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Course summary

Gain a broad perspective of the sound industry and develop modern skills across a wide range of music and audio technology areas on this diverse but thorough course. This exciting Foundation Degree not only spans areas such as traditional music production and contemporary electronic music creation but also delves into sound design, live performance and music & sound for media. As a result, it promises to open you up to a range of job opportunities in the audio sector, whilst also providing the option to specialise in an area of your choice. Whilst no less rigorous than a BA (Hons) pathway, this course is more vocational, offering a broader range of Modules to enable you to build a professional portfolio of work. You can also top-up to a full BA (Hons) with a further year of study on either of our Music Production & Sound Engineering and Electronic Music Production degrees. This course is taught by dBs and awarded by Falmouth University.


You will cover the fundamentals of audio creation and production, as well as a research project that can inform a dissertation should you top up to a full BA(Hons). You will also have access to a substantial guest lecture programme, offering you the opportunity to learn from and connect with a range of experienced professional practitioners. Modules could include: Year one In your first year, you will explore industry-standard equipment and techniques used in creative sound and music studios. You’ll study key principles and processes surrounding the production and mixing of music and explore a range of sound design techniques. You will also develop a professional portfolio with a view to taking advantage of work-related opportunities within the sound and music industry. Modules ● Studio Practice ● Music Production ● Production Analysis ● Mixing ● Synthesis & Sound Design ● Industry Foundations Year two You will deepen your understanding of music and audio technology by experimenting with hardware and exploring advanced mixing and mastering techniques. You will examine modern composition and sound design strategies across a range of media including film, TV and game as well as develop your commercial and academic capabilities through commercial and research projects. Modules ● Recording for Film ● Hardware Production ● Advanced Mixing & Mastering ● Immersive Audio ● Industry Practice ● Research Practice Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We regret that this course is not available to international applicants who would require a Student Visa. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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Sound & Music Technology at Falmouth University - UCAS