South Devon College

FdA Modern Music Practice (Performance and Technology)

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1179 Music Production Software

      This module is an introduction to using music production software to compose and arrange music. It will concentrate on underpinning skills and practice enabling students to obtain a level of confidence and competence in producing music utilising current industry standard software and technology.

    • SOUD1180 Developing Research and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • SOUD1181 Contextual Studies

      The aim of this module is to enable the student to place traditional and innovative musical performance and production in its various historical, social, political, cultural, economic and ethical contexts. Students will engage in informed debate about key issues of performance and events production and understand the contexts through which traditional and innovative music genres and forms have developed.

    • SOUD1183 Multimedia Production for Music

      This module is an introduction to multimedia production and techniques related to modern music. It will concentrate on underpinning skills and practice enabling students to obtain a basic level of competence in producing multimedia elements utilizing a range of software's and technologies for creating multimedia products and self-promotion as a music practitioner.

    • SOUD1203 Music Performance

      In this module students will explore and develop a range of performance skills and creative techniques in order to convey meaning and emotion. Students will consider theories of spectatorship and develop audience awareness. They will also explore and develop instrumental techniques, and a variety of genres and styles of music. They will build their musical literacy through using conventional notation and contemporary alternative techniques.

    • SOUD1204 Music Production Techniques

      Through practice this module investigates and develops the skills in a range of techniques, both musical and technical, for the production of music within a modern day recording studio and to a professional standard focusing on pre-production and the skills required to run and manage recording sessions.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2154 Advanced Music Performance

      In the module students will be expected to culminate the relationship between theory and practice across a range of musical performances. Students will be expected to critically review their practice and that of others engaged in the performance process.

    • SOUD2155 Advanced Music Production Techniques

      Through practice this module investigates and develops the skills in a range of techniques, both musical and technical, for the production of music within a modern day recording studio and to a professional standard focusing on post production and the skills required to mix and master audio for a variety of purposes and formats.

    • SOUD2136 Negotiated Project

      The final major project provides a vehicle to demonstrate accumulated skills and greater independence of the programme and will act to confirm student directions. After approval, you will be expected to manage the whole project, from initiation through to final results, appropriate to your stated aims. The presentation and display of work produced is an assessable part of this module.

    • SOUD2137 Negotiated Research

      This module will discuss the contemporary cultural context of creative practice within music performance, music technology and performance based events and examines issues which impact on current practice. The module will focus on both a proposal and an individually researched and produced document.

    • SOUD2138 Professional Practice

      This module will investigate the relationship between audiences, the practitioners and professional practice. The aim is to equip students to function effectively within business and professional communities.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College