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Goldsmiths, University of London

Electronic Music, Computing and Technology

UCAS Code: WG34

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) / Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BMus(Hons) / BSc(Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules

GCSE/National 4/National 5

You should also normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three HL subjects at 655

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

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | | 2020

Subjects

Music

Computer science

Imagine being able to create your own tools for performance. Or develop your own instruments, interactive installations or reactive sound design. This interdisciplinary programme gives you that opportunity.

**Why study BMus/BSc Electronic Music, Computing and Technology at Goldsmiths?**
- Alongside developing your own musical practice, you will learn to create custom software that can be used to further your artistic goals and to pioneer the future of electronic music. You'll learn electronic music composition, production and performance with software design and digital signal processing.

- After your first year, you can choose to pursue a more technical or artistic path of study, leading to either a Bachelor of Music (BMus) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

- The degree is designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in the arts and creative industries, in music technology and in audio, music and media-related computing. You'll develop understanding across the broad fields of creative practice, computer science, and musical research.

- You'll study with a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers, writers, and computing experts. Most importantly, you will be able to participate in, and benefit from, two of the most dynamic and exciting departments - Music and Computing - that Goldsmiths has to offer.

Modules

This degree allows you to identify and develop your strengths and interests by choosing various specialist options in the Departments of Music and Computing.

In your first year you'll study the fundamentals of computer programming, contemporary music and music technology.

In your second year, you'll select from one of four possible pathways through the programme, which will determine the award of either BMus (Hons) or BSc (Hons):

Pathway 1 (BSc): 50:50 Music:Computing in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3
Pathway 2 (BSc): Computing focus in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3
Pathway 3 (BMus): 50:50 Music:Computing in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3
Pathway 4 (BMus): Music focus in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3

In your third year, depending on your chosen pathway, you'll take one of these two core modules (this choice determines the name of the final award, either BMus or BSc):

Major Project: Music (60 credits)
Major Project: Computing (60 credits)

You'll also select a total of 60 credits from an annually approved list of optional modules, which will vary depending on your pathway.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work, solo recitals, improvisation and group performances.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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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
76%
med
Computer science

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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
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

87%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Computer science

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
30%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
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.

Computer science

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music

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

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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.

Computer science

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

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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