The Foundation Degree in Music Technology is designed to prepare you for employment in the music industry. It is a vocational course consisting of practical-based units of study, all of which relate directly to real industry practice.
As well as the main qualification, you will also have an opportunity to gain globally-recognised certification in industry-standard music production software, and you will learn in an environment that encourages a focus on industry-related skills.
You will need:
- 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
- 48 UCAS points from Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
- Equivalent Level 3 qualification.
We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.
Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype/telephone. Practical examples will need to be sent before the interview and this should be arranged with the interviewer. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing a broad range of experience in music technology (recording, sequencing, performing).
During the course you will cover topics including:
- Recording and Mixing
- Music Software
- Context and Listening
- The Business of Music Technology
- 21st Century Production Techniques
- Production Styles
- Music and Media
- Major Project
- The Business of Music Production.
You will also be commissioned directly by our industry partners as part of the assignments you will undertake.
Assessment will take the form of assessed practical work, written evaluations or presentations. Teaching methods include practical workshops, lectures, tutorials, seminars and group/individual support.
Further study and career options
You can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Music Technology degree. This course will also give you the skills you need to start a career in the music industry; for example in creative music production, recording, entertainment and new media.
You will need to study a minimum of three hours per week, Mon-Fri. The days and times will depend upon the units you study. Additional study will be required outside College, and we also provide access to facilities outside normal timetable hours.
On this course, you will also be able to establish links with Media Junction which is run by the University of Bedfordshire and aims to enhance the student experience by creating opportunities for students to network with each other, across degree pathways in order to make films and create media content. The initiative is designed to allow students to better understand how freelance work and networking is a staple of the creative industries.