Reasons to study Music Technology BASc at De Montfort University:
- Explore the whole spectrum of music technology, from performance and production techniques to developing software and audio engineering.
- On this course, you will study a range of topics from the scientific and technical to the creative and artistic. Modules include: an introduction to studio techniques, performing with technology, procedural programming formusic, live sound and location recording, plugin development and ensemblerecording.
- Tailor your degree by choosing from the broad selection of optional modules available to develop your key interests and prepare you for careers such as performance artist, studio engineer, software designer and composer.
- Embark on enriching trips abroad with #DMUglobal, our international experiences programme, with recent opportunities including working and performing in spaces in Sweden, Italy and France.
- Join a number of groups and societies, including DMU Music, the award winning Demon Media and Dirty Electronics, an ensemble of staff and students building their own instruments for performance.
Music Technology BASc (Hons) is an innovative degree at DMU that will let you explore, choose, and develop the skills you want to shape your future in music industries. Exceptional opportunities in music technology can arise for individuals who can link creative vision with deep technical understanding. The design of the BASc Music Technology degree — the only one in the UK — reflects this. Every year you will be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules to tailor your knowledge of Music and Audio Technology: half of your modules from arts-oriented BA options and the other half from technology and science-oriented BSc options.
Structure and assessment
- Sound analysis and perception (Core)
- Introduction to Music and Sonic Art (Core)
- Writing and Research / Academic Essentials (Core)
- Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (Core)
- Introduction to Studio Techniques (Optional)
- Live Coding (Optional)
- Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (Optional)
- Foundations of Music (Optional)
- Creating with Technology (Optional)
- Performing with Technology (Optional)
- Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (Optional)
- Audio Electronics Fundamentals (Optional)
- Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing (Optional)
- Studio Recording Essentials (Optional)
- Audio Engineering Fundamentals (Optional)
- Ideas in Music and Sonic Arts (Core)
- Further Digital Signal Processing (Core)
- Acoustics Fundamentals core Composing with Technology (Optional)
- Performing with Technology (Optional)
- Sounds and Images (Optional) Creative Coding (Optional)
- Sound Diffusion (Optional) Studio Production Techniques (Optional)
- Procedural Programming for Music (Optional)
- Further Audio Electronics (Optional)
- Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (Optional)
- Live Sound and Location Recording (Optional)
- Electronic Instrument Building (Optional) Sound for Screen (Optional)
- Spatial Composition (Optional)
- Visual Programming for Music (Optional)
- Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (Optional)
- Ensemble Recording (Optional)
- Plugin Development (Optional)
- Negotiated Project (Optional)
- MAT Research Project (Core)
- Music, Media and Community Arts (Optional)
- MAT Personal Practice (Optional) Sound Installations and Environments (Optional)
- Sound Design (Optional) Composing for Dance (Optional)
- Music Industry Management (Optional)
- Advanced Digital Signal Processing (Optional)
- Algorithmic Music (Optional)
- Acoustics Applications optiona
- Spatial Audio Production (Optional)
- Music Information Retrieval (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.