Creative Music Technology

The Music Technology degree course at Swansea College of Art UWTSD is located in the former BBC purpose built suite industry-standard recording studios and broadcast hall, which boasts one of the finest acoustic spaces in the UK. The programme provides extensive training in a wide range of specialisms from Sound Design, Studio Production, Live and Studio Recording, Game Audio,  Audio Postproduction, Music Video Production to Spatial Audio and Music Software Development.

Graduates from the programme are well prepared for all aspects of this massive subject, and as a result are highly employable across the Digital Media and Creative Industries sector. The department is lucky to have the Swasnea Laptop Orchestra in residence at the studios.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

BA Creative Music Technology
UCAS Code: J931
Apply via UCAS 

MMusTech Creative Music Technology 
UCAS Code: 5P2Y
Apply via UCAS

How to apply

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David

All our course come under the institution code T80

Visit the University's apply section to find out more.


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Course Length:
3-4 years Full-time
6-8 years Part-time

5 reasons to study this course 

  1. Experienced and wide ranging expertise in the staff.
  2. Excellent collaborative opportunities with all disciplines in the Swansea College of Art.
  3. One to One support on all major projects undertaken.
  4. Individual studio time for all students.
  5. Opportunities to study abroad.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Our Music Technology programme is largely practice based focussing on innovation and production across contemporary media, both technical and artistic.

The coures is not only for technicians, composers, musicians and artists who seek to become experts in the latest computer studio technology for music and applied sound production. Technical skills are one thing, but the teaching staff pay particular attention to the development of the ears, highly intuitive listening skills and microscopic aural acuteness, that give our graduates a distinctive unique sonic voice.

What you'll learn

  • Comprehensive knowledge of a range of industry standard softwares;
  • A detailed knowledge of the history of technology;
  • Creative lateral thinking;
  • Research skills;
  • Application of technologies
  • Communication skills that will allow the student to make effective presentations, talk coherently and intelligently about their subject area, and be able write clearly and concisely;
  • Experience of working in teams.
  • Trans-disciplinary practice.
Modules

Year 1

Level 4 Modules 

  • The Studio Engineer
  • Sound Design
  • Studio Music Theory
  • The Studio Producer
  • Ways of Thinking
  • Hacking tools and technologies
  • Music Systems Programming
  • Ways of Perceiving 

Year 2

Level 5 Modules

  • Roadshow
  • Sound and the Moving Image
  • Live and Studio Recording
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Studio Composition
  • Audio Post-production
  • Spatial Audio
  • Research Practices

Year 3

Level 6 Modules

  • Major Project
  • Advanced Game Audio
  • Extended Studio Composition
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Music Video Production
  • Dissertation

Year 4 (MMusTech only)

Level 7 Modules

  • Creative Venture Development
  • Creative Enterprise
  • Research and Communication
  • Creative Venture Realisation
Assessment

Students on the programme are assessed predominantly by portfolio and creative output assignments, compositions, recordings, productions, creative projects etc. Written analysis and critique are also integral to the assessment, as well as presentations and vivas.

Through all the projects undertaken, students develop both practical skills and an understanding of theoretical principles.

The course assesses the students’ command the many roles of technology in the creation of music, taking a multi-skilled approach, whilst giving students the opportunity to specialise in areas in which they would like to take their careers on later in the course.

Our Facilities, Graduates and Industry Links

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Key Information

Staff
Entry Criteria

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email artanddesign@uwtsd.ac.uk as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

See our Interview Guide for more information.

Career Opportunities

The entertainment industry and, in particular, recorded and broadcast media, has grown dramatically in recent years. The industry employs a large number of people distributed across a range of different activities.

Currently there are approximately three hundred recording companies active in the UK, ranging from small, specialist labels to large multi-national companies. Several thousand recording studios exist, along with thousands more live performance venues, sound equipment hire companies and musical equipment manufacturers. Added to this are television and radio production companies, computer games designers, internet content providers, to name but a few, all of whom have a requirement for music technology skills.

In the last few years, the explosion in the sales of multimedia home computers and surround sound cinema systems has also resulted in opportunities in the areas involving surround sound systems and related audio technology.

Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.

However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing. 

Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course.  We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.  

A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first.  Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase. 

Depending on distance and duration, optional study visits can vary in cost from approximately £10 to visit local galleries and exhibitions to £200+ for overseas visits – these costs cover things like transport, entry to venues and accommodation and are normally at reduced rates for our students.

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Student Quotes

Jake Bourton (Bafta Cymru nominated) Sound for Film and TV

"My time on the Music Technology course was I couldn't have done it without such a good lecturing team, and invaluable industry experience afforded to me.

Josh Hughes (guitarist/ sound artist)

“It's been a great course and I've definitely learnt a lot! All our year group agreed that the staff are truly inspirational. I can't believe how fast it's gone!!“

Gareth Lumb (Game Audio Designer)

“My time at Swansea furnished me with a lot of the skills I needed to run my own business.  I was introduced to a wide range of interests within my field and both my horizons and my mind were broadened. The staff instilled in me a huge amount of confidence in my own ability to follow my career path but also with the humility to know that I can always learn and develop further.“

Bursary/ Scholarship Information

Swansea College of Art at UWTSD offers two Academic awards:  

  • Swansea College of Art 1853 Scholarship
  • Cert HE Foundation Bursary

Information on these as well as University wide offers can be found here.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Erasmus 
During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.

Study Abroad 
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.

For more information please click here