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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • BBC
  • Rotor Video
  • Celtronic Studios

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Sound Design
  • Sound Engineering
  • Interactive Audio Applications
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Performance incl. Public Audio Visual Installations
  • Musician
  • Event Management

Overview

* This course is undergoing academic validation. Please note that the information displayed here is subject to change as part of this process.

Music and Sound Today

Summary

The BSc Music, Sound and Technology course is an interdisciplinary course that explores how sound can be created and manipulated to create contemporary, audio-driven, user experiences by combining digital composition, technology and performance. The course will deliver a range of creative and technical skills and accompanying theoretical knowledge with a practice focus.

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About this course

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About

Students will develop a broad understanding of technology within the context of the creation, manipulation, interaction, storage and communication of music and sound. They will have the opportunity to learn and engage with leading edge tools that enable the expression of ideas in new and innovative ways.


Students will learn modern production and performance methods and techniques (sequencing, sampling, synthesis, microphone techniques, composition/arranging, scoring for screen, processing and editing/post-production) that enable them to gather and manipulate audio content using desktop, studio and portable technologies. In so doing, students will engage with industry–relevant tools and techniques such as: DAW (digital audio workstation) and studio recording; audio editing and postproduction software; programming using Max/MSP/Jitter, Pure Data, P5.js, and Juce. Students will also work with hardware including analogue and digital modular synthesisers, and Arduino and related physical computing and embedded system platforms. Emerging web technologies will also be discussed through which students can explore interactions between users and devices, supporting a range of contemporary production and performance activities and innovative interactive applications and user experiences in music and audio–focused media.


Graduates will be technologically literate and will be comfortable in creating and communicating ideas and content within and beyond the domain of music. They will also understand music, sound and technology within the context of cultural developments and in collaboration with other arts fields, supporting work which engages with a range of cultural, community and creative industries opportunities.

Attendance

This is a full-time three year course with an additional, optional placement year.

The course is made up of workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials, peer review/feedback, supervised studio sessions and independent study.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. It is expected that you will not only engage with the taught elements but also with independent learning in the studios and labs - it is here that your individual learning can be expanded through informal conversations with your fellow students and feedback from staff.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Grades BBB - BBC.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade (B or C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***

BTEC Awards

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DDM (to include 9 unit Distinctions)

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of DDM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(2012 Suite)

Award profile of DM (to include 6 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grade B

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction (to include 3 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grades BB

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)

Award profile of Distinction plus A Level Grades BB

Grade profiles (equating to the final A level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) may be substituted by a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 - H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at higher level

Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English Grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level at grade 04 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

BBBCC - BBCCC

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCC - CCD

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of

26 points to include 13 at higher level - 25 points to include 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall mark of 65% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access course)

Overall profile of 24 credits at distinction, 21 credits at merit - 15 credits at distinction, 30 credits at merit (60 credit Access course) (GB Access course)

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above English Language.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HND - Overall Merit with distinctions in 60 Level 5 credits (4 units) entry to Year 1.

HNC – Overall Distinction with distinctions in 90 Level 4 credits (6 units) for entry to Year 1.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Foundation Degree - An overall mark of 55-50% in Level 5 modules for Year 1 entry.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectureswill introduce the historical and contemporary practices and discourses around music, sound and contemporary culture - discussing the origins, purpose, roles and effects of such practices.

Seminars will provide opportunities for you to explore issues emerging from the lecture programme, to listen to contributions from peer group members, to articulate ideas and to reflect on emerging discussions.

Workshops will enable you to develop skills necessary to achieve the module learning outcomes. Workshops are essentially task-orientated where you learn by doing and by reflecting on the outcomes of both individual and the peer groups’ learning.

Demonstrations will normally be embedded within workshop/studio sessions. These sessions provide you with clear guidelines on the usage of specific techniques and processes.

Presentations will provide opportunities for you to reflect on your work, articulate carefully considered constructive criticism, and realise the potential of peer learning. Students will have the opportunity to present their work in progress, to reflect on and evaluate the work and to listen to peer views.

Tutorials will give you advice/feedback and monitor student’s individual progress. During tutorials, key areas for enhancement will be identified and work strategies will be discussed.

Independent Study will provide opportunities for you to reflect on learning requirements, to plan coursework preparation and execution, to explore independent learning pathways and to exercise self-motivation and discipline in your work patterns.

Assessment Methods

At each level, modules are assessed according to specific criteria and weightings which are provided at the beginning of each module. Coursework includes: recordings, prototypes, live projects, practical and contextual research, written commentaries, online journals, presentations, and dissertations. Both formative and summative feedback is provided on coursework.

Feedback offers you clear guidance regarding your performance and future development. Feedback helps you reflect on your strengths and weaknesses allowing you to develop and improve your creative abilities and technical skills throughout the course.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants from other institutions should apply via UCAS. Applications will be considered on their individual merits.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • BBC
  • Rotor Video
  • Celtronic Studios

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Sound Design
  • Sound Engineering
  • Interactive Audio Applications
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Performance incl. Public Audio Visual Installations
  • Musician
  • Event Management

Career options

This programme has been developed to meet the emergent needs of the creative industries. Students acquire a broad range industry-focused skills including: collaboration and team work, adaptability, communication and self-expression, self-management, project management, interdisciplinarity, and most importantly, creativity and know-how with a range of leading edge technologies.

Those wishing to research and develop their own work to a higher level go on to pursue a Masters qualification either at the Ulster University or at other institutions in the UK and further afield. There is also the potential for entry onto a PhD.

Lastly, there are opportunities for those wishing to teach after the completion of a postgraduate teaching qualification (PgCE).

Work placement / study abroad

In third year you have the option to spend a minimum of 25 weeks in industry. Here you are expected to work as part of the professional practice designed to acquaint you with alternative business cultures and protocols to enhance your personal and professional development.

Alternatively you can study in a wide range of approved instutitions around the world.

Successful completion, obtaining a total mark of 40%, of the placement year leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI) International or a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) upon graduation. A mark of 70% and above will enable the award to be granted with commendation.

Academic profile

Members of the teaching team are Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and members of various industry professional bodies including:

  • Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA)
  • British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT

Through their research, knowledge transfer and placement activities, teaching staff are also actively engaged with the local and international creative industries. Many modules on the course are directly informed by the research activities of staff.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,160.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Discounts for student from England, Scotland and Wales:

You have three discount options to choose from:

  • £2,000 discount on tuition fees.
  • £1,000 discount on tuition fees + £1,000 towards accommodation +£500 towards travel
  • £1,000 discount on tuition fees + £1500 towards travel

Terms and conditions apply. For more infomration please visit Study at Ulster

International Undergraduate Scholarship:

Open to all new international (non-EU) entrants on the first year of a full-time undergraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses, commencing September 2018.

Value: £2,000 scholarship applied as discount to your annual tuition fee. More information here

Information on other scholarships available to international students.

Other awards and prizes:

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

Information provided is for guidance only as scholarship details are subject to change - please refer to the source website for up-to-date and accurate information.

Additional mandatory costs

Students purchase materials for their own coursework.

Field trips to museums, galleries and exhibitions may incur additional costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Greg O'Hanlon

T: +44 (0)28 71675529

E: g.ohanlon@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 70123210

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities