FdA
Undergraduate - Level 4 & 5

Sound & Music Technology

Online
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Four students producing music using a mixture of hardware controllers and synthesisers
A young male student setting a microphone for a recording session
A female tutor teaching a young male student how to record using Logic Pro X in one of dBs Plymouth's recording suites

Our FdA Sound & Music Technology degree is the ideal foundation for a career in the music industry. You'll study the latest technologies while developing your creative abilities, making it your perfect pathway into career opportunities in creative or technical areas of the music industry.

Key Information
  • Where can I study?
    Bristol / Manchester
  • Start Date
    September 2024
  • Study Modes
    Full-Time
  • Course Length
    2 Years
  • UK/Home Fees (Per Year)
    £9,250
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Sound & Music Technology

Course Overview

Our FdA Sound and Music Technology degree is a highly technical course that combines fundamental and advanced music production techniques with advanced creative strategies and disciplines, giving you the skills needed to create high-quality music.

Using industry-standard studio hardware and software such as Ableton, Logic and Pro Tools, you'll explore all aspects of professional studio practice including recording, mixing, mastering and cutting-edge technologies including immersive audio and interactive sound design. Your advanced skills will enable you to deliver high-quality music projects utilising cutting-edge practices. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an industry placement in your second year as well as work on commercial briefs.

The course has been designed not only to develop your skills in sound and music technology but also provide you with a broad base of skills linked to a wide range of areas within the creative industries and beyond. Upon completion of this 2-year degree, you'll also have the option to top-up your qualification to a full BA (Hons) with one further year of full-time study on either our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering or BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degrees.

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Access Creative College

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Falmouth University

Course Details

You will study a total of 12 modules, covering the fundamentals in audio creation and production, as well as a research project that can inform a dissertation should you top up to a full BA (Hons). Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

A wide shot of a student using some synths

Year Overview

Year 1

Module Breakdown

In year 1 of your Sound & Music Technology foundation degree, you will develop your technical and creative skills by exploring key principles of music production and recording. You'll hone your skills with DAWs like Logic Pro, Ableton and ProTools. You will also investigate current issues surrounding revenue streams and employment opportunities.

Year 2

Year two of the degree provides you with an opportunity to develop your industry-relevant skills, knowledge and understanding through an industry placement, alongside working on commercial briefs. You will deepen your understanding of sound and music technologies by experimenting with hardware and exploring advanced mixing and mastering techniques as well as immersive audio. Your studies culminate with a research project focused on an area of interest of your choosing.

How You'll Learn

Focusing on both in-the-box production and studio-based recording and engineering, you will quickly build a broad suite of skills. Alongside your learning in audio production and recording, you’ll get hands-on with hardware instruments and effects, build your proficiency with multiple DAWs and develop practical skills through practice-based workshops, and learn to evaluate and improve your work through both group and individual tutorials. Regular learning will come from lectures, seminars and our Virtual Learning Environment. In addition your learning will be supported by:

You will learn through:

  • Lectures and practical workshops
  • Masterclasses and guest lectures
  • Group and 1-2-1 tutorials
  • Access to extensive studio facilities and bookable equipment
  • Use of library resources and study spaces
  • Access to our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Access to supporting online resources including videos, reading and interactive activities

Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to our virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice.

On average you should allow for between 40 - 50 hours per week for your studies of which approximately 25% will be taught (c.10 hours) and 75% will be self-study.

Why Choose dBs

Here at dBs Institute, we pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that reflects the industry that you want to work in. Our state-of-the-art facilities ensure that you are working on professional-grade equipment; our course leaders have years of industry experience to draw from and we foster a community of students and staff that inspires and encourages collaboration. Throughout your studies and beyond, we will also provide you with career support and guidance to reach your future goals.

Facilities

Our 8.1 Spatial Audio Lab
Bristol
Our 8.1 Spatial Audio Lab
Mixing in our Dolby Atmos suite
Manchester
Mixing in our Dolby Atmos suite
Inside our Dolby Atmos suite
Bristol
Inside our Dolby Atmos suite
Our Solid State Logic Duality Delta mixing desk
Bristol
Our Solid State Logic Duality Delta mixing desk
Mic'ing up drums in the Studio 6 live room
Bristol
Mic'ing up drums in the Studio 6 live room
Hands-on with our Trident 68 mixing desk
Manchester
Hands-on with our Trident 68 mixing desk
The live room for our Neve Genesys suite
Plymouth
The live room for our Neve Genesys suite
Our Neve Genesys mixing desk
Plymouth
Our Neve Genesys mixing desk
The live room for our Neve Genesys Black pro suite
Manchester
The live room for our Neve Genesys Black pro suite
Inside the Neve Genesys Black pro suite
Manchester
Inside the Neve Genesys Black pro suite
Hands-on with hardware synths and controllers
Plymouth
Hands-on with hardware synths and controllers
Spinning a record on our Technics 1210 turntable
Plymouth
Spinning a record on our Technics 1210 turntable
A hardware synth performance in Studio 3
Bristol
A hardware synth performance in Studio 3
Producing electronic music in our production suite
Plymouth
Producing electronic music in our production suite
Students making music in the production suite
Bristol
Students making music in the production suite
Our API 1608 mixing console
Bristol
Our API 1608 mixing console
The live room for the Neve pro suite
Manchester
The live room for the Neve pro suite
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    Why Choose a Online
    Degree at dBs

    Our online master's degrees offers a high-quality, immersive, and community-driven learning experience, led by industry experts who are passionate about their craft. With 24/7 access to course materials and resources, you can learn at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Plus, our hands-on projects will equip you with practical skills necessary for a successful career in the music industry.
    A female student works on her laptop

    Flexible study

    Enjoy the freedom to fit your learning around you. For online students, course content – other than one-to-one sessions – will be available to access whenever suits you. Video materials that have been created for online students will also be made available to students that select to study on-site.

    dBs Online tutor kris burton sits in front of our API desk at dBs

    Learn from the pros

    You will learn from tutors whose expertise extends across production, composition, sound design, sound engineering, label management, marketing and promotion.

    You’ll also have access to our extensive guest lecture programme, giving you the chance to meet leading industry professionals – ranging from respected producers and performers to specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies.

    Student working on a project at dBs Pro

    Industry Connections

    As a student of this course, you will be encouraged to apply for placements and opportunities with dBs Pro, our in-house creative audio company.
    This will allow you to further your experience and apply the skills you have been honing, as well as showcase your skills to clients and develop your creative own links in the industry.

    What our students say

    Who better to tell you about our course than students already doing the course? In this video, some of our latest cohort talk about their experience of the dBs online masters degrees.

    Tutors

    Alex Wilkins

    Alex Wilkins

    BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Course Leader
    Alex is a music composition and production specialist who never stops learning about sound. He may also be the only person to try producing electronic music using Pro Tools…
    Liam O'Mullane

    Liam O'Mullane

    BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production Module Leader
    Liam is one of our Ableton Live Certified Trainers, whose passion for all things music takes him down countless creative ‘rabbit-holes’.
    Martin Peacock

    Martin Peacock

    FdA Sound & Music Technology Course Leader
    Cutting his teeth for over 15 years as a reputable Dubstep artist, Martin loves spending time on sound design, synthesis and building his own instruments.
    Pete Day

    Pete Day

    BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Course Leader
    With a career spanning three decades, Pete has countless accolades as a chart-topping mix engineer for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Stock Aitken Waterman and more.
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      Opportunities

      Engaging with our industry

      In our 20+ year history, we’ve built a strong network of contacts across the creative industries, that include AMS Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid and many more.

      Career support

      We strive to equip our students with the skills and opportunities to secure roles across the creative industries, and this goal underpins the student experience at dBs Institute.

      dBs Pro

      dBs Pro is a creative audio company with a difference - it’s dedicated to providing our students with real-world experience alongside their studies.

      Your Future Prospects

      Having built experience in electronic music production, sound engineering, composition, sound for screen and mastering, students studying the FdA will possess a broad skill set that opens many potential opportunities.

      Here are just some of the pathways that you can embark on as a result of studying this course:

      Carreers

      Endlessly creative and incredibly malleable, Composers for Screen provide visual media its emotional core.

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      Foley Artists and dubbing mixers bring film and television to life through the recording, editing and mixing of real world sounds, dialogue and sound effects to create an immersive viewing experience.

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      Vibe generators and masters of mood, DJ / Producers mix and create music to deliver unforgettable dance-floor experiences.

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      Meet the business-savvy, big picture thinkers who guide musical releases from early planning stages into the marketplace.

      Carreers

      Music Therapists combine compassion and creativity to help individuals overcome physical, emotional and social difficulties using music.

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      Creative problem-solvers and playful thinkers, Sound Designers use audio to bring projects to life.

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      Commanders of the control room, Studio Engineers help transform musical moments into timeless masterpieces by facilitating the production of music and sound.

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        How to Apply

        Applying for this course is easy! Simply click the "Apply" button below to submit your application directly through our website.
        A member of our Admissions Team will then be in touch to discuss your suitability for the course, your interests and to arrange an interview.

        Applications for undergraduate degrees are made through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply online through the UCAS website.

        Please note that the UCAS 'on-time' application deadline for equal consideration is 31st January 2024.

        UCAS Codes
        Campus
        Course Code
        Campus Code
        Institution Code
        Manchester
        W368
        J
        F33
        Bristol
        W350
        D
        F33

        If you would like to make an application for this course, fill in your details below and a member of our admissions team will be in touch to advise you through the application process.

        For detailed information on how to apply please take a look at our guide to making an application.

        Further Study

        Register your interest

        If you’d like to find out more about our postgraduate courses, please fill in the form below. Once submitted, a member of our admissions team will be in touch to discuss our postgraduate course offerings and the next steps of the application process.

        Please note, if you currently live outside of the UK and require a Tier 4 VISA to study in the United Kingdom, we are unable to accept your application for our on campus full-time or part-time postgraduate degree programmes. If this is the case, please apply for one of our online postgraduate courses instead.

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