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Bristol, University of the West of England

Creative Music Technology

UCAS Code: WJ39

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Music or Music Technology preferred. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.

No specific subjects required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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 minimum grade of 5 in higher level Music preferred.

Higher Level in Music preferred.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Creative Media Production, Music or Music Technology preferred.

UCAS Tariff

112

You may also need to…

Perform an audition

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Music technology

Music production

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.

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Frenchay Campus

Department:

Computer Science and Creative Technologies

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Creative arts and design

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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Creative arts and design

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.

£16,952
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Design occupations
14%
Other elementary services occupations

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music technology

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

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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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