BA Music Technology




Intensive training is offered in a wide range of music technology related skills and activities. The suite of studios at the university are fully equipped offering a wide range of industry standard software and hardware and purpose built recording and performance spaces.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: J931
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
Swansea College of Art
Contact Name:
Simon Kilshaw
Contact Email:
simon.kilshaw@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • Swansea furnished me with a lot of the skills I needed to run my own business. I was introduced to a wide range of interests within my field and both my horizons and my mind were broadened. The staff instilled in me a huge amount of confidence in my own ability to follow my career path but also with the humility to know that I can always learn and develop.

    Gareth Lumb


The BA in Music Technology aims to cultivate wide-ranging technical and aesthetic skills associated with the broad subject of music technology. The music technology department is a vibrant and key player in the cross disciplinary ethos of the Swansea School of Digital Media. The school offers an exciting portfolio of digital media courses, and our practice-based degrees offer an opportunity for the student to develop the key skills necessary for employment in the creative and cultural industries. Our new programmes celebrate the combination of creative and logical thinking necessary to perform many of the cross-disciplinary functions needed in these industries: digital artists who have cultivated a rich combination of creative and technical skills and who can maintain a broad cross-disciplinary awareness.

Developing people with this approach can be difficult - particularly the combination of creative and technical thinking - but it is the intention of our degree programmes to inspire such people. The School includes a dedicated team of friendly staff, many of whom have extensive industry experience. We have strong links with industry, use the latest releases of industry-standard software, and have extensive facilities for the creation of 3D computer animation, computer games, audio, video, and interactive content for the web and mobile devices.

  • Production Practice 1
  • Studio Practice
  • Digital Audio Systems
  • The Music Business
  • Contextual Studies
  • Electronics
  • Production Practice 2
  • Production Practice 3
  • Sound Lab 2
  • Synthesis
  • Marketing
  • Mixing
  • Sound for New Media
  • Live Sound
  • Technical Paper
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Major Project
  • Project Seminar

Being a creative digital artist one of the only thriving, pivotal industries of this extraordinarily progressive era means that you will be a key player in the social, cultural, and political transformations our society is currently going through. It means opportunity: the opportunity to contribute to and enrich the future of our global connected culture.

Coursework, portfolio, practical, presentation

Potential students for the Programme would be those that have already shown a commitment to Higher Education, either by obtaining suitable entry-level qualifications or meeting entry requirements for those who may be coming back into Higher Education from work environments. All prospective students are invited to visit the School and discuss the programme in detail with the Programme Director. Swansea School of Digital Media organises open days on a regular basis to address this approach to admissions across its programmes. Potential students for the programme would typically come from either a music technology or related digital media background, although it is not limited to these. As noted above, applicants for the Audio Production pathway will be expected to have at least Grade 5 Music Theory, or equivalent knowledge. Part-time students are likely to be employed or living within the local region. It is anticipated that the changes in the university funding infrastructure will generate a greater demand from this group of students.

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email artanddesign@uwtsd.ac.uk as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

See our Interview Guide for more information. 

It is the School’s experience that its graduates have an excellent range of technologically advanced transferable skills that enable them to gain employment in a diverse range of contemporary media companies as well as becoming directly employed in the music industry. In this sense, Swansea School of Digital Media offers a unique opportunity to students in that the student on entering the School is fully integrated into the commercial digital media sector through the strong relationships the School has developed with individual companies. These companies have access to the students throughout their time at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and so have the opportunity of watching at close hand individual developments. This has helped enormously to secure employment on graduation for a significant number of the School’s students.

Graduates from the Music Technology programmes will have gained the following transferable skills such as an Comprehensive knowledge of a range of industry standard software; A detailed knowledge of the history of technology; Creative lateral thinking; Research skills; Communication skills that will allow the student to make effective presentations, talk coherently and intelligently about their subject area, and be able write clearly and concisely; Experience of working in teams. Many graduates choose to embark onto the Masters in Creative Sound Production offered by the university.

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.

 

Erasmus

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.

Study Abroad

Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.

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