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Creative Music Technology

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
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. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

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

  • Make an impact. Our graduates have made significant contributions to the UK music scene and global creative audio industries.
  • Prepare for industry. Graduate with an impressive industry-facing portfolio of innovative and creative work.
  • Select a specialised route that supports your professional aspirations via optional modules in your final year.

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.

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"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

Want to specialise?

See our specialised Games and Interactive Media pathway. 

What you'll learn


Our Creative Music Technology degree 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 one
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 two
Youl 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’re 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 three
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're also committed to developing your written communication skills, as a way of empowering you 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.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Audio Recording
  • Sound Design Exploration
  • Creative Practice
  • Audio Production
  • Sonic Cultures
  • Applied Sound Design
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Foundations of Audio Processing
  • Sonic Art
  • Hyper Production Techniques
  • Sound and Music Industries
  • Audiovisual Practice
  • Experimental Audio Processing
  • Composition 4
  • Professional Placement Year
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Research Project
  • Sonic Signatures
  • Composition for Media
  • Interactive and Procedural Audio
  • Independent Study
  • Sonic Performance
  • Audio Post Production for Moving Image
  • AudioVisual Performance


Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Industry guests and visiting lecturers

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


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.
Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

"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:


Our course facilities are specified, calibrated, and maintained to 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.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
UK part time £4,625
International full time £16,905

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,381

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll 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 – grades BBB-BCC including a grade B in Music, Music Technology or a related subject.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Music or Music technology.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required in addition to evidence of a high level of experience in music, composing, music technology or music performance.
  • 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, at Merit or higher) together with evidence of a high level of experience in music, composing, music technology or music performance.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

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.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

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

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'll listen to and discuss during your interview.

We'd 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 on 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'

Course leader: Andy Keep

Three year course
With placement year

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