About this course
This Foundation Degree in Popular Music Technology is an exciting and innovative two-year full-time course (Levels 4 & 5), providing learners with the opportunity to research, practice and study around the themes designed to meet the fast pace of the music performance and recording industry. Taught at our City Centre Campus in Cardiff, this programme aims to offer students a range of specialisms suited to this diverse and competitive field.
Developed in partnership with the University of South Wales, this course is designed for both performance specialists and music technology specialists, and is packed full of engaging, innovative and exciting modules delivered by a strong team of experts and industry professionals. After completing this two year course, there will be the option of studying for a third year at the University of South Wales, where students can obtain the full Honours degree. Please note that the fee for this course is set in line with higher education course fees, however financial support may be available.
What you will study
Year 1 modules include:
- Arranging & Composing
- Ensemble Skills & Performance
- Game audio and sampling
- Recording and Studio Engineering
- Music Theory
- The history of popular music and the recording industry
- Creative industries practical project
- Study skills
Year 2 modules include:
- Digital Studio Engineering
- Creative industries work related experience
- Ensemble Skills & Performance
- Music for Film
- Multimedia and game audio design
- Music industry Practice
- Career development
Students will use excellent facilities based in the centre of Cardiff including:
- Rehearsal space at Cardiff and Vale College
- A well-equipped professional recording studio at Cardiff and Vale College and appropriate professional software
- 2 well-equipped Music Technology suites at Cardiff and Vale College
- A well-resourced Learning Centre
Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the College.
If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code WJ39, University Code W01, Campus Code = F.
What is a Foundation Degree?
Foundation Degrees integrate academic and work-based learning through collaboration between employers and programme providers. They are intended to equip learners with skills and knowledge relevant to industry and to encourage participation by learners who may not previously have considered studying for a higher level qualification. Foundation Degrees provide a self-standing qualification, but also offer progression opportunities for further study. For more information regarding the defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees, you may refer to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £7,500.00
Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis.
Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration.
Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis.
Typical A-Level Offer - DD
Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Grade C and DE at A Level
Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all passes.
Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent).
A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.
Teaching and assessment
- Continuous assessment including practical skills tests and written assignments
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
- All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
- Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Time of day
I’ve always wanted to study Music Technology and it’s great to have this course available at college. I didn’t study music at school but getting this opportunity has really been amazing. I didn’t think I’d be able to read music or produce it so quickly and I’ve even got my own set-up back at home. There’s so many facilities to take advantage of, two production rooms, performance rooms, studios and a recital room where we put on our final performances. I’ve progressed onto the Music Technology Foundation Degree and that’s been a great step up for me. I really want to be a producer but this course has opened up other options in music for me – one of those being events management which is what I’m leaning towards now.
Career prospects & further study
growth in sector
After completing this course, you can progress onto training in the music business, with a University of South Wales top up year (full degree). Many students will also pursue various employment options within the industry, using links gained during the course.
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