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University for the Creative Arts

Music Composition and Technology

UCAS Code: W300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

If you have a passion for music and an ambition to work with artists on the road and behind the scenes, this course is ideal for developing the industry-focused skills needed to thrive in the music business.

As the only specialist music marketing degree in the country, with an exciting network of industry connections, you'll leave UCA with the ability to apply the fundamental principles of marketing and communications to the UK's world-leading music scene.

Whether you dream of working in live music event promotion, artist management or record company marketing, or you're an artist wanting to learn how to promote yourself effectively, this course will cover everything you need to achieve your goals.

With the world’s most recognisable music brands on your doorstep, our Music Marketing & Communication course at UCA Epsom will give you the chance to build a professional network in one of the most competitive and rewarding media professions.

In the first year, you’ll look at how the principles of marketing and promotion have been developed to take advantage of new media and technology in an ever-changing and challenging industry. You’ll also examine the visual and cultural history of music – how it fits into the wider social history, and how critical thought can help us deconstruct its deeper meaning and context.

In your second year, you’ll gain deeper understanding through professional practice or work placement of the current working structures and operations of global music industries. Working alongside other marketing and business professionals you will explore how music producers and businesses interact. You’ll also explore the concepts of brand development and gain a broad understanding of the power of music and brands.

In your final year, you’ll combine these skills, understandings and experience into your final major project, where you’ll demonstrate your understanding of the music industry, of the importance of brand, and how your ideas can be successful.

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Modules

In Year 1 you will explore creative and technical approaches to music composition and sound design, particularly their relationship with film, theatre, animation, advertising, and games design. You’ll discover how a creative environment can be enhanced or changed through the introduction of music and/or sound and learn the basic toolkits of your craft. You’ll begin to explore, develop and apply your creative skills through a series of practical projects which will contribute to the development of your portfolio of work. Integral to your studies will be learning about how the music business works and how to make it work for you, and your practical studies will be supported by a unit that looks at the history of sound and electronic music.

In Year 2 you will begin to form a technical and theoretical understanding of sound, wave forms and the physics of sound while familiarising yourself with a range of software packages that you will need for your career as a composer or sound designer. In the second term, you will decide whether you wish to take more technical units, which will determine whether you will graduate with a BSc or BA degree. You’ll be introduced to the music and sound business and will have the opportunity to either go on work experience or work with Acting & Performance students on a project to create the sound design or compose the music for performances.

In Year 3 you will begin to form a technical and theoretical understanding of sound, wave forms and the physics of sound while familiarising yourself with a range of software packages that you will need for your career as a composer or sound designer. In the second term, you will decide whether you wish to take more technical units, which will determine whether you will graduate with a BSc or BA degree. You’ll be introduced to the music and sound business and will have the opportunity to either go on work experience or work with Acting & Performance students on a project to create the sound design or compose the music for performances.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Farnham

Department:

Media and Digital

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

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£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Design occupations
23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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

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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£23k

£23k

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