Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

J930

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

New for September 2019: As part of our commitment to improving student experience we are continually enhancing and reviewing our courses. Changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch with our programme leaders or attend an open day. This webpage will be updated as changes are made to the programme.

Four key reasons to choose this course

Inspirational Facilities - Learn in one of the country’s most advanced university recording studios. National endorsements - Assessors from JAMES said Derby’s music courses have “a unique personality”. Graduates with music technology and production skills can look forward to exciting career opportunities in a field which is constantly innovating. Our course blends the latest production techniques with creative vision and a strong understanding of the commercial environment. 

You'll develop your skills in our cutting-edge music-making facilities including recording studios, music technology labs and rehearsal space. It's the ideal learning environment to build a portfolio of commercial recordings that showcases your talent to industry insiders. ‌

The BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Production course is accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), which means it meets the highest professional standards set by industry. You’ll become part of a vibrant music scene within both the University and the city of Derby. Our teaching team includes practising professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and are breaking new ground in music technology. 

You'll gain an excellent understanding of the music industry and recording studios, and learn about the technology of the studio, and playback systems. You'll explore the process of sound recording and production, and complete a portfolio of commercial recordings. You'll also develop your awareness of the commercial environment, and how best to promote your music.

The JAMES assessors were highly complimentary about Derby’s music courses saying they had a ‘unique personality’ with a healthy element of flexibility. They offered excellent collaborations between courses including video, graphics, sound and light and the technical theatre. Assessors found the students to be ‘lively, enthusiastic and eloquent; they were clearly enjoying their student experience’.

If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to start this course, you can study the Year Zero programme for a year first. You could also enhance your skills by going on to study our MA Music Production.

Employable Graduates – 94.4% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016/17.

 

John Crossley, Senior Music and Production lecturer, talks about the Music Recording Studios at Markeaton Street

Facilities

All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.

Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.

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Markeaton Street

Music Studio

 

What you will study

This course will give you an excellent understanding of the music industry in general, the technology of the studio and playback systems, and the process of sound recording and production. You’ll also develop a greater awareness of the commercial environment and how to promote your own music. 

You will study modules such as:

At this stage, you’ll build a solid foundation for your future studies, learning the basics of music technology and music production while gaining a contextual overview.

You'll study modules such as: 

  • Sound Technology
  • Electronic and Mathematical Fundamentals
  • Music Theory for Production
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Sonic Applications
  • Music and Creative Technologies

You’ll develop your understanding of studio equipment and acoustics while taking your production skills to an advanced level. You’ll also explore the commercial context of music and can gain academic credit for relevant work experience.   

You’ll study modules such as: 

  • Music Business and Management
  • Studio Techniques
  • Computer Music Systems 
  • Acoustics
  • Video/Video Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Sound System Engineering
  • Studio Production Workshop 

If you want to gain more substantial work experience, you can take an optional work placement between stages two and three to apply your academic knowledge in a work environment. During the placement, you'll study an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice which features modules such as:

  • Applied Professional Practice 
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice 

A large part of your final year is made up of your own production and research projects, centred on a relevant area of your choice. The taught modules at this stage of the course relate to music and sound perception as well as the commercial environment.  

You’ll study modules such as: 

  • Research Project
  • Entertainment Industry: Professional Practice
  • Music Production Portfolio (Double Module)
  • Studio Post Production
  • Multi-channel Sound and Auditory Perception
  • Live Performance
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Find out more about Music Technology and Production

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Learning and assessment 

The course is set in the context of the music industry and the recording studio, covering all aspects of the production process through to the completion of recordings to a commercial standard. There is an emphasis on practical studio skills where you will prepare, record, process and edit material to create a finished product. You’ll also undertake laboratory work, conducting experiments in areas of science and technology such as acoustics or electronics.  

The Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) assessors praised our Music courses for their “unique personality” and for the dynamic collaborations with courses specialising in video, graphics, sound, light and technical theatre. They said they found our students to be “lively, enthusiastic and eloquent – clearly enjoying their student experience.” 

Strong employer links are a hallmark of this course. Our staff are actively engaged in projects across the industry, which opens doors for you to work on real-world projects, gain work experience, and hear from visiting performers and industry representatives. We have strong connections with companies such as Avid, Apple music products training division, Steinberg, Focusrite, Oxford Sound & Media, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.   

Various assessment methods are used on this course, all designed to support your progress and give you just the right level of challenge. They include coursework, portfolios, assignments, case studies, oral and graphic presentations, collaborative and interdisciplinary team work projects, laboratory work, internet-based investigations, computer testing and exams. 

Facilities 

You’ll discover a superb range of music making facilities at our Markeaton Street site, including state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, auditoria, music technology labs and three post-production rooms equipped with latest software.  

The University has invested almost £350,000 in these facilities, ensuring you have access to resources which match those of professional studios in the UK and overseas. We offer a wide range of instruments, amplifiers and outboard gear on which you can develop your skills, together with a classic 48 channel Neve recording console.   

We are the first UK university to have a Wave1 processor installed which has placed us at the forefront of developments in 3D sound – thanks to our close relationship with Swiss-based company Sonic Emotion.

While these studio facilities will provide an excellent setting for your taught sessions, they are also available for you to book at other times to fine-tune your personal music projects. 

You will also hone your performance skills at venues across the city, including Derby Theatre which the University owns and runs as a professional producing theatre.

People you will meet 

You'll be taught by practising professionals, who have an excellent knowledge of the music industry.   

Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

For a glimpse of last year’s Degree Show take a look at our flickr photo album.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 112 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C at A level in Computing, Maths, Science or Technology or another related subject

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

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Careers

Playing a critical role in the UK’s creative economy, the music industry is undergoing dramatic change. New digital distribution models are emerging, live events are rocketing in popularity, and exciting new ways of music-making are constantly evolving. It means that professionals specialising in music technology and production are in greater demand than ever before – in the UK and overseas.   

Sound and music technology is important in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. Sound recordists, music producers, audio engineers, broadcasters, musicians, composers, film-makers, computer game designers and sound designers all use music technology in some form or other. Our graduates have progressed into many fields of professional activity including production and studio work, outside broadcast management and web design.  

You can also consider taking your skills to the next level by studying our MA Music Production

Programme leader

John Crossley

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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