Key facts

Award
Options: MMus Creative Sound and Media Technology, PG Dip Creative Sound and Media Technology, PG Cert Creative Sound and Media Technology.
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus
Newton Park
Course length
MMus full-time: three trimesters (one calendar year); MMus part-time: six trimesters (two calendar years); PG Dip full-time: two trimesters (one academic year); PG Dip part-time: four trimesters; PG Cert full-time: one trimester; PG Cert part-time: two trimesters.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Develop your skills in music technology in an experimental and creative environment.

  • Flexible and innovative teaching methods, including Distance Learning options.
  • Designed for musicians, artists and creative technologists from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • No genre boundaries – we cover electroacoustic, acousmatic and computer music, electronica and dance music, sound art, audiovisual performance and more.

This course is designed for individuals with experience of music technology and related disciplines. You’ll explore the field in more depth, and broaden your experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work.

Our staff and students have released numerous records (many as part of the Bristol underground bass scene), and have specialisms in audiovisual work, sound design, music for media, game audio, programming and lecturing (FE and HE).

We have outstanding facilities in this area, including two fully-fledged TV studios and post-production audio suites. You’ll also have access to our world-leading Seeing Sound Visual Music symposium.

“I particularly like having the freedom and support to explore ideas that I find interesting. And also being in an environment that encourages creative and critical thinking, non-disciplinary working and experimentation.”

Sophia Loizou, Creative Sound and Media Technology graduate.

What you'll learn

Overview

The course is designed to be flexible and to work around your individual interests and needs. You may choose to focus purely on sound throughout the course or you can add in multimedia elements.

You’ll have a great deal of freedom to focus on the work you want to do. Even when you’re studying theory, you can focus on your own individual area of research, so you can research and contextualise your own area of practice. Some modules are optional, and in addition there is a great deal of flexibility within the modules. For example, the Skills Portfolio module is made up of many sub-projects from which you choose a selection.

Course structure

Trimester 1
You’ll gain a grounding in creative sound and media technology. Following a structured teaching-led programme, we’ll furnish you with the practical and theoretical skills you’ll need to develop as the course progresses.

Trimester 2
In the second trimester you’ll create a themed but creatively free portfolio. We’ll encourage you to collaborate with students on the Creative Sound and Media Technology course, with students taking our other MMus courses, or indeed with creative individuals outside of the course.

You’ll have the choice to attend a weekly seminar series in either electroacoustic composition techniques, or visual music.

Trimester 3
You’ll complete a major project, during a dissertation-equivalent module. You can undertake your own programme of work (in any area you like) with close staff supervision. You’ll use the skills acquired in the first two trimesters to produce a substantial portfolio of practical creative work

You’ll work independently, focusing on your individual practice. You’ll receive one-to-one tutorial support at the beginning and end of the module and on request.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are primarily practice-based, in the form of portfolio submissions of creative work. These are usually accompanied by a short written document – this is intended to help assess the process as well as the end result and these are not formal essays. The only substantial essay required is for the Context and Methodology module.

How will I be taught?

Most modules revolve around a weekly meeting for the full group. Group sessions are supplemented by individual tutorials – the Major Project (which runs over the summer) is entirely taught through tutorials.

You can choose to study this course by distance learning.

Opportunities

Distance learning

You can choose to study this Master’s degree through distance learning.

Combining regular personal tutorials with a range of online teaching and learning tools, the course combines personal and social contact with asynchronous videos etc. Group session content is largely presented through dedicated screencasts, and tutorials take place using video conferencing software.

You are encouraged to come along to visit us, although this is not compulsory.

List of current alumni careers

Our graduate’s careers include:

  • Composer
  • Producer
  • Sound designer
  • Composer for TV/film
  • Game audio
  • Software developer
  • Creative coder
  • Instrument designer and engineer

Some graduates go onto further study and research at PhD level, and some go on to become lecturers in further and higher education.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Group sessions take place on Newton Park campus. These are in a dedicated seminar room – where laptops are provided if you need them – or in one of our more specialised spaces (several modules are taught in our studio spaces).

Resources

  • Three fully-specced recording studios;
  • Two TV studios;
  • Two industry-level post-production audio suites;
  • Several Mac suites with all the latest audio and multimedia software;
  • Bookable equipment including audio recorders, cameras, laptops, PA systems and much more besides;
  • New state-of-the-art Commons building including our unique 2-storey MediaWall;
  • Large library of online resources – produced for Distance Learners but available for all students.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,000
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

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Year 1 £3,500
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International students full time

2017/18 Entry

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Year 1 £14,000
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Islands students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,000
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Islands students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need skills and talent in music and/or music technology. Generally a base level of music technology skills (basic DAW/sequencer use) is desirable, but more advanced skills can be covered as part of the course.

We may accept you even if you don’t have basic technology skills, if we feel skills in other areas of music making compensate. Many of our students come from music technology-based undergraduate courses, but we also accept students from other disciplines who have explored music technology in their own time.

We are also very interested in mature students and experienced practitioners who may wish to use the course for their professional development. Here we can occasionally take life experience in place of a first degree, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

You’ll need to produce a portfolio when you apply; this will greatly inform our decision process.

On the whole we are looking for you to use technology as a creative tool, rather than just as a recording medium. For example, if your work is primarily acoustic, we’d be looking for you to have an approach that shows you’re able to transfer creativity into the technological arena.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: j.hyde@bathspa.ac.uk