Why Music Technology

The music and audio related industries are constantly evolving, and they require more than just musicians to operate. Producers, engineers and technicians with a solid foundation in the technical and creative aspects of music and sound engineering, as well as practical skill and experience, are all vital in the ability to capture, create and distribute high-quality audio around the globe. 

If you’re passionate about music and technology, and looking for a creative yet practical course, you could consider one of our degrees. They are designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the technical and creative aspects of music and sound engineering, as well as the knowledge and skills needed to work in the audio industry. Having a broad range of skills will maximise your potential in securing your dream job.

Depending on the path you choose, you’ll have the chance to develop skills in many areas such as advanced sound production techniques, live music production, programming for music technology and computer-based composition. 

You’ll be taught by accessible and knowledgeable tutors who understand the industry and will support you in gaining the skills that are in demand.  Many of our courses are also accredited by industry bodies, giving an indicator of quality to you and employers.


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Music Technology Facilities

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Music technology resources

Industry standard facilities

Our music technology courses are split across the School of Computing and Engineering and the School of Arts and Humanities. Depending on the course you study, you’ll have access to the most relevant facilities to support your learning. Our studios and equipment are industry standard, to ensure you’re getting the skills you need when you embark on your career in the music world. 

Some of our studio facilities include: twelve professional grade studios which include five recording and mixing studios, three mixing studios, an immersive audio mixing studio, a mastering studio and a podcasting studio, plus a music production room which houses a live event system.

All the studios run Pro Tools, and you'll find four SSL mixing and recording consoles and one 48-channel analogue Audient mixing / recording console, which is regularly used in industry.

We have dedicated electronic design facilities, plus industry standard outboard processors, effects and high-quality audio plugins from UAD, Plugin Alliance and FabFilter.

Male student in the Blue Rooms Studio Our industry standard mixing consoles in our music recording studios

Inspiring teaching

During your studies, you will be supported by tutors, many of whom are experienced industry professionals.

Our music and music technology departments are active in research, helping to ensure you'll learn from academics at the forefront of their specialist area. Many of the academic staff are members of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and are researching into areas such as perceptual audio, automated mixing techniques, music production, new interfaces for music and other related disciplines. 


Gain real industry experience 

Our teaching focuses on the latest technologies, and we aim to put you at the forefront of opportunities for your future career. Previous graduates have gone to work for companies like Adlib Audio, working on live sound with major touring artists, or technical positions at renowned companies like Abbey Road Studios and Angel Studios, and been nominated for Grammy awards for their work on productions by pop stars such as Adele.

We place a great deal of importance on creating employable graduates, and one way we do this is through industry experience. In your third year of a Bachelor's degree, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year in industry. A placement year is an excellent way to boost your CV and your confidence. 


Placement year - Meet Lucy

“I undertook a placement as part of my degree. I spent a year in the Product Test department at Calrec Audio in Hebden Bridge. They make mixing desks for broadcast (most live TV goes through a Calrec), and my job was to test new products before their release. My placement has become a highlight of my CV, and I never would have had the opportunity to work here for a year without the Placement Unit's contacts and support.”  

“After graduation I worked as a freelance work as a sound engineer for live music venues. In May this year I joined the BBC as a Studio Director for Radio 5 Live and the World Service.”

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