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Creative Music Technology

BA (Hons)

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Excellent facilities

Including new Music Studios and Mac Lab

Choice of option modules

This will allow you to further specialise in specific areas

UCAS code:
J933
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
10 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This highly practical degree covers popular and experimental forms of electronic music. Study songwriting, software tool creation, performance and production.

If you’d love to develop a rewarding career in the field of electronic and experimental music, this fascinating degree course could be for you. It has been developed for people who are interested in software music production, using recording studios creatively, and contemporary performance techniques involving interactive controllers with music applications.

Join us and you will learn about music theory, songwriting and composition, creating your own software tools, music production, DJing, performance and digital arts practice. Our state-of-the-art digital production and performance equipment will help ensure you are ready to hit the ground running when you graduate. A choice of option modules will allow you to further specialise in areas such as Music Business, Electronics for Music or Sound Design.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology

Our previous students have found placements at companies and organisations including:

  • Yellowfish Studios
  • Dovetail Games
  • Clair Global
  • SFL
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Whitby Studios
  • Carlisle Leisure
  • The Lodge Recording Studio
  • Monnow Valley Recording Studio
  • Swansea Bay TV

Course content

Working in our purpose-designed studios and guided by our experienced industry specialists and researchers, you’ll learn to create electronic music in a variety of contemporary styles, using the technology and techniques that define these genres.

You will also be introduced to live performance techniques using MIDI keyboards, DJ and touch-surface devices. The history of electronic music will also be covered – all to enable you to use past and present styles to influence your own creative outputs. After you have completed your second year, you can choose to do an optional one-year placement.

Perhaps most important of all, this is a highly flexible degree programme, with a range of option modules that will enable you to develop your skills in areas such as music composition, audio production, electronics, creating bespoke software tools and acoustics.

As members of our staff are accredited Avid and Apple trainers, during your studies you will also be able to gain additional qualifications in Logic and Pro Tools at extra cost.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Recording Studio Production
Creative Music Practice 1
Creative Software Tools for Sound 1
Year 2 compulsory modules
Digital Performance
Creative Music Practice 2
Creative Software Tools for Sound 2
Year 3 compulsory modules
Intermedia Art
Individual Music Dissertation
Individual Music Portfolio

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Our graduates have found work as:

  • Composing/recording/performing artists
  • Music producers and re-mixers
  • Live sound engineers
  • Interactive multimedia and digital artists
  • Music and media educationalists
  • Collaborative/community artists
  • Sound/music for film/TV/video
  • DJs

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dave Payling
Dave PaylingCourse Leader

Dave teaches audiovisual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He has a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
10 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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