Electronic Music BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Cambridge

September 2018

NB This course is subject to validation, but will run from September 2018 onwards

Overview

Experiment with music technologies, diverse genres, styles and musical approaches to create a unique portfolio with which to launch your career as an electronic producer-artist. Explore the diverse field of electronic music on this innovative course, from its beginnings to the present and on to emerging trends.

Full description

Careers

Our BA (Hons) Electronic Music will equip you primarily for a career as a producer-artist, but the wide-ranging skills you pick up will be transferable to any role involving the recording and production of music or sound.

You’ll develop skills suitable for a variety of roles in the music industries, working on your own music and for clients, creating music for media and performing. You will also gain experience that may lead into music promotion, working in label and live event management, sound editing and sound design.

Modules & assessment

Assessment

Full details of assessment will be available after validation, but will include methods that allow you to show your progress using practices relevant to professional music production.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Facilities

Your work will take place in our industry-standard facilities in Cambridge, giving you extensive experience of the music production tools you will use in your professional life. These include:

  • a recording studio with Pro Tools HD; AVID Artist control; Microphones - Shure, Neumann, DPA, Peluso; Plugins - NI Komplete, Izotope
  • a music technology Lab with 15 Apple Macs with Logic, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Sibelius
  • synthesizers including ARP Odyssey, Arturia Minibrute SE, EMS VC3, Moog Mother 32, Roland Aira T-8, Roland SH-101, Roland D-50, Roland JP-08, Yamaha SY99 and the Moog Etherwave Pro theremin
  • controllers including Ableton Push, Komplete Kontrol 25, Korg Nano controllers and Alesis QX25

Trips and activities

We are planning to organise trips to events that will show you the possibilities for electronic music composition and production, such as the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£9,250

Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

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

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Main

  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade B in Music, Music Technology or a related subject.
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
  • You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.

Notes

Entry will normally also be subject to an interview/audition.

Alternatives

  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in a related subject are accepted.
  • Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points is accepted, this must include 5 points from Music at Higher level.
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from the International Baccalaureate Certificate are accepted, related subjects are required.

Interview

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.

Please bring with you to interview:

  • three original electronic music tracks
  • 750-word commentary on your stylistic and creative approach to the work, with details of equipment (hardware/software) used
  • (If available) links to any other online presence – eg Artist Web Page, Soundcloud, Bandcamp etc.

For more information download our Electronic Music interview pack.

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 answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

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.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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