BSc (Hons) Music & Sound Technology (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodePW33
- Year of entry 2022
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
access to production studios
setting in the Centre for the Creative Industries, home to BBC Wales
3rd in the UK
for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*
Why choose this course?
Practical experience is at the heart of our music & sound technology degree, giving you a critical understanding of key production processes and professional practices and developing your creativity.
- *study in a subject area rated 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction in the the Music subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
- complete a professional production of your own
- develop your skillset through gaining high-level technical appreciation and professional skills
- learn about operational aspects of music technology including production technologies, audio production, emerging technology, radio production, compositional technology, and live performance
- make full use of the university’s facilities including its 24/7 open access recording studio and the Centre for Creative Industries
- have opportunities to enhance your experience through our relationships with local music venues
Discover more about our Creative Media courses and facilities from our staff and students.
Key course features
- Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further studies.
- 24-hour open access to The Wall Recording Studio and guest lectures from leading technology companies and practitioners.
- Well-equipped computer labs with a wide selection of industry-related software.
- Work experience opportunities on regular Glyndwr.tv live sessions (Check out the Glyndwr TV YouTube channel for examples of our students work).
- All students are encouraged to become members of the professional body, The Audio Engineering Society (separate fees apply).
- Small cohort sizes and a friendly, community environment.
- Every student is offered the opportunity of working on professional sessions that will enhance their CV, ultimately making them more employable.
- *This course is in a subject area rated 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction the Music subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
During your foundation year you’ll receive an introduction to live working with creative media technology. You will learn through the experience of working with radio, recording, TV and journalism, as well as the various stages of media production. Students will also gain a broad overview of the current landscape of the media industries as well as introducing the social and cultural impact that the creative industries have within modern society.
- Studio Essentials
- Media Communication
- Media Culture
- Personal Project
- The Skills You Need
- Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)
The second year of the course covers core creativity and technology that is required to enable you to progress. There is a good mix of subjects and manners of delivery. The science has experiments that you use to investigate audio principles. You also get hands-on use in the recording studio and get to grips with recording styles. Later on, you will be designing software synthesisers and using them as instruments.
- Introduction to Audio Skills
- Introduction to Screen Skills
- Study Skills
- Creative Futures 1 (Employability Portfolio)
- Stock Media Asset Design
- Media Production
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)
This level lets you apply skills you have learnt and add to your growing portfolio of knowledge. The new subjects complement the previous year and develop your music and music programming skills.
- Music Production
- Compositional Technology or Studio Production Standards
- Theatre Technology
- Recording Technology
- Research Methods
- Interactive Music Systems
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)
This is the opportunity to apply what you have learnt and develop interesting installations and developments in music. The project or dissertation is the main piece of work and gives you the chance to explore an area to great depth, it can be designing and building firmware through to research into an aspect of the industry.
- Client Collaboration
- Location Recording
- Live Systems
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent.
Teaching & Assessment
There is a range of assessment methods used for this course including creating music productions, essays, work-based learning, portfolios, reports, and presentations.
All assessments will be course based, and therefore there are no traditional exams.
Teaching and Learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
This course will give you a high level of knowledge and expertise in music technology and associated subject areas. The career destinations for graduates are quite broad and are usually dependent upon the student’s individual interests and specialisms. Because of the broad skill set that is provided by the degree, graduates have also progressed into wider career paths. These have ranged from corporate roles in banking and commerce to many types of self-employed status.
Many graduates pursue career paths within the core specialism of Music Technology or associated fields. These have included:
- Touring Sound - Front of House or Monitor Engineering, Systems Engineering, Stage Management, Instrument Technicians, Stage Technicians, Self-employed operators.
- Event Management – Festivals, Small/Large scale venue management, Tour managing
- Audio Visual Technicians – Freelance, Corporate and also educational paths
- Theatre – Stage Technicians, Lighting designers, electricians, stage management
- Teaching - We have many graduates working in Further and Higher education as well as primary and secondary schools.
- Research and development – The course has proved to be a strong base for students progressing onto research degrees. Because of the high level of technical expertise it has also enabled students to work in research and development roles for major audio companies.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.
You can see the full programme specification here.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.