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University of Huddersfield

Sonic Arts and Composition

UCAS Code: A459

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications

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

DDM

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications in Music or Music Technology are preferred but not essential. Applicants without Level 3 Music qualifications will need to demonstrate prior Music or Music Technology experience. Practical and theory music grades will be accepted in the total points.

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 composition

Sonic arts

**Do you enjoy creating your own music? We’ll give you the chance to develop your skills in acoustic and computer-based composition, as well as in production and orchestration. We take a broad view of sonic arts, encompassing everything from how to use the studio as a creative tool and working with computers to manipulate sound, to writing for specific instruments.**

The course is designed to give you a thorough grounding from which you could develop a career in composition, sound, sonic arts, or many other exciting creative routes.

- QS World University Subject Rankings 2019 (https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2019/performing-arts) ranked the University of Huddersfield 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'

- You will have the opportunity to work with commercially successful tutors and internationally recognised researchers who can help you build on your production talents

- You will study in state-of-the-art professional standard facilities. You’ll have plenty of recording and composition studio space to use if you need it. And we make sure to keep upgrading the equipment, so we’re always up-to-date with the industries you want to go into

- The course is accredited by JAMES (https://www.jamesonline.org.uk/)

- You'll be able to explore the latest new music in the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (https://hcmf.co.uk/) and get up-close and experience contemporary music in action at the Electric Spring Festival (http://www.electricspring.co.uk/)

- The course offers an optional placement year to help give you the edge in your chosen career

If you're successful in applying to Sonic Arts and Composition, you’ll be joining a large community of music and music technology students, including aspiring classical, jazz and pop musicians, recording engineers, programmers, audio electronic experts and interface designers - there’s always lots of creativity and experimentation going on.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and workshops given by distinguished visiting performers from the worlds of sound and vision. Recently we have hosted the Bozzini String Quartet (Canada), Juliet Frazer (soprano), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet from Canada, Garth Knox (viola), international electronic musician and DJ Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), documentary film composer Ray Russell, Finland-based violinist Mieko Kanno, and Distractfold ensemble.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Sonic Arts and Electronica 1
Composition 1
Desktop Music Production 1
Introduction to Music Research

Option modules:
Choose two from a list which may include:
Introduction to Analysis
Performance Skills 1
Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

Year 2
Option modules:
Choose at least one from a list which may include:
Critical Approaches to Recorded and Electronic Music
Experimental Music Year 2

Plus at least one from a list which may include:
Sonic Arts and Electronica 2
Composition 2

Plus up to four additional options from a list which may include:
Desktop Music Production 2
Making Interactive Tools for Music and Audio
Studio Production and Spatial Recording Techniques
Orchestration (Year 2)
Techniques of Music Analysis (Year 2)
Music for the Moving Image B
Performance Skills 2
Performance Skills 2 (Major)

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Final Year Project

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include:
Composition Practice
Advanced Composition

Plus choose at least one from a list which may include:
Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
Music in the 21st Century
Techniques of Music Analysis (Final Year)

Plus choose up to two additional options from a list which may include:
Performance Skills 3
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
Advanced Interactive Tool Design for Music and Audio
Orchestration (Final Year)
Sound for Image B
Work and Professional Practice in Music
Composing Music for Film and Videogames B

Assessment methods

The final year large project is based on your choice of specialism. Study and assessments will be based on your choice of modules; which can include performances, composition presentations, examinations, learning journals, portfolios, recitals, essays and technical documents. The final year large project is based on your choice of specialism.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see the University's webpage https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/musictechnologyscholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Music and Drama (ADMUS)

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.

81%
med
Music composition
81%
med
Sonic arts

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
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

94%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
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.

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
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 composition

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

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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