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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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Please note that the UCAS 'on-time' application deadline for equal consideration is Wednesday 25 January 2023.
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