Create innovative music and sound art using the very latest technology, whether you’re a budding sound designer, multimedia artist or musical performer.
On our BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology, you’ll discover how to combine technology and music to explore innovative musical ideas.
As well as learning the technical skills to complete your own creative projects, you’ll develop your theoretical knowledge of sound and your understanding of it as an art form.
To help prepare for your career, you’ll study recording, production and other commercial uses of music technology, becoming proficient in current music industry software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools as well as more exploratory software such as Max/MSP and SuperCollider.
But our modules will also let you find your own creative path, with options covering subjects as varied as film music, sensor technology and music therapy.
Our close links with venues and other companies, such as Cambridge Junction and international music management company Hazard Chase, will give you the chance to make contact with industry leaders before you graduate.
All your studies will be supported by professional practitioners recognised internationally as experts in their fields.
Course leader: Dr Tom Hall.
The technological skills, musical awareness and creativity that you’ll gain from our Creative Music Technology course will prepare you for a career as a sound designer / composer, music performer, multimedia artist, programmer or teacher.
But you will also be well equipped for any role that requires quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others.
Our Year 3 Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will allow you to take a work placement, which could be in areas such as music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, music marketing, recording and studio work, composition or events management.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
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.
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.
Our studios feature a selection of specialist music hardware and software, supported by many 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.
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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