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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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subjects

Computer science

Music

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.

Year 1 you'll study the fundamentals of computer programming, contemporary music and music technology.
Introduction to Programming
Numerical Mathematics
Sound and Signal 1
Approaches to Contemporary Music
Music Computing 1
Live Performance Systems
Electronic Music Composition and History

Year 2 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

Year 3 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):

Music: Major Project (60 credits)
Computing: Major Project (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 and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

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.

63%
low
Computer science
76%
med
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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

77%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Music

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
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?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

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
72%
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.

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
39%
med
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

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computing

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

£21k

£21k

£32k

£32k

£32k

£32k

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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£21k

£21k

£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.

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