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BA Music and Audio Production

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BA Music and Audio Production

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

MAP-BA-S

UCAS Code

W374

JACS Code

W374 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

ABB at A Level (no specific subject requirement)

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Music (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof Adrian Moore

Sheffield University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

There is some flexibility for students to take modules outside of this Programme and this will be decided on an individual basis. Where permissible the following applies:
At Level 2 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
At Level 3 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

In accordance with Queen's University's Mission Statement, the new BA Music and Audio Production aspires to be a broadly-based, practice-driven programme designed to appeal to musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds interested in the production of musical content in the recording studio and live performance environments. Its unique educational benefits come from strong partnerships with the BBC, Ulster Orchestra, Opera NI, Hard Rain SoloEnsemble, Cathedral Arts, Festival, Moving on Music, Diatribe Records, DTS and Dolby - the Dolby Atmos immersive sound system is installed in the Sonic Arts Research Centre, (SARC's) Sonic Lab, the only such available system in a UK HE institution. The BA Music and Audio Production programme will be taught, predominantly, at one of the UK's largest and best-equipped institution in the field of music and sound, SARC. Situated within a School, which was recently placed in the top 50 university departments worldwide for the performing arts in the QS World University Ranking, students can expect to obtain the highest standard of instruction from staff with expertise in the fields of music and sonic arts. Within this context, the programme aims to provide students with:

The necessary skills, tools and techniques needed to embark on careers as audio practitioners or undertake research and teaching in music and the sonic arts

Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of sound production, propagation and manipulation

The ability to creatively harness audio technology for the purposes of recording, editing, mixing, mastering, producing and projecting music and audio

Knowledge and understanding of a range of current and emerging developments in the practice of audio production

A broad experience of musical repertoires, their performances and their cultural contexts

The skills and techniques needed to realise highly individualized musical expression and imagination in practical music-making

Awareness and practical experience of the wider commercial environment in which creative audio professionals operate

Exposure to a variety of learning methods and acquisition of advanced critical, analytical and physical skills

An enriched learning experience through regular interdisciplinary collaborations with specifically selected industry partners

High levels of professionalism and the adoption of professional standards: punctuality: reliability; commitment and self-discipline

Strong interpersonal skills, encompassing team-working skills and effective oral, written, presentation and listening skills

The values, attitudes and competencies needed to undertake CPD and self-directed learning throughout their careers

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and the potential for continuing artistic and creative development, leadership and innovation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed throughout the programme in lectures, class group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops, concert attendance. Interpretation and analysis of ideas generated through class discussion and group exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, oral examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, textual editing, podcasts.

Engage with and evaluate a variety of sources (texts, notated scores, recorded and live performances).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed throughout the programme in lectures, class group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops, concert attendance. Interpretation and analysis of ideas generated through class discussion and group exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, oral examinations, oral examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, textual editing, podcasts.

Understand complex issues and arguments and communicate this understanding both orally and in written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed throughout the programme in lectures, class-group-work, seminars, tutorials, workshops. Current theory is referenced and commented on through both oral and written work.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, oral examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, textual editing, podcasts.

Contextualise music and its history from a variety of perspectives and contexts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed throughout the programme in lectures, class group-wrok, seminars, tutorials, workshops.
Independent views are formed on a range of sources (notated, written, performed, recorded) and the effective expression of these views is encouraged through discussion and written work.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, oral examinations, listening tests, essays, projects, learning journals, seminar presentations, concert reviews, book reviews, textual editing, podcasts.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of different types of music styles.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, seminars, platform classes.
These sessions provide a springboard for further enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, and concerts by visiting performers and music producers.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, essays, learning journals, class presentations, concert reviews.

Understand a wide range of musical histories and of their political, aesthetic, social and cultural contests.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, seminars, platform classes.
These sessions provide a springboard for further enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, and concerts by visiting performers and music producers

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, essays, learning journals, class presentations and discussions, concert reviews.

Understand the fundamental properties of sound, the nature of sound propagation, and the methods of representing/synthesising sound.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops. Classroom instruction is augmented by the use of video instruction.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, coursework assignment, practical projects, class presentations.

Demonstrate knowledge of the professional and consumer delivery formats used for distributing and/or transmitting audio.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stage 3 in lectures, tutorials, seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, coursework assignments, class debates, class presentations.

Understand the operational principles of electroacoustic transducers.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops. Design theory is reinforced through the regular application of microphones and loudspeakers in most practical assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, coursework assignments, laboratory experiments.

Demonstrate knowledge of the loudspeaker configuration formats used for the spatial reproduction of audio for film and music.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stage 3 in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops.
Specialist facilities such as the Sonic Lab allow for delivery of highly illustrative practical examples.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, coursework and assignments.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to record music and/or speech to a broadcast standard using appropriate microphone selection and placement and to critically evaluate the microphone technique(s) employed.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops and critical listening labs.
Provision of extensive audio examples and tutor-peer review of work in progress are used extensively to develop critical listening skills.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, coursework assignments, listening assessments, computer based assessments.

Demonstrate the ability to operate sound studio hardware and software (missing consoles, digital audio workstations, outboard processors) to facilitate the editing, mixing and mastering of recorded music and/or speech and to critically evaluate the mixing techniques(s) employed.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical labs.
Small group tutorials, individual personal study in studio facilities, video instruction and tutor/peer review of work in progress are used extensively to develop practical audio engineering skills.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, coursework assignments, practical examinations, listening assessments, computer based assessment.

Demonstrate the ability to convey highly individualized musical expression and imagination in practical music-making through employing appropriate technical and interpretative means.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, performance platforms.
Tutor/peer review of work in progress are used extensively to develop practical composition and performance skills.

Methods of Assessment

Composition portfolios, solo recitals, ensemble recitals, improvisations.

Demonstrate the ability to interpret, augment and propel dramatic narrative through the design of sound or music for accompanying media, employing appropriate technical and interpretative means.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stages 2 and 3 in lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Interdisciplinary collaborations with Film/Drama students are fostered to provide a greater appreciation of the context of music/sound design in a typical production workflow.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, composition portfolios, continuous assessment.

Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and undertake leadership in music-making, through ensemble performance, co-creation, or improvisatory work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, performance platforms.
Collaborative music making is a fundamental requirement of the ensemble performance modules

Methods of Assessment

Composition portfolios, ensemble recitals, improvisations.

Demonstrate the ability to creatively utilise technology in practical music making activities such as composition, performance, improvisation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stages 2 and 3 in lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, performance platforms.
Technical competence is established at Stage 1 to allow for confident, creative utilisation at Stage 2 and 3.

Methods of Assessment

Composition portfolios, solo recitals, ensemble recitals, improvisations, coursework assignments.

Demonstrate the ability to apply practical software, hardware and design skills to the construction of new musical instruments and interfaces.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stages 2 and 3 in lectures, labs and workshops.
The application of hardware and software skills in creative design in developed gradually through practical labs and problem solving exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, project reports, solo recitals, ensemble recitals.

Critically evaluate a variety of differently notated, improvised and performed music styles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, seminars, concerts, performance platforms.

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, learning journals, concert reviews, class presentations, listening exercises, podcasts.

Demonstrate practical experience of developing work in the professional domain, including the production and online dissemination of AV media-based works and/or artistic documentation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught at Stage 3 through individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes. Complimented by independent inquiry into appropriate external venues, event promotion, and the design of external funding bids.

Methods of Assessment

Written and online documentation, screening/exhibition.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to produce high quality work independently, and to show self-motivation and critical self-awareness.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, performance platforms.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, project reports, composition portfolios, solo recitals, ensemble recitals, improvisations.

Demonstrate the ability to work in combination with others on collaborative activities and to show teamwork, negotiation, organisation and decision making.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in tutorials, workshops, performance platforms.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, project reports, composition portfolios, ensemble recitals, improvisations.

Demonstrate an awareness of different professional and cultural environments and an ability to adapt and respond creatively to the relevant environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme but particularly at Stage 3 within the core 'Professional Practice' module.

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, coursework assignments

Demonstrate the ability to present work articulately in written and oral form, intelligible to both expert and non-expert audiences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, performance platforms.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, class presentations, coursework assignments, project reports.

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of ICT and innovative approaches to the application of ICT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught throughout the programme in lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, performance platforms.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, composition portfolios, solo recitals, ensemble recitals, improvisations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Fundamental Harmony

MUS1013

1

30

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Film Studies 1

FLM1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Audio Engineering 2

MTE2009

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Electroacoustic Composition II

MTE3003

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Audio Engineering 3

MTE3009

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

40%

20%

40%

Electroacoustic Composition I

MTE2004

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Solo Performance 1

MUS1017

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

80%

0%

Solo Performance 2

MUS2017

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

80%

0%

Ensemble Performance

MUS2018

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Writing about Music

MUS2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Sound Design for Screen

MTE2015

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composition II

MUS2011

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Music Psychology

MTE2052

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Editing for Film and Television

FLM1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Politics in Popular Song from the French Revolution to Punk

MUS3055

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Arts Management

SCA2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Music

MUS1002

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Improvisation

MUS2050

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Audio Mixing I

MUS1030

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composing Music

MUS1012

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Sound Synthesis

MUS1036

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Musicianship

MUS1005

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Songwriting

MUS2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Sound Recording and Production 1

MUS1038

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Ensemble Performance 1

MUS1018

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

80%

0%

The Radio Programme

BCP2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professional Practice

AEL3002

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Work-based Learning

AEL3001

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Instrument and Installation Design

MUS2034

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Designing Musical Interactions

MUS3032

3

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Spatial Audio

MUS3007

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

60%

40%

0%

Advanced Sound Design

MUS3009

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Composing for Screen

MUS3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes