Electronic Music (Composition and Performance)

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W383
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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) Electronic Music (Composition and Performance)

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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Recording Studio Production Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 1 Compulsory
Creative Software Tools for Sound 1 Compulsory
Revolutions in Music Optional
Music Business - Marketing Optional
Electronics for Music 1 Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Recording Studio Production Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 1 Compulsory
Creative Software Tools for Sound 1 Compulsory
Revolutions in Music Optional
Music Business - Marketing Optional
Electronics for Music 1 Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Digital Performance Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 2 Compulsory
Creative Software Tools for Sound 2 Compulsory
Electronics for Music 2 Optional
DAW Production Techniques Optional
Sound Design for Film & Games Optional
Studio & Venue Acoustics Optional
Practical Studio Techniques Optional
Music Business - Promotion Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Digital Performance Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 2 Compulsory
Creative Software Tools for Sound 2 Compulsory
DAW Production Techniques (Intermediate) Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games (Intermediate) Optional
Studio Techniques Optional
Venue Acoustics Optional
DAW Production Techniques Optional
Sound Design for Film & Games Optional
Studio & Venue Acoustics Optional
Practical Studio Techniques Optional
Music Business - Promotion Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Intermedia Art Compulsory
Individual Music Dissertation Compulsory
Individual Music Portfolio Compulsory
Sound Design for the Creative Industries Optional
Sound for Mobile Devices Optional
Studio Mixing Techniques Optional
Work Experience in the Film, Games, Music and Television Industries Optional
Work Placement in the Entertainment Industry Optional
Preparation for Teacher Training Optional
Mixing and Mastering Technology Optional
Mixing and Production Management Optional
Music Business - Management Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Intermedia Art Compulsory
Individual Music Dissertation Compulsory
Individual Music Portfolio Compulsory
Advanced Pro Tools HD Techniques Optional
Mastering Techniques Optional
Commercial Recording Management Optional
Work Experience in the Film, Games, Music and Television Industries Optional
Work Placement in the Entertainment Industry Optional
Preparation for Teacher Training Optional
Mixing and Mastering Technology Optional
Mixing and Production Management Optional
Music Business - Management Optional

Teaching 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.