At the nexus of creativity, technology and business, the MSc Music Engineering and Production is designed for graduates who want to further develop their music engineering and production skills, to establish a career as a professional producer in the music industry or related fields.
An important element of the music engineering masters is the practical application of your knowledge to generate highly creative work.
Allied areas are also examined, which allows graduates to apply their skills in many other media-related fields, including film and animation. Such a strategic approach to your higher-level study engenders responsibility, critical thinking, problem-solving, and the highly creative generation of musical and visual tangibles
The focus of the module is split between theory and application, including developing professional techniques with advanced technology for sound post-production. Context for both commercial and academic activity will be studied (including theoretical frameworks) related to foley, sound design, mixing, editing, spotting, voice-over, sound effects generation, and general sound presentation format systems. The module content has applications to disciplines including television, film, and video games.
This module will explore key historical developments with current manifestations. Through analysis, it engenders critical appraisal and develop individual technique. This will be underpinned by extensive repertoire studies, within theoretical frameworks.
Contextualisation of sound recording engineering, technological development, contemporary technologies within a modern recording studio demonstrating application of recording technologies and systems, recording chain, microphones, preamps, analogue and digital consoles, tracking, mixing, editing, processing, multi-channel recording, operational/management and safety issues, technologies, multi-track techniques, mixing and editing.
Professional Music Production
This module aims to further develop production skills, in a way tailored to individual students interests and aspirations; to find a self-motivated and self/peer-reflective approach to development and improvement of skills and knowledge; to encourage the conception, planning and execution of projects that make the best use of available resources to achieve a desired outcome; to enable students to build a body of work that best represents their skills, understanding and interests.
This module aims to introduce students to the spatial hearing capabilities of the auditory system and to investigate spatial audio systems including stereo, binaural, 5.1 and ambisonics in terms of theory and practical use. There will be opportunities to audition and experiment with a number of different surround systems and software during practical sessions in the recording studios, Atmos suite and computer lab.
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module has been developed for students working in (or with) the creative industries sector who wish to develop and bring to fruition a business idea, a social enterprise or a significant cultural innovation. It places individual creativity within a wider societal, economic and political framework and, informed by those contexts, enables students to apply proven models for cultural and creative business development to their own entrepreneurial practice.
Final Major Project
As appropriate to each individual student project. During this module students will build upon knowledge and experience gained during earlier stages of postgraduate study to complete a major project which will be ambitious in its scope. Students will be expected to become increasingly independent in their ability to negotiate their project and to seek out help, information, expertise within and outside a supportive environment (as appropriate to their coursework). Students will be expected to demonstrate the sustained application of advanced skills, knowledge and critical awareness in pursuit and completion of their major project.
The music engineering masters is taught in a professional and friendly creative environment. All staff are industry trained and active in research and/or consultancy.
You will have studio and workshop tutorials that are supported by lectures, seminars, integrated case study analysis, discussion groups and multimedia presentations.
There is also a programme of industry-related guest lectures delivered by experienced visiting lecturers.