-to-learn language designed for sound and music making.

Critical Listening (15 credits): You listen attentively to music from a wide range of styles, and you practice recognise to musical elements (e.g., rhythms, intervals, chords).

Composition Practise (15 credits): You create compositions using different composition techniques.

Radio Skills (30 credits): You develop knowledge and skills required for producing radio content (underlying principles of radio, basic studio operation and digital production techniques).

Year 2

Recording and Production (30 credits): You study music recording and mixing at a more advanced level.

Music for Media (30 credits): You learn how to compose a film soundtrack, incidental music, music for animation etc.

Music Repertoires (15 credits): You obtain a historic overview of a various musical styles including Western classical music and avant-garde, classical styles of world music, jazz and electro-acoustic music.

Music Business (15 credits): You write a business plan for your own music business idea, and learn about copyright law.

One of the following options:

Computer Programming for Musical Applications (30 credits): You study how to design and implement your own ideas for musical applications.

Radio (30 credits): You further develop your radio and audio production knowledge and skills (understanding of the radio industry and target audiences; voice techniques; studio and location recording; digital post-production editing).

Year 3

Sound for Media Collaborations (30 credits): You contribute sound/music to a collaborative project, where you work with students from another course (e.g., TV Production or Animation).

Final Project in Music Technology (60 credits): You complete a practical music technology project (e.g., a portfolio of compositions or music software) or a dissertation.

One of the following options:

Algorithmic Composition (30 credits): You create a computer program that composes music, and use your software for your own composing.

Radio 24/7 (30 credits): You produce a variety of radio programmes to a high standard.