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: Richard Hoadley
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 School of Performance 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 email@example.com 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.
You will be interviewed for 15-20 minutes by one of our lecturers and will have the opportunity to ask your own questions about the course and university.
You will be required to evidence your music making:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the instrument you will be performing on and/or if you require an accompanist. Please remember to include your name, the course you have applied for, the date of your audition and your student ID number in any correspondence.
You should prepare one or two pieces lasting up to 10-15 minutes duration (a piano accompaniment or band will be provided if required). You can choose any material to play and we especially encourage original material. You should also bring with you to the audition samples of any creative work (compositions, recordings, leadsheets) and one sample of your written work (from your A level studies or similar). You are invited to bring any other examples of creative or written work, or provide links to online media.
For more information visit our auditions page or download our Creative Music Technology audition pack.
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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