Two students using a piano keyboard attached to a computer

BSc(Hons)

Creative Music Technology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
WJ39
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years sandwich; three years full-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Natanya Ford
Key fact:
Develop and refine your creative process using inspiration from past and present composers. Express and apply this in different areas using a broad range of techniques and technologies. Recognised as the 'most musical city' in the UK (per capita) it is a fantastic place to study all genres of music.

Page last updated 11 October 2017

Introduction

Why study creative music technology?

Music as an art form evolves constantly, with practitioners taking inspiration from composers and artists past and present and developing future sounds.

New technologies and techniques allow us to express our creativity in more ways than ever. These ideas can be applied to live performances, to music for film or computer games.

Musicians who understand the creative process and how to work within technical boundaries are well-equipped to build careers in this exciting industry.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Creative Music Technology is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

Explore composers and artists past and present, taking inspiration from Bach to Boulez, The Beatles to Hans Zimmer.

Refine and define your own creative process. Develop programming skills and learn how to enhance the sound and quality of audio using technology. 

Study composition and enhance your formal musical training in music theory and performance. Get involved with inspiring musical projects in the community, for schools and with local media companies.

Perform in events organised by our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. Activities range from big band, to chamber ensembles and a full symphony orchestra.

Gain valuable real-world experience and a professional portfolio through a series of placements that prepare you for a career in the music industry.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, choose from careers in composition, performance, production and concert management, as well as audio and sound engineering.

You'll also be suited for work in creative areas where there is a heavy reliance on technology such as film, theatre and the arts.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introductory Audio Programming
  • Exploring Music
  • Audio Engineering
  • Audio Technology
  • Introduction to Composition.

Year two

You will study:

  • Advanced Composition.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Research and Practice in Music Technology
  • Audio Recording
  • Audio Process Design and Implementation
  • Applied Audio Systems.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Music Technology Project.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Advanced Composition II
  • Advanced Performance Recital
  • Sonic Art.

And other optional modules (depending on your credit requirements) from:

  • Professional Experience, International Experience or Professional Development
  • Live Sound
  • Audio Post Production
  • Instrument Recording Investigation
  • Audio For Game
  • Software Development for Audio
  • Game Audio Programming
  • Architectural Acoustics.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Work together in small groups on the Composition and Performance modules, and join larger classes of students studying music technology for other subjects.

Discuss difficult concepts with friends and colleagues in pairs and small teams. Learn through hands-on, practical studio and computer lab sessions so you can process theory and principles more easily.

Develop a foundation of skills in music and computing and build your creative skills as a composer and performer. Work on your programming skills backstage and in the studio.

Study acoustics and recording in depth and grow an appreciation of audio for video and film.

Choose modules that allow you to specialise in your areas of interest. Take on an individual final year project, showcasing your composition.

Play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. We have a thriving Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Consort, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Choir and the University Singers.

Attend industry talks from visiting professionals, including TV and film sound recordists and composers from the BBC.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your work at the annual degree show.

Past exhibits include music composed for film and computer games.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
317%83%0%100%

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually. The style of assessment will be appropriate to the modules and help you develop a range of technical, creative and practical skills.

Some modules are assessed entirely on practical work and in-class tests while others are assessed through written assignments and end of module exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
126%51%23%100%
231%63%6%100%
36%71%23%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

JAMES assessors commented, "The philosophy behind the team is very innovative and greatly benefits the students […] This innovative approach will ensure that [UWE Bristol] is at the forefront of industry orientated education in the UK and internationally."

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Past students have worked in composition, library music or as session musicians with organisations including the BBC, Dolby and Acoustic Design.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

We arrange trips to the Dolby Labs so you can experience the latest in feature film surround sound formats.

You'll also get to explore technology and sound systems behind the scenes on trips to locations such as BBC Studios and the Albert Hall.

To inspire your creativity, we arrange trips to performances such as the Welsh National Opera.

We encourage students to get involved on projects with local organisations. Our students have worked with the BBC composing music for wildlife programmes and audio for food festivals, and producing podcasts for the Natural History Museum.

Study facilities

Create and perform in our well-equipped studios and performance spaces.

Compose and play in a choice of four performance spaces with both live to dead acoustics.

Record and mix audio in our recording studios with professional standard analogue and digital consoles.

Enhance, edit and mix music in our advanced surround mixing room, six control rooms and isolated booths. 

Edit videos and audio in our video post room equipped with industry standard software like Pro Tools and Logic.

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll be able to create professional quality music and sound in both live and studio environments.

Career opportunities are available in performance, production and concert management, as well as audio and sound engineering.

You'll also be suited for work in creative areas where there is a heavy reliance on technology such as film, theatre, and the arts.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Music plus a science (see list below) or Music Technology. Acceptable science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Statistics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: You should be approaching Music Performance grade 8 standard. You will be invited for an audition (through Skype for applicants living outside the UK).
  • Relevant subjects: Any Science or Technology related subjects.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Creative Media Production, Music or Music Technology preferred; or Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be from Science or Technology subjects.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Music preferred; or Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environment, Systems and Societies, Information Technology in a Global Society, Mathematics.

Entry requirements

Read the general information about undergraduate entry requirements.

Should I apply?
If you're a musician with a basic understanding of technologies involved in the creative arts, you'll find this course rewarding.

You may have considered a degree in music or a place at music college, but decided on something broader. You're expected to bring your instrument(s) along with you and to participate fully in our Centre for Performing Arts.

Audition

We may invite you to attend an audition (by Skype for applicants living outside the UK). The audition will be with two music tutors, taking about 20 minutes, with the following activities designed to enable you to show us your capabilities:

1. Either a performance exercise OR the presentation of a portfolio of compositions.

For the performance you will be asked to play (or sing) a piece of music that you've prepared in advance. This should be approximately grade seven or higher standard and doesn't need to be featured on a current syllabus. You should select a piece or extract that is about three minutes long. If you wish for someone from the university to accompany you, this can be arranged when you receive your audition invitation.

OR

For the portfolio you should include examples of your compositional work. Whilst there is no limit to the number of pieces of work you may include, you are encouraged to only include compositions of a high quality that you would be happy to discuss further at interview. It is not essential but we encourage you to provide recordings of your compositions.

2. A short listening exercise - this will lead to an informal discussion of your musical interests and experiences.

3. Course discussion - the tutors will discuss the course with you, giving you the opportunity to talk about your interest in the course and your understanding of creative music technology.

 

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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