Media and Music Technology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Led by an inspiring community of creative practitioners and theorists, this combined degree offers a unique opportunity to develop conceptual, creative and technical skills in the context of both music and media production.

Combined Honours

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Course Overview

Media and Music Technology

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School of Humanities

With 24-hour access to dedicated facilities, including recording and photographic studios, editing labs and our screening room, you’ll be able to develop your own creative practice in areas such as photography, film-making and sound-production. You’ll also develop a clear conceptual grasp of the relationship between music and the media, whilst gaining an in-depth understanding of the theory and history of music, sound and popular culture.

Our Media modules combine theory and practice, equipping you with the skills to analyse a variety of media texts, enable you to explore your own creativity in producing cultural artefacts and provide opportunities to enter work placements through our links to the creative and media industries.

Our Music Technology modules encourage you to work at the frontiers of the creative application of technology in composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software. You will study many different styles and genres, inventing, capturing, recording, mixing and manipulating audio/visual content using advanced digital media.

The degree will provide you with vital technical and creative skills for working in the contemporary creative industries, from software development to film editing. In addition, the degree develops core transferable skills that are essential to the cultural industries and beyond, including collaborative work, analytical skills and aesthetic understanding.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates of our programmes enjoy careers in media production, publishing, broadcasting and marketing, as performers, television and film, and develop a wide range of skills in presentation, writing, project management and critical thinking that can be transferred to many other professions.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video
  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sound Recording

Second year

  • Thinking Photography
  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice
  • Creative Sound Design
  • Work Placement Modules

Third year

  • Creative Magazine Production
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio
  • Music Programming Project

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Media Combined Honours Students must accumulate at least 135 credits in Media to graduate with a named Combined Honours Degree in Media and, equally, at least 135 credits in the other subject they have chosen to study. Combined Honours students must take at least 45 credits in each Principal Subject in each Level. All students must take one compulsory module in each semester in Years 1 and 2. In Year 3 students must take at least 45 credits during the year, but they can choose from a range of taught modules and two independent study modules (a double module studied in both semesters, worth 30 credits, not compulsory). As an alternative to the dissertation students may opt to take the Sustained Media Project, a double module of 30 credits, which is assessed through the production of a substantial piece of creative work. This would typically be an art work, installation, video production, or performance, supported by evidence of focused research and self-reflective practice. 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Media Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Mediated World*

15

Digital Video*

15

The Photographic Message*

15

Reading Film

15

   

Popular British Cinema from the 90s to the Present Day

15

   

Approaches to Film

15

   

Understanding Culture*

15

   

Introduction to European Cinema

15

   

Popular Music

15

   

Introduction to Television Studies

15

   

Film Texts and Contexts I

15

 

Music Technology Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology achieved by taking all three compulsory modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subjeOur degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the Music Technology Optional module, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sonic Arts Repertoire

15

Sound Recording

15

Audio Fundamentals

15

   

Composing with Sound

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Media Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Creating Awareness Campaigns*

15

Making the News*

15

Researching Media, Communication and Culture*

15

Analysing Culture*

15

   

Adaptation

15

   

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

   

Teenage Dreams: Youth Cultures in Fiction, Film and Theory*

15

   

Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

15

   

Documentary: Theory and Practice*

15

   

Thinking Photography*

15

   

DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You*

15

   

Politics and Cinema

15

   

French Cinema

15

   

Film Texts and Contexts II

15

   

Science Fiction Cinema

15

   

Race, Racism and Resistance

15

   

Globalisation and its Discontents

15

 

Music Technology Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology. You MUST take three Optional modules from the list below. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music Technology Optional modules, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Audio-Visual Composition

15

   

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

15

   

Realtime Sound Processing

15

   

Creative Sound Design

15

   

Meaning in Sonic Arts

15

   

Record Production in Theory and Practice

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Media Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Media, Culture and Creative Practice (ISP)*

30

Parody in British Film and Television

15

Sustained Media Practice (ISP)*

30

Creative Magazine Production*

15

British Society through the Eyes of British Film: 1960s to the Present

15

Streets, Skyscrapers and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural and Historical Context

15

Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney*

15

Celebrity

15

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

British Women Directors

15

Work Experience in MCCP*

15

World Cinema in the 21st Century

15

Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture

15

English for Media Professionals

15

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

Virtual Revolution

15

 

* Media, Culture and Creative Practice delivered modules

These modules are indicative of the diet that will be offered but not all will run every year due to staffing rotas, research leave in Media and other Programmes.

In addition to the programme options listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Media, Culture and Creative Practice such as English, Sociology, Music, History and American Studies.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Criminology, Law, Philosophy, Politics or International Relations.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Japanese.

 

 

Music Technology Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum EITHER one of the Music Technology ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music Technology in year 3 may take both Music Technology ISPs (60 credits).

Optional modules (ISP) group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

Music Programming ISP**

30

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming**

15

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Music Technology in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music Technology. In year 3 you MUST take a Music Technology ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B and C.

Your remaining 30 credits will be selected either from additional Music Technology/Music modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music modules taken as options in years 1 and 2.

Optional Modules group A

(Independent Study Projects)

Credits

Optional modules group C

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Music Programming ISP**

30

Composition 2 (ISP)***

30

   

Recital (ISP)

30

Optional modules group B

 

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

Contextual Studies 1

15

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

Music Programming**

15

Composition 1***

15

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

   

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

***You cannot take Composition 1 and Composition 2

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music Technology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az