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Creative Music Technology

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: J931 or J901
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC including Grade B in Music/ Music Technology or a related subject.

View typical offers for more information.

Innovate and thrive as an artist producer or audio professional on our Creative Music Technology course.

  • Our graduates make significant contributions to the UK music scene and global creative audio industries.
  • Graduate with an impressive industry facing portfolio of innovative and creative work.
  • 91% overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2015.

"Great facilities, great staff and a great course. There’s very little that I learned during my three years at Bath Spa that I haven’t used and built upon, on a daily basis in my professional career."

Creative Music Technology graduate

Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University fuses production, composition, sound design, critical listening, and the creative exploration of audio technologies alongside a wider view of digital media through three core areas:

  • Cutting edge urban and commercial music creation and production.
  • Experimental music, the sonic arts and ‘visual music’.
  • Sound design, music and audio production for the AV sector such as gaming, broadcast and audio-post.

The course seeks to extend your individual creative voice as well as your technical confidence and knowledge, developing a wide range of skills required by the creative industries.

What you'll learn

Overview

This course gives you the opportunity to work and learn with students who share your commitment to music technology. You’ll explore and harness personal creative outcomes, while developing innovative approaches to your work.

The teaching team have very high levels of specialist professional practice and expertise. You’ll have access to superb resources and facilities, and benefit from being part of a vibrant community of students and staff, creating exciting work and collaborating across subject boundaries.

Course structure

Year 1
We encourage you to explore and grow your existing creative activities alongside important foundational practical and interpretive skills. This is supported in topics such as audio recording and production, sound design, critical listening, and the exploration of the relationship between music and sound to picture.

Year 2
You’ll take your skills and creativity into the professional arena, with a series of industry guest lectures, and the opportunity to engage with external collaboration, an internship or an industry placement. You’ll be guided toward greater technical competence in the core areas of sound production, critical listening and sound design. We also introduce multimedia skills that will open the opportunity of creative multidisciplinary projects and support the creation of powerful self-marketing and promotional tools.

Year 3
The final year of the degree offers industry level optional pathways including the areas of Advanced Music Production, Game Audio, Sonic Performance, Visual Music, Audio Post Production, and Composition for Media, from which you can select a specialised route to support your creative and professional aspirations.

This combines with individual support in managing a larger scale creative project of your choice, which we offer as an alternative to a traditional dissertation. All of the assignments in this final year are designed to be the foundation of your professional portfolio, and many are submitted as public facing online content.

How will I be assessed?

Over 90% of assessment is through coursework, with the majority of assignments aiming to develop your professional portfolio. We are also committed to developing your written communication skills, as a way of empowering to discuss your own work and the work of others. Tutors are always available to support assignments and particular assessment style preferences if needed.

How will I be taught?

You’ll receive a combination of lectures, music lab workshops, large and small group seminars, individual tutorials, online delivery and self directed study. The majority of taught sessions are in specialised spaces such as music studios and fully equipped computer labs.

Opportunities

Year 3 pathways

You'll have the opportunity to specialise and create high level portfolio work by selecting pathways of study in your final year.

In Professional Portfolio A you’ll study two optional pathways from:

  • Production Techniques
  • Composition for Broadcast Media
  • Audiovisual Composition and Performance
  • Electroacoustic Composition

In Professional Portfolio B you’ll choose two optional pathways from:

  • Audio Post for Moving Image
  • Game Audio
  • Sonic Performance
  • Audio Software Development

Industry guests and visiting lecturers

You’ll gain insight from an array of industry and creative guests. For example, in year 2 you’ll be able to attend our Think Tank lecture series of industry professionals at the top of their respective fields, and in year 3 we run a two day Q&A series with Game Audio professionals from all over the world via Skype.

Careers

Example professional destinations of previous graduates include:

  • Audio Production
  • Artist Producer
  • Composition
  • Sound design
  • Game Audio
  • Audio Post Production
  • Performance in sound/AV
  • Teaching / Education
  • Audio/mix engineer
  • Sound recording / Foley artist

"Creative Music Technology helped me so very much that it is hard to quantify: the course (and tutors) literally changed my life. It was my first introduction to electroacoustic music, sound art, audio DSP programming... so much!"

Sam Salem, Creative Music Technology graduate, Composer and Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Creative Music Technology is taught at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to excellent music technology facilities including:

  • ProTools HD recording studios
  • Mixing Suites
  • Apple Mac labs

As a Creative Music Technology student, you'll also make use of other facilities, including:

Resources

Our course facilities are specified, calibrated, and maintained to a industry standards. You’ll have access to a full range of hardware and software to support the curriculum content including ProTools, Logic Audio Pro, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, and numerous plug-ins and processing software including Waves bundles, Native Instrument suites, GRM tools, Lexicon reverbs, MacDSP, and surround sound encoders. We have a growing array of hardware modular synth components and we also support visual and media based work with a full range of multimedia software.

You’ll be able to use a comprehensive equipment loan system with everything that you might need for extended project work, including an array of microphones and pre amps, specialist field recorder equipment, portable high specification monitors, and professional still and movie cameras with lighting.

Software and the technology of music making and production is in a constant state of development; our approach is to equip you with transferable techniques, artistic approaches, and working practices that will continue to evolve and keep you ahead of your game throughout your career.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll, no doubt, be obsessively interested in music technology. Though many students may have high levels of instrumental skills and accompanying music theory, others will view software and hardware as their ‘instrument’.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Overall Grades BCC including Grade B in Music/ Music Technology or related subject
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Creative Music Technology grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points required along with evidence of experience of Music Technology.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted along with evidence of experience of Music Technology.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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

We have consistently high numbers of applications for the course. To help us find the right students, and you find out if we’re the right course for you, we hold a number of interview days at our Newton Park campus between mid December and mid April each year.

You’ll be asked to provide an audio portfolio, of example musical productions, that we will listen to and discuss during your interview. We would like you to share with us how you approach your audio productions, your current area of musical or production focus, and your future aspirations. If you’re invited to interview you’ll receive detailed guidance as to the interview process and the expectations of the audio portfolio.

“Everything we learnt in CMT can be applied to our work in one way or another; working with different software and developing confidence in exploring the unknown."

Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson, Creative Music Technology graduates, Record Producers 'Fred V & Grafix'

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Andy Keep
Email: a.keep@bathspa.ac.uk

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