Curriculum for the Bachelor programme in sound engineering - BMus (sound engineering)

 
Curriculum for
the Bachelor programme in sound engineering

            BMus (sound engineering)

          Rhythmic Music Conservatory

                18 August 2014
Rhythmic Music Conservatory
                                                      Curriculum for BMus (sound engineering)

                                                                      Contents

Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 3
General provisions .............................................................................................................................. 4
   1 Title, entrance requirements, admission ................................................................................................ 4
   2 Aims and learning outcomes ................................................................................................................... 5
   3 Structure and subject areas..................................................................................................................... 6
   4 Assessment ................................................................................................................................................ 7
   5 Other provisions ....................................................................................................................................... 9
Subject descriptions........................................................................................................................... 10
   6 Music production ................................................................................................................................... 10
   7 Audio technology .................................................................................................................................... 13
   8 Music analysis ......................................................................................................................................... 15
   9 Cultural & business studies ................................................................................................................... 16
   10 Electives................................................................................................................................................. 18
   11 Bachelor project ................................................................................................................................... 19

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                                                 Introduction
This curriculum for the Bachelor of Music (sound engineering) has been compiled pursuant to section 27 of
Executive Order no. 619 of 10 June 2014 on Study Programmes at the Academies of Music and the Opera
Academy (the Education Order) and section 20 of Executive Order no. 1244 of 11 December 2009 on
Marking Scales and Other Forms of Assessment at Certain Educational Institutions under the Danish
Ministry of Culture (the Assessment Order).
The curriculum shall enter into force on 18 August 2014 and shall apply to all undergraduates who
commence their study programmes in 2014 or later.
The provision in the curriculum section 3.2.2 applies to students commencing the Bachelor programme in
August 2014 or later.
For undergraduate students who commenced their studies before the academic year 2014-2015, the provision
under 3.2.2 will take effect from August 2015.
The present document is translated from the original Danish document “Studieordning for
bacheloruddannelsen i lydteknik, 18. august 2014”. Any legal or administrative decisions made by the
conservatory will be based on the original Danish document.

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                                           General provisions
1 Title, entrance requirements, admission
1.1 Title
Graduates of the Bachelor programme are entitled to use the Danish academic title bachelor of Music
(BMus) (sound engineering).
In English, the academic title is Bachelor of Music (BMus) (sound engineering).

1.2 Entrance requirements
The entrance requirement for the Bachelor programme is a passed entrance examination. The decision on
whether to admit an applicant is taken by the Conservatory on the basis of a concrete assessment of the
applicant's abilities and skills. The requirements of the music profession are also taken into consideration
during admission assessment.

1.3 Rules for admission
Applications for admission must be made via the website www.musikuddannelser.dk.
The Conservatory lays down detailed rules on the form and content of the entrance examination. Information
on the form and content of the entrance examination is available at the Conservatory's website.

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2 Aims and learning outcomes
2.1 Aims
The Bachelor programme in sound engineering qualifies the student to work as a sound engineer in recording
studios and live music productions or related areas. The programme is a rounded study programme that
provides students with the possibility of pursuing further studies at Master’s level.

2.2 Learning outcomes
Pursuant to the applicable Danish qualifications framework for programmes of higher education, the learning
outcomes for the study programme are formulated in three general categories:
•   Knowledge, which describes the student’s knowledge and understanding;
•   Skills, which describe the student’s central abilities;
•   Competencies, which describe the student's personal and independent application of knowledge and
    skills.

The learning outcomes indicate the student's expected benefit at the conclusion of the learning process, and
   focus on learning and on each student’s learning results, rather than on the intention of a particular
   teaching or teacher.

At the conclusion of the Bachelor programme, it is expected that the student will have achieved the
following learning outcomes:
2.2.1 Knowledge
The student must:
•   possess knowledge of theory, method and practice within music production and sound engineering;
•   possess knowledge of musical elements, structures and contexts;
•   possess knowledge of artistic and cultural issues in relation to the music profession;
•   possess insight into the surrounding music profession and the conditions that apply to professional work;
•   be capable of explaining and reflecting upon one’s own practice.

2.2.2 Skills
The student must:
•   be capable of creating and communicating an independent artistic expression;
•   possess skills within music production and sound engineering, and other professional skills that develop
    and support the student's artistic profile;
•   be capable of developing, planning, implementing and evaluating projects, both independently and in
    collaboration with others;
•   be capable of implementing, supporting and communicating various types of music production;
•   be able to assess artistic and communicative challenges and substantiate and select qualified, creative
    expressions and solutions;
•   be able to apply and relate knowledge of the conditions of the surrounding music profession to one’s
    own professional practice.

2.2.3 Competencies
The student must:
•   be able to handle complex and development-oriented situations in educational or work contexts;
•   be capable of independently engaging in professional and interdisciplinary collaborations and networks
    with a professional approach;
•   be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

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3 Structure and subject areas
3.1 Programme structure
The programme corresponds to 180 ECTS points, equivalent to three years of full-time study. A year of full-
time study includes teaching, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.
The location of the subjects and projects, and their ECTS values, are shown in the figure below.
Subject                         1st sem. 2nd sem. 3rd sem. 4th sem. 5th sem. 6th sem. ECTS per subject
Music production                   15       15       15       15       20        5           85
Audio technology                    5        5        5        5                             20
Music analysis                     2.5      2.5      2.5      2.5                            10
Cultural and business studies      2.5      2.5      2.5      2.5       5                    15
Electives                           5        5        5        5        5        5           30
Bachelor project                                                                20           20
ECTS, total                        30       30       30       30       30       30          180

3.2 Course registration
3.2.1
The programme is organized in a progressive academic sequence and each student is automatically registered
for courses in accordance with the programme curriculum.
3.2.2
The conservatory may in special cases allow undergraduate students to complete courses and exams in a
graduate programme corresponding up to 30 ECTS.

3.3 Prerequisites
Any special prerequisites will be set out in the course plan for each subject or project.

3.4 Organisation of the teaching
The teaching takes the form of dialogue-based lectures, group work, projects and internships with guidance,
written assignments, seminars, company visits and study tours.
The teaching is mainly provided within a particular year group; however, subjects and projects may also be
provided in classes made up of students drawn from various years and/or study programmes.
Before a year of study commences, a course plan is compiled for each subject or project. For each subject or
project, the course plan contains information on its organisation, credits, premises and equipment, and class
composition. In subjects where assessment is based on attendance at classes, etc., the course plan will
include specific requirements towards assignment submissions and/or presentations.
The course plan is approved by the Principal, and may be viewed on the Conservatory's intranet at the start
of the semester.

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4 Assessment
4.1 Aim
The aim of assessment is to evaluate whether the student's qualifications comply with the programme's
learning outcomes.

4.2 Rules for assessment
At RMC, assessment can take place in two ways:
A. Via examinations at which the student's proficiency is assessed by teachers, possibly supplemented by
external examiners.
B. Through attendance at classes, etc., where the student's proficiency may be assessed in two ways:
B1. The assessment made by the teacher at the end of the course, on the basis of compulsory assignments
and/or presentations. The assessment is carried out in accordance with the learning outcomes for the subject.
If a subject is composed of several independent courses, assessment is carried out at the end of each course,
taking into account the location of the course in relation to the subject's progression. Specific requirements
towards assignments and/or presentations are set out in the subject's course plan. The assessment awarded is:
Approved/Not approved.
B2. In some courses, assessment is based solely on the student's documented attendance. The assessment
awarded is: Approved/Not approved.

4.3 Other provisions
All subjects must be passed before a diploma can be issued for a successfully completed study programme.
Students who depart the study programme without completing it are entitled to documentation indicating in
ECTS points the parts of the study programme that have been passed.
The programme is organised in a progressive sequence, and each student is automatically registered for
assessment in accordance with the student's progress in the study programme.
Information on other rules governing assessment through examinations, class attendance, etc., is available on
the Conservatory's intranet.

4.4 First-year assessment
In order to continue the Bachelor programme, the student must register for the first-year assessment prior to
the end of the second semester after commencing studies, and must pass the first-year assessment before the
end of the fourth semester. The Conservatory may grant exemptions from this provision under special
circumstances.
In the Bachelor programme in sound engineering, the first-year assessment is undertaken in the subject
Music Production, in which the students' qualifications are assessed through class attendance, etc.

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4.5 Examination overview
                                                  Mode of                                  Examination
Subject                    ECTS      Semester     assessment         Assessment            status           Moderation
                                                                                           First-year
Music production                        2nd              B1          Approved/Not approved
                                                                                           assessment
Audio technology 1            10        2nd              A           7-point scale         Concluding       Internal
Audio technology 2            10        4th              A           7-point scale         Concluding       Internal
Music analysis 1               5        2nd              B1          Approved/Not approved Concluding       Internal
Music analysis 2               5        4th              B1          Approved/Not approved Concluding       Internal
Cultural and business
                              15         5th              A          7-point scale             Concluding   Internal
studies
Music production
                                         5th              A          7-point scale             Concluding   External
(studio mix)
                              85
Music production
                                         6th              A          7-point scale             Concluding   External
(live mix)
Electives                     5         1st              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
Electives                     5         2nd              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
Electives                     5         3rd              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
Electives                     5         4th              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
Electives                     5         5th              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
Electives                     5         6th              B2          Approved/Not approved     Concluding   Internal
                                                                     7-point scale + written
Bachelor project              20         6th              A                                    Concluding   External
                                                                     statement

4.6 Calculation of standard pages
Where subject descriptions refer to the size of examinations requirements or written assignments, the pages
referred to are in all cases standard pages of 2,000 characters. The front cover, table of contents, bibliography
and appendices do not count towards the size of the written assignments.
Written assignments may deviate from the specified number of pages by at most +/- 10%.

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5 Other provisions
5.1 Languages
The language of instruction is usually Danish. Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study
tours, is however typically provided in English.

5.2 Rules for practical training
The practical elements of the Bachelor programme are described in the subject description for the subject
Music Production.

5.3 Rules for credit transfer
5.3.1 Equivalence
Approved programme elements taken at an academy that offers a study programme under the Education
Order are equivalent to corresponding programme elements at other academies that offer the same
programme of study.
5.3.2 Credit agreement
Credit for programme elements may be obtained under the Danish academies’ joint credit agreement.
5.3.3 Other credit
Study programme elements passed as part of another non-completed Danish or foreign course of higher
education may substitute for study programme elements covered by the Education Order, subject to the
decision of the Conservatory in each individual instance, or in accordance with rules laid down by the
Conservatory.

5.4 Disciplinary measures
Students at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory are subject to the Conservatory's rules of conduct. Students
are required to be familiar with and keep themselves informed of the rules. The rules of conduct may be
viewed on the Conservatory's intranet.

5.5 Attendance
Attendance is compulsory at tuition and related activities at the Conservatory. The Conservatory shall lay
down specific regulations for procedures and sanctions towards students who fail to observe the
Conservatory's rules for attendance. The rules for attendance may be viewed on the Conservatory's intranet.

5.6 Evaluation
The study programme is subject to continuous evaluation through systematic evaluation procedures. The
Conservatory shall lay down the specific procedures for the evaluations.

5.7 Exemptions
The Conservatory may grant exemptions from any rules in the curriculum that are determined solely by the
Conservatory.

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                                          Subject descriptions
6 Music production
6.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester    4th semester    5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    15             15              15              15              20              5              85

6.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to develop the student's artistic profile and professional skills with a view to
working with music production. The subject comprises the central element of the programme, in which the
student, in a process and product-oriented practice, develops an independent artistic expression and acquires
experience in methods and practice. It is also here the student concentrates the knowledge, skills and
competencies acquired through the other subjects of the study programme.
The subject includes both individual and group learning processes, in which students work with and reflect
on their own professional practice and that of others. The purpose of the individually-tailored learning
processes is to provide students with experience in independent project work that supports their academic
development.

6.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      possess knowledge of theory, method and practice within music production;
•      be capable of creating and communicating an independent artistic expression;
•      be able to assess artistic and communicative challenges and substantiate and select qualified, creative
       expressions and solutions;
•      be capable of developing, planning, implementing and evaluating projects, both independently and in
       collaboration with others;
•      be able to reflect in speech and writing on one’s own practice;
•      be able to apply and relate knowledge of current cultural trends and the conditions of the music
       profession to one’s own professional practice;
•      be able to handle complex and development-oriented situations in educational or work contexts;
•      be capable of independently engaging in professional and interdisciplinary collaborations and networks
       with a professional approach;
•      be capable of identifying his or her own learning needs and independently acquiring new knowledge and
       skills.

6.4 Content

Semester projects
Each semester, the student carries out a semester project within the subject area. The projects are collected in
the student 's project portfolio. Within each project course, the student draws up a project description, which
is approved by the project supervisor. The project is documented by a project report, possibly with associated
audio-visual documentation.
The project supervision takes the form of both individual guidance and group guidance seminars, at which
the students present and discuss their projects with the common supervisor and their fellow students.
The project report must be five standard pages in length.
Individual guidance
The students receive individual guidance that aims to link the students' studies with their professional
practice.

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Courses
The teaching consists of brief and longer courses in live-,, studio- and other types of music productions.
Work is done in the following areas:
•   production planning and implementation
•   recording
•   editing
•   mixing
•   mastering
•   co-operation and communication
•   communication of the artist’s aesthetic expression
•   artistic practice
•   reflection on one’s own practice

Project weeks
A number of project weeks are realised as part of the subject, typically in collaboration with the
conservatoire’s other programmes.

Internship
As part of the subject, internships of longer or shorter duration are provided at Danish and foreign companies
in the music industry or related sectors. Internship guidance is included in the individual guidance.

6.5 Assessment

First-year assessment
At the end of the second semester, the student's qualifications are assessed in terms of attendance at classes,
etc.
Assessment is undertaken by the teacher with reference to the subject's learning outcomes, on the basis of
compulsory assignments and/or documented presentations, taking into account the location of the module
relative to the subject's progression.
Specific submission requirements are stated in the applicable course plan for the subject.
The assessment awarded is: Approved/Not approved.

Concluding examination (mixing test)
Preconditions
In order to be allowed to take the examination, students must have completed all the semester projects of the
programme under the applicable course plan. The projects are collected in a portfolio, documented by the
certification of the project supervisor.
Examination content
The examination form and the basis for assessment is a set practical task, followed by an oral examination at
which the student has an opportunity to explain and elaborate on his or her practical and artistic choices.
The student is given a multi-track recording of a piece of music of 3-5 minutes’ duration.
The student has 24 hours to create a mix of the music in one of the Conservatory's recording studios. The
final mix is prepared and delivered within a framework laid down by the Conservatory.
The student has 20 minutes to set up the mix prior to the oral examination.
Duration
Oral examination: 20 minutes. Assessment: 10 minutes.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance.
A combined grade is awarded for the mix and the oral examination.

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The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject. The assessment represents an overall evaluation of the mix and the oral
examination in combination.
Examination panel
External moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the fifth semester.

Concluding examination (live concert)
Examination content
The assessment is undertaken on the basis of a concert of live music, followed by an oral examination at
which the student has an opportunity to explain and elaborate on his or her practical and artistic choices.
The concert is prepared and carried out within a framework laid down by the Conservatory.
The student has 30 minutes for set-up and line checks in preparation for the examination.
Duration
Sound check 30 minutes, concert 40 minutes, oral examination 15 minutes, assessment 10 minutes.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance.
A combined grade is awarded for the sound check, concert and oral examination.
The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject. The assessment represents an overall evaluation of the sound check,
concert and oral examination in combination.
Examination panel
External moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the sixth semester.

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7 Audio technology
7.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester    4th semester    5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    5              5               5               5               0               0              20

7.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to provide students with theoretical knowledge, practical experience and
understanding of the electro-acoustic areas that underlie the student's work as a sound engineer.
The student’s development in the subject is viewed in association with the courses in the subject Music
Production.

7.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      have acquired theoretical knowledge, practical experience and understanding of electro-acoustic areas;
•      be capable of undertaking simple mathematical calculations in connection with system design;
•      be able to make basic measurements of acoustic and electrical parameters;
•      be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

7.4 Content
The course is divided between weekly teaching and short courses. Work is done in the following areas:
•      analogue technology
•      digital technology
•      acoustics
•      spectral listening
•      sound levels
•      transducers
•      electricity
•      wireless systems

7.5 Assessment

Concluding examination (part 1)
Examination content
The examination form and the basis for assessment is a written paper.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance.
The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject.
Examination panel
Internal moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the fourth semester.

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Concluding examination (part 2)
Examination content
The examination form and the basis for assessment is a written paper.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance.
The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject.
Examination panel
Internal moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the fourth semester.

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8 Music analysis
8.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester    4th semester    5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    2.5            2.5             2.5             2.5             0               0              10

8.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to develop the student’s skills in musical understanding, artistic reflection and
communication.
The course reinforces the student’s abilities to analytically assess his or her own professional practice in
relation to the history of music and the present day. The subject thus develops the student's ability to convey
his or her ideas to musicians and producers.
The student’s development in the subject is viewed in association with the courses in the subject Music
Production.

8.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      possess knowledge and understanding of musical elements, structures and contexts;
•      possess skills in melody, harmony and rhythm that help to develop and support the student's artistic
       profile;
•      be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

8.4 Content
The course consists of two modules:
Musical theory, in which the students develop a common musical language. Work is done with musical
notation and notation software, tonal systems, intervals and scales, together with harmony, figuration
notation and functional analysis.
Musical analysis, which, in a broad historical perspective, and with the help of the acquired theoretical tools,
equips the student to analyse and describe music. Work is done with listening, notation and subsequent
analysis of musical works.

8.5 Assessment
The student's qualifications are assessed in terms of attendance at classes, etc.
Assessment is undertaken by the teacher at the end of each module, on the basis of compulsory assignments
and/or presentations. Specific requirements towards assignments and/or presentations are set out in the
subject's course plan.
The assessment awarded is: Approved/Not approved.
It is a condition for passing the subject that both modules are assessed as ‘Approved’.

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9 Cultural & business studies
9.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester    4th semester    5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    2.5            2.5             2.5             2.5             5               0              15

9.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to provide the student with knowledge of the cultural and industrial conditions that
provide the framework for the student's professional career as a sound engineer.
The focus is on developing the student's reflection skills and preparing the student to analyse his or her own
practice in relation to the surrounding music industry.
The student’s development in the subject is viewed in association with the courses in the subject Music
Production.

9.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      possess knowledge of artistic and cultural issues in the music profession;
•      possess insight into the music industry and the conditions that apply to professional work;
•      be able to reflect in speech and writing on one’s own practice;
•      possess professional skills in music technology that help to develop and support the student's
       professional practice;
•      be able to assess communicative challenges within the subject, and substantiate and apply relevant
       analytical models and solution models;
•      be able to apply and relate knowledge of the cultural and commercial conditions of the music industry to
       one’s own professional practice;
•      be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

9.4 Content
The subject is divided into two parallel courses within cultural and business studies, respectively.
Cultural studies develop the student's ability to understand and interpret the artistic and cultural context in
which music is created. In a contemporary artistic perspective, work is done with creativity, art and culture,
illustrated by, inter alia, aesthetic, historical, political and sociological approaches relevant to the
programme's overall aims.
Business Studies develops the student’s ability to describe and analyse fundamental conditions in the music
industry and the work areas and job functions of the individual company, the path from idea to the producer
and consumer, the possibilities and challenges of the technology, current trends and issues and their
anticipated impact on the future development of the industry, music exports, the interaction between the
private and public sectors, and music exports.
During the fifth semester, the student submits a self-selected, written assignment on cultural or commercial
phenomena in the music industry. The assignment may either be based on the student's own professional
practice, or on a case study of a more general nature.

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9.5 Assessment

Concluding examination
Examination content
The examination form and the basis for assessment is a self-selected written paper, followed by an oral
examination.
The paper may be written as a group assignment in a group of up to two students.
The paper must be ten standard pages in length (fifteen pages in the case of a joint paper by two students).
The deadline for submission of the assignment will be stated in the course plan for the subject.
Duration
Oral examination: 20 minutes. Assessment: 5 minutes.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance.
A combined grade is awarded for the written paper and the oral examination.
The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject. The assessment represents an overall evaluation of the written paper and
the oral examination, in combination.
Examination panel
Internal moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the fifth semester.

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10 Electives
10.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester    4th semester    5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    5              5               5               5               5               5              30

10.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to give students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a self-selected field or
topic in order to reinforce and complement their academic profile.
The student’s development in the subject is viewed in association with the courses in the subject Music
Production.

10.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      possess professional skills that develop and support the student's academic profile;
•      be able to assess artistic and communicative challenges and substantiate and select qualified, creative
       expressions and solutions;
•      be capable of explaining and reflecting upon one’s own practice;
•      be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

10.4 Content
The subject specialist for Music Production, in consultation with the students, determines the topics and
scheduling for the subject.

10.5 Assessment
The student's qualifications are assessed in terms of attendance at classes, etc.
The assessment is undertaken on the basis of documented attendance at classes.
The assessment awarded is: Approved/Not approved.

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11 Bachelor project
11.1 ECTS credits
    1st semester   2nd semester    3rd semester 4th semester       5th semester    6th semester   ECTS, total
    0              0               0           0                   0               20             20

11.2 Aim
The aim of the subject is to provide the student with knowledge of and skills in independent project work.
The Bachelor Project is the concluding project in the study programme, in which the student independently
develops and carries out an extensive project.
In the Bachelor Project, the student studies a topic of the student’s own choice that falls within the academic
field of the study programme. In this work, students apply and utilise their overall professional knowledge,
skills and competencies. Students are provided with an opportunity to give their education an individual
profile, and the project can thereby serve as an indicator in relation to the student's future career and
educational choices.

11.3 Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject, the student should:
•      be capable of developing, planning, implementing and evaluating a large independent project;
•      be capable of creating and communicating an independent artistic expression;
•      be able to make and justify technical and aesthetic choices in relation to sound;
•      be able to assess artistic and communicative challenges and substantiate and select qualified, creative
       expressions and solutions;
•      possess technical and analytical skills in music which support the project;
•      be able to apply and relate knowledge of current cultural trends and the conditions of the music
       profession to one’s own professional practice;
•      be capable of explaining and reflecting upon his or her own practice;
•      be able to handle complex and development-oriented situations in educational or work contexts;
•      be capable of independently engaging in professional and interdisciplinary collaborations and networks
       with a professional approach;
•      be able to identify his or her own learning needs and independently acquire new knowledge and skills.

11.4 Content
The Bachelor Project provides the student with space to immerse oneself in and develop one’s own artistic
practice and production. The project is a self-selected project that encompasses both artistic and
craftsmanship aspects.
The project may be carried out individually or as a group project, typically in collaboration with students
from the other programmes at the Conservatory, or external partners in the music industry.
The project is documented through an audio documentation, accompanied by a written report describing the
project's purpose, objectives, content, working processes and results.
An internal supervisor is attached to the project.
The project supervision takes the form of both individual guidance and group guidance seminars, at which
the students present and discuss their projects with the internal supervisor and their fellow students.

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Rhythmic Music Conservatory
                                         Curriculum for BMus (sound engineering)

11.5 Assessment

Concluding examination
Examination content
The form of the examination and the basis for assessment is a self-selected artistic project containing the
following elements:
•   A studio production, delivered in a predefined audio format;
•   A written report.

In addition, an oral examination is held at which the student has an opportunity to describe and elaborate on
his or her artistic choices.
The studio recording must have a duration of between 10 and 30 minutes; the report must be twenty standard
pages in length.
The deadline for submission of the project will be stated in the course plan for the subject.
Duration
Oral examination: 30 minutes. Assessment: 10 minutes.
Assessment
A grade is awarded from the seven-point scale for the examination performance. The grade is supplemented
by a written statement on the student's level of proficiency, which is enclosed with the Bachelor diploma.
A combined grade is awarded for the written paper and the oral examination.
The assessment is based on an evaluation of the extent to which the examination performance meets the
learning outcomes for the subject. The assessment represents an overall evaluation of the project’s product,
the written paper and the oral examination, in combination.
Examination panel
External moderator, internal examiner.
Chronological location
The examination is held at the end of the sixth semester.

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