Course Information

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for students who have a strong interest in sound recording, music production and distribution, music software design and development. The first year of this course uses seminars and tutorials to develop recording and software skills whilst specialist skills are developed through a series of short production projects.

A strong focus of this course is preparing graduates for a range of career options in the modern music and audio industries particularly music production performance and distribution, interactive, audio software development, multimedia and web audio design.

In addition to the seminars, training workshops and work placement projects, the course is supported by media and music practitioners and industry specialists and is the only Foundation Degree programme in the South West to include the industry recognised Apple software training programme.

What will I study on the course?

Year 1:

  • Studio and Recording Techniques
  • Sequencing and Digital Technology
  • Professional Studies
  • Computers and Networks
  • Sound Synthesis and Sampling
  • Interactive Multimedia Programming

Year 2:

  • Studio Production Project
  • Music and Audio Industry
  • Web Audio Design and Programming
  • Music Performance Technology
  • Creative Audio Processing and Development
  • Live Sound

Students will spend a total of 200 hours across the two years in a work based learning environment. 100 hours of this will be with a professional recording facility/live sound company and 100 hours with the College's own online music publishing company.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills in the technical aspects of music/audio and new media technologies, enabling them to use the appropriate tools and techniques to integrate music audio and graphics in a creative context. Students will have a broad understanding of recording and performance technologies, computer communication, digital media technologies, software development, standards and protocol. They will be able to use the tools and techniques for music/audio creation, production and processing to a professional standard and also develop a broad understanding of the music and audio industries and working practices.

What is special about studying at Bridgwater College?

The College has a well-established international student support programme, which starts with an induction programme upon arrival to help students to acclimatise to life in the UK, and continues with the allocation of a personal tutor who will offer advice and guidance.

The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training. The College:

  • Is a Learning and Skills Beacon status College
  • Has been designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted
  • Received 11 National Beacon Awards in recent years
  • Meets the Matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance services
  • Has been accredited with the Training Quality Standard for provision to employers

The examination and course results consistently place the college amongst the best of all education and training providers in the South West.

Visa Nationals

Bridgwater College has been recognised as Highly Trusted Sponsor by the UK Border Agency. As a student on an international student visa you must study at least 15 hours a week in College. Your attendance on the course will be strictly monitored by the college with a weekly register. Your student visa entitles you to work some hours during the week as well as full time during your holidays. The college applies a “zero absence policy”.

We strongly advise you to follow thoroughly the UKBA changes of regulations which may affect your decision. The college will inform you of any changes but cannot be made responsible. Rules will be applied on the date of the change or per the UKBA recommendation.

What will I need for the course?

120 UCAS tariff points from one of the following:

  • BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology, Music or Media Technology
  • A Level Music Technology, Music or Media Studies. You will also need a minimum of four GCSE (A*-C) including Maths and English or Key Skills Level 2.

Students should be able to demonstrate practical ability in music technology at interview.Students must achieve 120 Level C (first year) credits to progress to Level 1 (second year of this Foundation Degree).

What makes this course special?

Bridgwater College has an impressive music department. There are three main Apple Macintosh computer music suites with each workstation equipped with Digidesign or M Audio hardware and Pro Tools, Logic Pro BIAS Peak, Native instrument Reaktor, Sibelius, Reason and Ableton live software packages. There is also a fully equipped digital recording studio, seven independent rehearsal rooms and two independent DJ mixing suites complete with the Technics, Pioneer and Vestax vinyl and CD mixing equipment.

How long is the course?

Commencing September this course is two days a week over two years in combination with self directed study.

Will this course lead to a qualification?

A Foundation Degree in Creative Audio Technology.

What can I do on completion of this course?

The course is designed to give students a broad working knowledge of music technology, enabling them to progress to working in the music and audio industries in areas such as music production, music sales, promotion and distribution, web design and administration, music and audio software development and studio and live audio engineering. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree can progress onto a final year studying the BSc Music and Audio Technology/Creative Media Technology top-up.

How much will it cost?

For international students starting in September 2014, the course fees are to be confirmed.

Please Note: This is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year.

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