Explore the creative application of technology in making music and sound art. Using electronic and digital technologies you’ll focus on musical creation through a range of exciting media. Exciting new ideas in music and technology will challenge your understanding of music and performance.
This course will equip you with technical skills, theoretical knowledge, and an aesthetic understanding of music technology that you’ll use to create your own creative technological projects.
You’ll learn the ways in which technology and music can be combined to explore new musical concepts, and develop your critical thinking and independence. You’ll become proficient in relevant areas of music technology, using cutting-edge software, such as Max/MSP and SuperCollider, and hardware hacking and sensor technologies.
You’ll study creative music technology in relation to commercial applications, such as recording and production, using our state-of-the-art equipment that will familiarise you with the kind of technologies currently used in the industry. You can choose to study areas such as sound design for film soundtracks, but will also be encouraged to find your own creative path, using a thorough knowledge and understanding of the creative possibilities of sound and its relation to other disciplines.
You’ll be taught by first-class, research-active lecturers who are recognised, nationally and internationally, as experts in their field and are also professional practitioners.
We also have close links with industry leaders from regional to international level, including the Cambridge Junction, where you can see a variety of music performance, sound art and experimental works, and Hazard Chase, an international music management company.
Course leader: Dr Tom Hall.
Our Creative Music Technology course will prepare you for a range of careers. Its combination of technological skills and understanding, musical awareness and creativity equips our graduates with the skills and knowledge needed by sound designers and composers, performers, multimedia artists, programmers, and teachers.
You’ll also gain skills that are necessary for any position requiring quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others.
You’ll demonstrate your learning mainly through coursework collected into portfolios, reflecting the practical nature of the course. These portfolios will include musical items, such as compositions and software development, or technological artefacts, as well as reflective and critical writing on these.
Your understanding of musical concepts, composition and performance will be tested through tasks with clear, short-term objectives, which will be developed through regular staff feedback. You’ll undertake group work, individual work, seminar presentations, written essays, critical commentaries and technical work with electronics.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Our Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will give you the opportunity to take up a work placement in Year 3. This could be in an area such as music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, marketing, recording and studio work, composition and events management.
You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories, digital editing studios, recording facilities and band rooms, as well as a recital hall, practice rooms and lecture rooms. We also have the full-size Mumford Theatre on campus, which regularly hosts professional musicians. Our studios feature a wide selection of specialist computer hardware and software, along with full internet access, and are supported by an extensive range of online facilities and resources.
You’ll also have access to five grand pianos, including a new Steinway Model D, and many orchestral instruments, as well as traditional instruments from India, China and Africa, and a Balinese Gamelan.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
If you’re an international applicant, you’ll need to submit a portfolio containing ten to 15 minutes of varied electronic music that best represents your recording and composing abilities. We recommend that you host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL. We also request that you write a 500-word account of your music, including discussion of techniques and equipment used. We’ll accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office as well, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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