BA (Hons) Music and Sound for Media

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Overview

In Music and Sound for Media you will study composition, sound design and production in order to produce innovative audio for film, television, game and interactive media.  You will be taught by industry-experienced tutors who will guide you to become highly skilled at acquiring, editing and embedding sound within a broad range of digital media. Based in Manchester, you will be part of a growing digital and creative sector and this course has been designed to create industry ready graduates.

Find out more about this course and view staff profiles at www.art.mmu.ac.uk/musicsoundmedia

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Our graduates go on to a range of sought after roles such as audio producers for media, media voice over engineers and producers, screen composers, Foley artists and sound designers for screen, composition and sound designers for games and production assistants.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112

112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

In Year 1 you will develop a broad theoretical and practical understanding of sound and music. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and processes whilst also exploring the fundamentals of composition.

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Core Units

Creative Strategies: Sound 1

Provides a broad theoretical and practical underpinning in key aspects of sound acquisition, processing and editing.

Creative Strategies: Music 2

You will further develop theory and practice as introduced in Creative Strategies: Music 1.

Creative Strategies: Sound 2

You will further develop your understanding of theory and practice as introduced in Creative Strategies: Sound 1.

Creative Strategies: Music 1

You will explore strategies for improvising, devising, arranging and composing music including collaborative work as well as, where appropriate, individual creative work.

Unit X

At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities. 

Option Units

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers and visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice. The 15 credit option is taken when you opt to do a 15 credit Uniwide languages unit as well (mmu.ac.uk/uniwide).

Contextualising Practice 1

30 credit unit. You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice.

In Year 2 you will develop your skills around industry facing studio production themes. You will also choose from optional units that will see you focus on composition, sound design, inter disciplinary collaboration or applied practice.

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Core Units

Studio Production

You will engage with industry facing studio production themes which will include blending of musical sound into a deliverable format using studio technology and an introduction to post-production techniques for delivering sound for image. Whilst this unit will have a considerable focus on building creative and technical skills, these activities will be contextualized through the critical study on the context and practitioner case studies.

Option Units

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Music: Composition

You will develop further practical and critical-reflective skills in composing, songwriting, arranging, and orchestrating music for visual media, including film, television, and interactive media. Thematic workshops could include: Songwriting for screen; Music improvisation for screen; Music for animation; Music arrangement for screen; Music for horror film; Music for gaming; Computer Music Composition for screen; Composing and Songwriting for drama.

Sound Design

You are introduced to historical and contemporary techniques for sound design across a range of media. Analysing seminal works from film, tv, game and radio provides a critical backdrop to the development of core techniques for acquiring and processing sound in support of linear narrative. This context is then broadened to include techniques and technologies for supporting non-linear narrative in game audio and interactive media. 

Applied Practice

This unit allows you to negotiate a pathway of study that supports your career aspirations. Using research informed strategies, you will further develop skills in one or more of the core themes of music composition, sound design or sound production within a context of professional development.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the University and working within the creative community and the public domain.

In Year 3 you will specialise in one or more of the core themes of the course by working on a Professional Portfolio alongside a Professional Project; both in response to industry focused briefs.

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Core Units

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Professional Project

You will further develop and finalise a collaborative project as proposed within the Professional Portfolio partner unit. Both units offer scope for you to specialise in core themes of music composition, sound design and sound production.

Professional Portfolio

You will prepare for a substantial and collaborative project to be realised within the Professional Project partner unit. Both units offer scope for you to specialise in core themes of music composition, sound design and sound production.

Option Units

Contextualising Practice 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
Contextualising Practice with a Language 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Manchester School of Art

Our School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, offering courses designed to serve specialist industry needs and give students the tools for their chosen career.

Like the city of Manchester, the school prides itself on being creative, unconventional and professional, providing a broad range of architecture, art, design, media and theatre undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a unique creative environment that encourages creative collaboration across the disciplines.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated as soon as more information is available.

UK and Channel Island students

The standard tuition fee for home and Channel Island students is set by the University subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students. For reference, the home fee for the full 120-credit 2019/20 academic year is £9,250.

EU and international students

The fees for EU and international students have not been confirmed for 2020, please check back for more details.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course for 2020 entry once applications open in UCAS.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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