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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University

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

  • 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.

"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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

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

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 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 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

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.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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