BA (Hons) Music Technology with Performance

Course summary

88% of students on our music courses said they 'would recommend their course to others' in the National Student Survey 2016.

Overview
London College of Music's music technology courses represent over two decades of development and experience in preparing students for the industry. This course will also provide a solid preparation for a choice of musical careers performing in either classical or jazz fields.

hands-playing-bongos.jpgWhy choose this course?
Music technology is a fast-moving area of the music industry, constantly changing and expanding, requiring professionals with an increasingly broad range of skills. No other institution offers such an enviable range of dedicated and experienced teaching staff, all of whom are industry professionals, with high-quality technical facilities and studios.

This course follows the major/ minor structure, with 12 music technology modules and six specific to music performance, though the music technology and musical disciplines overlap in many of the modules and very few are exclusive to one subject. In the final year, our students are able to focus on a selected area of study through the project module and their choice of assessments in other modules. 

Career and study progression

This course provides solid preparation for diverse career choices, including:
  • studio session musician
  • solo artist/orchestra or ensemble member
  • backing musician for touring artists
  • pit musician in theatre and shows
  • composer
  • musical arranger
  • instrument demonstrator/advisor to manufacturers or teaching.

radio-studio-control-deskOn successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to study at postgraduate level.


See our postgraduate degree courses page to view the full range of postgraduate degree courses offered by the London College of Music.



Course detail

Course overview
This course differs from our pop music programmes in that it focuses on more traditional genres such as classical and jazz.

Modules
Level 4

  • Sound Theory
  • Desktop Composition
  • Sound Practice
  • Music Video Production
  • Performance 1A and 1B.

Level 5

  • Creative Sound
  • Music and Enterprise
  • Music Technology 2
  • Performance 2A and 2B
  • Sound Technology.

Level 6

  • Audio Post-production
  • Experimental Sound
  • Future Media
  • Music Technology Project
  • Performance 3A and 3B.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 112-128 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) normally in a minimum of two subject areas including Music or a related subject area
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalent.

We also ask for a minimum standard of musical ability. This is currently grade 8 Performance on your stated first instrument (or voice), together with grade 5 Music Theory and equivalent sight-reading.

If you do not hold these grades, but feel you are at the required standard, you may ask to be auditioned instead. The audition is informal and will include a relaxed interview. Overseas applicants can audition remotely by supplying a video of the audition process. Full details of this process are available on request.

Because the course focuses on music technology, you must confirm previous experience with music technology systems. If you haven't studied on a recognised Music Technology course, we will ask you to provide a portfolio consisting of at least two or three tracks on CD, together with a detailed report on how they were recorded and your involvement in the process.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£6,167

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£7,667
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Interview

All applicants for all entry levels may be required to attend an audition and provide a portfolio of work (audio CD format).

For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

Notable aspects

Exciting opportunities to participate in gigs, shows and recitals throughout London and the surrounding areas.

Special resources

The University of West London offers unparalleled technical facilities, which have been developed constantly since 1993. No other institution offers such an enviable range of dedicated and experienced teaching staff, nor such high quality technical facilities and studios. Indeed, with seven professionally equipped studios, live rooms in which to record bands and ensembles, numerous smaller studios and programming suites fully loaded with the latest industry software, everything you need is here to satisfy the enquiring mind.

Equally, our location in Ealing is very close to the vibrant music scene in London, providing unique opportunities for placements, work experience and networking. Because of the diversity of courses on offer at the University of West London, you will have lots of opportunities to work with students in other disciplines. In fact, many of our students have been commissioned to work with others in fields such as pop music, film, video, fashion and photography.

Student societies
There are several societies you can join. For example, The Radio Society that runs student station Blast Radio. Or why not start your own society? Contact the Students' Union for further information.

Electric Music Week
Every May we hold a festival of electronic music, with concerts, events, installations and master classes. We encourage all our students to perform or help with organising events.

School Summer Showcase
Every summer we hold a graduation show in Ealing to showcase all our students' work. Again, there are many opportunities for Year One and Two students to take part in organising and running this important event.

Student support

You will have a personal tutor to support you throughout your course. We also understand how important your views are, and we recruit student representatives from all levels. We invite them to regular meetings to voice students' opinions and discuss important issues or concerns.

What our students say

Adam Luke Bradnack, BA Music Technology Specialist graduate

'In the four years I have spent at UWL, I really feel the university has been a great establishment of 'grown up living' away from home.

For the course itself, the music and business module I studied was very good. I did things I have never had to do before, such as writing a business plan. At the start of this, I was fearful to approach writing it, but then did very well and this one aspect I am most proud of.'

Lenka Bozeticka, BMus (Hons) Music Performance with Composition

'The best thing about the course were my singing lessons. My teacher is amazing and extremely knowledgeable!”

“Now I have graduated I want to continue my singing lessons and become a professional opera singer.'

Oliver Stokes, BMus (Hons) Music Performance with Composition

'My university experience was vibrant and exciting, especially getting the opportunity to meet a variety of students who were studying on different courses.

The course has given me a great opportunity of work and experience for the future.'

Jodie Louch, BMus (Hons) Music Performance with Composition

'The course takes a lot of self-discipline and dedication to do well and achieve success.

Now I am going to pursue a career in primary school education.'

Jobs and placements

Recent appointments for alumni:

Music Technology

Gabriel Amaral is now a university lecturer in Sound Design at a university in Brazil

Roland Shaw is a Sound Designer at Vave Corporation video games in the US

John Gonzalez-Wallace is a sound engineer in NYC

Antonio Ortega is Technical Design Estimator at proAV in Spain

Patch Morrison is a Sound Editor at ENVY production

Jon Lee is a composer with Flexpicnic Music

Chris Thompson is an audio engineer at Heavy Entertainment

Carlos Badosa is a Sound Technician at Deluxe Media

Shaun Crook is a Radio Studio Technician at Betfair

Jim Siggee is an Audio Producer at RNIB

Alex Da Kid (Alexander Grant) has produced Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Tiny Tempah Skylar Grey and 50 cent this year alone

John Webber is a mastering engineer at the prestigious Air Studios

Keith Bell is Senior Blu-Ray technical coordinator at the prestigious Metropolis Studios

Stefan Flexen in MD of Noiserec productions

Jack Sewell is a video-cameraman at Interphoto in Hamburg

Chris Goff  is an acoustic consultant at Anderson Acoustics Ltd

Igor Zerajic is Feed Producer at CNN

Will Francis is a Dubbing Mixer at the Walt Disney company

3 x Grammy winner Rob Orton has recently mixed both Robin Thicke's Icona Pop's new releases

Sam Wheat is chief engineer at prestigious Metropolis Studios

Performance

MMus student Kate Liley has started a PhD on music and health dealing with aspects of pedagogy at the RCM.

Career and study progression

This course provides solid preparation for diverse career choices, including:

  • studio session musician
  • solo artist/orchestra or ensemble member
  • backing musician for touring artists
  • pit musician in theatre and shows
  • composer
  • musical arranger
  • instrument demonstrator/advisor to manufacturers or teaching.

Study progression

On successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to study at postgraduate level.

See our postgraduate courses page to view the full range of postgraduate degree courses offered by the London College of Music.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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