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Music

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Music

Immerse yourself in our performance culture and prepare for a career as a professional musician as you study music and its modern uses, with our BA (Hons) Music degree.

Performance is at the core of our Music degree here at ARU. Immerse yourself in our creative, collaborative student community, take up opportunities to perform in Cambridge and beyond, and use our facilities to develop your music and experiment with different styles and techniques.

Take advantage of regular feedback on your performance to quickly improve your skills on a course that scored 100% for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018 and 21019).

As a student in Cambridge, you’ll be able to make the most of the city’s music scene, and benefit from our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. From classical music to UK rap, or even film and computer game soundtracks, you’ll be surrounded by collaborative opportunities to explore and expand your style.

As a BA (Hons) Music student at ARU, you’ll discover a wealth of new music. From composition to the history and cultural implications of music, you’ll gain an awareness of many different styles, techniques and approaches that can inform your own music.

Rather than studying music by its historical period or geographical location, you’ll consider its use in different areas of our lives, such as film, technology and education. Whether you’re interested in the music industry, world music, performance art or teaching, you’ll get the chance to develop yourself ready for a career in music.

You’ll also be able to listen to professional musicians on campus every week in our lunchtime concert series, as well as attend workshops, masterclasses and lectures by visiting performers, composers and academics.

Choose to study abroad for one semester and get ongoing support to find work placements, to gain a broad experience of the music industry. Take your musicianship to the next level.

All our music students have access to climate-controlled recording studios, running professional software including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Sibelius; six practice rooms and two Mac suites; electronic and orchestral instruments, including a range of synthesisers; a recital hall with a Steinway Model D piano; a broad selection of digital and analogue as well as both solid state and valve outboard equipment – read more about our audio music technology equipment here.
You can also get training in all of our Creative Industries facilities – not just the ones for your course.

**Careers**

Not only will you develop your knowledge of music theory as part of your Music degree, you’ll also be equipped with all of the practical skills that you need for a career in the music industry. You will also get the chance to tailor the course to your future career through our optional modules.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Many of past students now enjoy successful careers in music – from performers and composers through to music teachers and art administrators.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules
Music Performance I
Music in Context I
Music, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Composition I
Introduction to World Musics and Ethnomusicology

Year 2 Core modules
Music in Context 2
Composition 2
Orchestration
Music Performance 2
Entrepreneurship for Music 2: Placement
Music for the Moving Image
Year 2 Optional modules
Principles of Music Therapy
Live Performance

Year 3 Core modules
Major Project
Collaborative Project Development (Music)
Collaborative Project (Music)
Professional Music Practice 1
Professional Music Practice 2
Game and Film Soundtracks

Assessment methods

You’ll show what you’ve learned on the course through a combination of performances, creative projects, presentations, portfolios, essays, and a special Major Project in your final year, which can include creative work.

Thanks to this ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and think on your feet, and you’ll develop skills in reflective thinking, researching, drafting, and revising your work.
We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.

Modules are subject to change and availability.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Creative Industries

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,808
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Customer service occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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