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Music Performance Technologies FdA

University of Wolverhampton

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location

    South Staffordshire College (Tamworth Campus)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

Music composition, production, performance and coding play a huge role in today’s creative industries, which in turn accounts for 9% of the UK’s export market. Most creative music jobs surface from a variety of disciplines and genres (and their intersection).This course is designed to bring the worlds of performance, coding and technology together as a cohesive subject. Not only will students have to opportunity to learn vital skills in songwriting/composition and production, they will also have to opportunity to create their own software and hardware tools to aid them in a performance environment, whether to support a recital, add to a VJing visualisation, sonify data, or create a soundscape adopting original sonic processes as well as multichannel streaming.At present, this course is one of very few in the UK to offer this ‘cross-collaboration’ discipline between conventional performance and coding technologies. Moreover, this course directly connects with and enables students to interact with the emerging musical interface industries. These industries look to enable many end users to interact with music (within production and performance settings) regardless of skill and disability. As a result, student will get the opportunity to pitch their new invented products to experts in these industries within the Final Major Project Showcase module.The course encourages an independence of thought and an entrepreneurial mindset through deep integration of cutting-edge technical skills and a focus on the developing music performance landscape. A range of assessment methods are used at both levels 4 and 5. These include:- Performances- Written reports- Literature and book reviews- Presentations- Practical portfolio- Reflective blogging activitiesAssessments at level 4 are geared towards providing a robust foundation from which to develop the skills required by level 5. In addition to the above, students will take part in the following:Individual or group student presentations to develop oral presentation, negotiation andcommunication skills;Other forms of small-group teaching and learning in which students have theopportunity to work together as a team (for example, when developing software or hardware elements);One-to- one interaction, particularly supporting the development of self-direction, intellectual independence and research skills through analysis and individual projects;Corporate activity, developing teamwork and leadership skills;Workshops and masterclasses, normally addressing the acquisition of creative skillsand techniques within a group context, and often benefiting from the experience of visiting specialistsWriting (essays, learning journals) as a means of developing research techniques, acquiring knowledge, and presenting ideas and arguments in written formPractical exercises, usually connected with the development of creative, analytical andaural skillsIndependent learning, whether as directed reading and listening related to essay-writing or project work or as practice for developing creative skillsModule outline:Year 14MU048 Behind the Glass4MU062 Introduction to Music Computing4MU064 Sound and Audio Fundamentals4MU065 Composition: Applied Music Theory4MU063 Performance Interface Design4MU066 Music Production PracticeYear 25MU065 Synthesis and Live Processing5MU066 Performing with Technology5MU048 Review & Prototype5MU063 Algorithmic Composition & Sonification5MU064 Live Audiovisuals5MU067 Final Major Project Showcase

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,250per year

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University information

University of Wolverhampton

  • University League Table

    121st

  • Campus address

    University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY, England

The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) has a 45-year track record of working in almost 140 countries.
Each year the university welcomes students from over 130 nations, studying at one of its UK campuses or partner institutions overseas.
The university works with TNE partners around the world: China, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Oman, Greece, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Ireland and France.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    78th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    106 49%

    73rd

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%

    61st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.29 86%

    12th

    5

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