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Creative Music Technology

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Music technology

Develop the creative and technical abilities needed to thrive in the music industry. Exploring composition, music production, sound design and immersive audio technologies, this collaborative and career-focused degree will help you grow as an artist and musician.

Guided by a team of industry professionals, expert academics and technical tutors, you'll learn about music composition, performance, recording, editing, mixing and mastering. You'll also hone skills in creating sound and music for a wide range of media, including games engines and interactive installations.

You will:
Develop as an industry-ready artist with the creative, technical, academic and professional attributes needed to succeed
Work in high-spec studio facilities with a range of digital and analogue hardware, software instruments and plug-ins and surround sound monitoring
Access a wide range of industry-standard equipment including microphones, portable recorders, amps, synths, drum machines and controllers
Collaborate with musicians, filmmakers, game designers, dancers, animators and designers on other Falmouth courses
Work in a vibrant community of research-active lecturers with industry connections. Recent visitors include Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), James Young (Darkstar) and Professor Jonty Harrison (Electroacoustic composer)
Grow in experience and skills through optional modules, industry placements, overseas study and/or starting your own companyy.

Modules

During this music technology degree, you'll develop essential skills in composition, recording, editing, mixing and mastering, learning to apply these skills to music production and sound design for visual media and immersive technologies. You'll become immersed in the wider context of music, art, research and critical thinking, and learn how to communicate your understanding as an individual and as part of a team. You'll also become industry-ready through developing your knowledge, skills, networks, experience and practical portfolio in your chosen specialisms.

Year one:
With technical and artistic guidance from staff and specialists, you'll develop your musical skills, knowledge, and creative voice. You'll learn analytical and problem-solving expertise, and project management and interpersonal skills. You'll also produce your own artistic work following training in industry-standard software and hardware tools and techniques.

Modules
Audio Cultures and Critical Theory
Studiocraft
Designing sound
Core Music Practice
The Electronic Toolkit
Mixcraft

Year two:
You'll take core modules to develop essential knowledge and skills, and specialist modules to focus on your interests. Choose from subjects like writing music for the moving image, studio composition, advanced recording, mixing and mastering, and exploring the cutting edge of audio for emerging digital media. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate and study abroad with our partner institutions around the world.

Modules
Creative Writing and Research in Virtual Music
Art of Production
Professional Music Practice
Immersive Audio

Optional modules
Voice
Timbre
Supersonic
The Working Musician: Reproduce; Arrange; Mutate
The Hit Machine
The Music Educator
Music and Moving Image
Creative Performance Technology

Year three:
This is your chance to work on your own projects. For past students, this has included working at major recording studios in New York and Thailand, researching and developing new technologies at an Amsterdam institute for music technology, and collaborating with musicians from the Icelandic Academy of Arts. Other projects have included placements in post-production studios and record labels, starting up a music business, and international touring. You'll conclude your studies by developing a professional portfolio and a strategic plan for your chosen career.

Modules
Specialists Practice in Context
Dissertation
Professional Portfolio

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed entirely on coursework. The actual methods will vary across modules, but will include portfolios of practical work, written work and presentations. Many of the assessments will be flexible, so you can work as a composer, performer, producer, sound engineer, music technologist or sound designer.

The Uni


Course location:

Penryn Campus

Department:

The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts

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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.

80%
med
Music technology

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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

63%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
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?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
31%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
B
D

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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£17k

£17k

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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