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Fees and Funding

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Overview

The sound and music industry is transforming. Traditional careers are adapting to include creative industries that require skills in sound and music production. The broadcast, film, theatre, games and immersive experience industries are growing and thriving.

We see opportunities for multi-skilled, digitally fluent, dynamic and adaptable sound and music creators, who can initiate and present innovative ideas in modern and engaging ways.

The BA (Hons) Music Technology and Production is part of a suite of programmes for applied practice in professional industry contexts. The key features of these programmes are: A focus on Ideas, Creative Enterprise and Collaboration, Portfolio of Transferable Skills, Professional Industry Projects.

You will develop and apply a range of specialist technical and creative skills in sound and music production, working collaboratively within interdisciplinary projects modelled on professional practice in the music industry.

The principal focus of the BA Music Technology and Production will be Music Production and Studio Production, with some elements of sound design and non-linear performance and production processes shared with other programmes in the suite. 

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

What makes this course different

East London

East London

Our course, centred in east London's thriving hub of creativity, attracts the best new emerging musical talent in the UK and abroad.

Hands-on approach

Hands-on approach

Our focus is on project-led teaching that reflects industry-led briefs, so you'll learn as you create.

Specialist equipment

Specialist equipment

You'll compose, produce and perform using £750,000 worth of equipment in our recording studios, post-production suites and rehearsal and performance areas.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We're offering you a unique opportunity to develop and apply specialist skills in collaborative industry-focused projects.

You will develop a range of practical skills and techniques, and collaboration skills, while developing an understanding of the professional, cultural, social, and technological contexts of your practice.

If you join in the foundation year, you will have the opportunity to transform and develop your existing experience and skills in creative practice and establish key academic skills to prepare you for undergraduate study.

The first year of undergraduate study develops core technical and creative skills in key areas of disciplinary practice and collaboration. You will participate in industry-modelled projects in collaboration with students from other related disciplines.

In the second year you will experiment further, explore different approaches to individual and collaborative practice, engaging with external practitioners and organisations, and developing employability skills as part of a Professional Life module.

In the third year of study you will become more focused on the development of your own specialist ideas, practice and research, individually and in collaboration with others, internal and external to the University.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Sound and Music Skills 1

    In this module you will establish and develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

    • BA Music Performance and Production
    • BA Music Technology and Production
    • BA Sound and Music for Media
    • BA Sound and Music for Games
    • BA Sound and Music for Theatre

    Each pathway will develop core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Group Work 1

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will apply disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, through creative collaboration. You will also develop understanding of the context of your work. You will carry out roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Professional Outcomes

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Sound and Music Skills 2

    In this module you will establish and develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

    • BA Music Performance and Production
    • BA Music Technology and Production
    • BA Sound and Music for Media
    • BA Sound and Music for Games
    • BA Sound and Music for Theatre

    Each pathway will develop core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Group Work 2

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration with other disciplines, project management and production. You will also develop understanding and insight into the context of your work. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Music Technology and Production Technique 1

    In this module you will establish and develop specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway:

    • BA Music Technology and Production

    The skills you develop will be integrated and applied within a collaborative multidisciplinary project (Multidisciplinary Project 1), working with other disciplines within the cluster to produce a internal performance, creative production or installation project (Public Project 1).

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    Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of collaboration within the performing and creative arts. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, and technological context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    In disciplinary practice disciplinary skills are developed and applied within defined areas of practice through collaboration with others.

    Collaborative practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Public Project 1

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Music Technology and Production Technique 2

    In this module you will extend and refine specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway:

    • BA Music Technology and Production

    The skills you develop will be integrated and applied within a collaborative project (Multidisciplinary Project 2), working with other disciplines within the cluster to produce a public performance, creative production or installation project (Mental Wealth: Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 2).

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    Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice. Collaborative Practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research, developing understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having developed skills and understanding of the key developmental areas of competency, students will participate in FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

    In this module students will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Music Technology and Production Craft 1

    In this module you will establish and develop specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway:

    BA Music Technology and Production

    • Sound Design and composition for film, games and multimedia
    • Music Production and music technology in performance
    • Studio Production and sound engineering
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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of interdisciplinary collaboration within the performing and creative arts, making reference to key models of practice and practitioners. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, technological, economic and environmental context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, as well as develop and integrate skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect models of professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Music Technology and Production Craft 2

    In this module you will refine specialised integrated disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway:

    Indicative Disciplinary skills include:

    BA Music Technology and Production

    • Sound Design and composition for film, games and multimedia
    • Music Production and music technology in performance
    • Studio Production and sound engineering, mixing and mastering
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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative interdisciplinary projects that model professional practice, and which result in a public engagement, performance or presentation of creative or participatory work.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration and facilitation, project management and production, and research. You will demonstrate understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice in contemporary multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will facilitate and produce projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Producer'. In this position they will take on a specific production role, working collaboratively with peers and academic staff on a live project. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and external development) required in the workplace. In addition to the intelligences developed in the level 4 Mental Wealth Module, students will also focus on service-orientation, self-discipline & management, reaction & response time, cognitive & muscle memory, managing stress, critical thinking, Complex problem-solving, research, synthesis & analysis.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

  • Core Modules
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    Music Technology and Production Advanced Practice and Innovation

    In this module you will develop advanced integrated creative and technical skills in the broad context of Performance, Technology, and Interactivity.

    Research and Development

    This module extends practice in previous module strands at levels 4 and 5. Students will be able specialise and focus on a particular pathway, or integrate pathways. The module also aligns with the Final Project modules, and links can be made between practice and research in both modules along the following pathways:

    • Live Electronic Sound
    • Band Musicianship
    • Music Production
    • Studio Production
    • Sound Design and Composition
    • Linear and Non-Linear media models (e.g. Sound and Music for Games, Sound Installation, algorithmic composition)
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    Final Project: Research and Development

    Research and Development

    In this module you will establish a design portfolio of research and development materials in collaboration with others culminating in a proposal for an interdisciplinary practice-based project, which you will design and lead, and a related written research topic.

    You will establish relevant collaborations with others appropriate to your proposed project (e.g. creative collaborations across disciplines, creative and technical collaboration, production support, marketing strategy and implementation, project management). These relationships will model professional practice and may internal and / external to the University environment.

    Key features

    • Research and propose a substantial creative and collaborative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice
    • Produce a review of literature and other relevant research sources
    • Present research and development materials reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Public Project 3

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Music Technology and Production Advanced Practice and Enterprise

    Implementation and Impact

    The module will develop advanced skills and understanding in the follow areas:

    • Performance and performance technologies
    • Composition and design
    • Managing the Creative Process
    • Ownership and access
    • Networks
    • Advanced music technology
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    • Events production
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    Final Project: Implementation and Impact

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will implement and deliver an interdisciplinary practice-based collaborative project, which you will design and lead, accompanied by a written research report on your chosen research topic.

    Having established working relationships with others in the design, research and development of your project, you will continue to collaborate in the implementation phase, innovating and leveraging ways of working across and within disciplines towards transdisciplinary practice and presentation in the public and professional domain.

    You will deliver your project within the parameters defined in your proposal and through leadership and management of the project's implementation, making appropriate adjustments and modifications to facilitate the its progress. You will present the project outcomes and measure its impact following models of professional and academic practice evaluated in your research proposal.

     

    Key Features

    • Design, produce and lead a substantial creative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice and produce a report
    • Present creative interdisciplinary projects innovatively in the digital domain
    • Present research outcomes reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will manage and lead projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Manager'. In this position they will oversee the successful operation of the enterprise, coach and mentor students new to the programme and lead those working in 'producer' roles. Working collaboratively with peers and academic staff, they will ensure the effective delivery of a live project by managing people and physical resources. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) required in the workplace.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Your journey will  begin at Foundation level, where you will establish core skills and techniques in common projects: Music Performance, Music Production, Studio Production, Sound Design and Creative Portfolio Development.

At level 4 you will begin to focus on developing specialist techniques for your chosen programme pathway, as well as collaborating in live projects with students from other programmes, including Music, Games, Media, Theatre, and Dance: Urban Practice.

Level 4 Projects: Music Skills, Producing an EPK, Imaginary Productions, Linear Recording Methods, Sound Design and the Environment, My Music My Revolution, Performance Skills 1, Live Collision, Sound Design for Adaptive Contexts, Creative Portfolio Production.

At level 5 :

  • Common Projects: Narrative Production, Design Thinking, Creative Agency, Our Music Our Revolution.
  • Specialist projects:  Sound and Music for Film, Performance Skills 2, Instant Composition, Creative Capture and Production, Sound Craft, Linear Composition, Adaptive Audio Programming, Sound and Music Direction

At level 6 the key focus will be upon a pattern of research, development, implementation and impact, through which you will develop a portfolio of advanced practice and skills innovation, and a final project portfolio.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Projects 

Professional practice, innovation, enterprise and engagement will be modelled and applied in live projects and assessed through the development of an online creative portfolio. Each piece of coursework will be presented as a digital portfolio. 

Assessment of portfolios is split as follows: 80% Practice Portfolio and 20% Coursework Portfolios

Practice Portfolio

Practice Portfolios include a range of creative artefacts associated with disciplinary and interdisciplinary practice, developed through production, composition, design, writing, and other creative activities. Practice portfolios are used to capture multi-dimensional evidence relating to the product of a creative process.

Coursework Portfolios 

Coursework Portfolios report the process of creating practical work. They will often include production reports to illustrate and evaluate the process, as well as integrating research and contextualisation, including formative assessment evidence.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Sound and Music programmes at UEL develop an existing base of core skills in sound and music creation and production and apply these to specific industrial contexts in collaborative projects that simulate professional practice, and which integrate with the Music industry in live projects.

The BA Music Technology and Production programme will develop a core set of skills in be Music Production and Studio Production, with some elements of sound design and non-linear performance and production processes shared with other programmes in the suite, and will also develop transferable skills (linked to UEL Core Competencies and the Career Passport) for the creative industries.

Students will be able to collaborate and participate in a range of projects, resulting in a portfolio of project work that represents a broad range of skills and experience, with depth of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills. This approach anticipates a diverse world of work, building skills in learners to create coherence and impact that is transferable across multiple contexts.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.