Reasons to study Digital Music Technology (formerly Music Technology) at De Montfort University:
This course will give you a thorough understanding of the science and technological skills which underpin the music and audio industries.
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [ Office for Students, 2017]
- 100% of our Music Technology graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Multi-million pound specialist facilities
Our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio and radio production suites, and two fully equipped recording studios; allowing you to explore spatialisation, musical computing, sound recording and video
- Work placement opportunities
You will have an opportunity to apply for a work experience placement, supported by our Placements Team; in the past, we have placed students with our Creative Technology Studios and Lionhead Studios
- Award winning student group, Demon Media
Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, which includes The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
You’ll learn about what goes behind the scene of the booming digital music industry: from digital signal processing techniques to advances in artificial intelligence for Music. There is a strong emphasis on the application of knowledge, leading to practical and marketable skills for a variety of digital music-related careers, from music programming to sound design. You’ll also be able to collaborate with students from other music programmes to record, mix and master in our suite of comprehensively equipped studios, while learning about the important underlying electronic and computing technologies.
With optional modules in the final year, you can further develop your specific interests and tailor your degree to your intended career path.
Structure and assessment
- Sound analysis and perception (Core)
- Introduction to Studio Techniques (Core)
- Live Coding (Core)
- Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (Core)
- Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing and Control Systems (Core)
- Writing and Research / Academic Fundamentals (Core)
- Audio Electronics Fundamentals (Core)
- Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (Core)
- Further Digital Signal Processing (Core)
- Procedural Programming for Music (Core)
- Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (Core)
- Acoustics Fundamentals (Core)
- Visual Programming for Music (Core)
- Digital Audio Electronics (Core)
- Further Audio Electronics (Optional)
- Electronic Instrument Building (Optional)
- Composing with Technology (Optional)
- Performing with Technology (Optional)
- Studio Radio Production (Optional)
- Plugin Development (Optional)
- MAT Research Project (Core)
- Advanced Digital Signal Processing (Core)
- Algorithmic Music (Core)
- Music Information Retrieval (Core)
- Acoustics Applications (Optional)
- Sound Design (Optional)
- Spatial Audio Production (Optional)
- Advanced Musical Electronics (Optional)
- Artificial Intelligence for Music (Optional)
Facilities and features
Creative Technology Studios
Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.
The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.
Specifically, the facilities include:
- Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
- A suite of over 20 video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
- Television studios with high-definition video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
- Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
- Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
- Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
- Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
- A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.
The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images.
The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
Graduates have the key skills to pursue a variety of careers within the creative and media industries. Typical areas of employment include studio engineering, radio and television production, music for film and video, post-production, computer game sound design, technical sales and support, audiovisual installation, multimedia and web design.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.