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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9750

All study options

About Sonic Arts at Brunel University London

This programme is designed for students who wish to extend their understanding of music technology as a creative tool. You will become familiar with a range of techniques and approaches to computer music and sonic arts, and with the history of sonic art and related traditions.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points. Experience with music or sound processing software applications is desirable. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.Access: Pass in a related subject.Course AimsThis Programme is designed for students who wish to extend their understanding of music technology as a creative tool. You will become familiar with a range of techniques and approaches to computer music and sonic arts, and with the history of sonic art and related traditions. You do not need to have a music qualification or to read music to apply for this programme; however, a large number of options in performance, orchestration, composition and music history are available for students with appropriate musicianship skills.Course ContentThe degree course is modular. Most modules are worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. You’ll have a wide range of modules from which to choose and you can specialise in areas that particularly interest you. The final year project requires you to carry out research on any related topic of your choice.Typical ModulesLevel 1 CoreAcademic Practice Introduction to Sonic Art Musique Concrète and Elektronische Musik Sonic Arts Computing ILevel 1 OptionsDigital Imaging Music and Society Musicianship Music Since 1900: Themes and Contexts Principles of Musical composition Principles of Performance Practice Software SystemsLevel 2 CoreHistory of Computer Music Performance and Live Electronics Sonic Arts Computing II Sonic Arts ProjectLevel 2 OptionsConducting and Realsiation Contemporary Performance Directed Ensemble Performance Improvisation Instrumentation and Orchestration Music and Perception Music since 1900: Experiment and Tradition Popular Music Practice Solo CompositionLevel 3 CoreAdvanced Computer Music and Generative Systems Special Project Spectromorphology, Microsound and PhoneticsLevel 3 OptionsAdvanced Improvisation Analysis and Sociology of Popular Music Music and the Moving Image Music since 1900: Modernism and PostmodernismPractical music activitiesBrunel’s School of Arts has a strong tradition of practical music-making and there are a number of ensembles that you can participate in, including the Brunel Sinfonietta, New Music Ensemble, Big Band, Performing Arts Choir, r:emote (electronic performance group), as well as a variety of smaller ensembles. The Arts Centre at Brunel also offers a range of other groups including an orchestra. It also holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts featuring both visiting performers, music students and staff. Student compositions often feature in these public performances.Teaching and LearningMusic staff have particular teaching and research strengths in composition (both acoustic and studio-based), interactive music, algorithmic composition, performance, musicology, and socio-critical musicology. Modules on this course reflect the expertise of the staff and focus on the creative use of technology as a music making tool, as well as considering the cultural and historical issues surrounding the use of technology in music.AssessmentEach subject employs a wide range of assessment methods. These include coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work and some written examinations.CareersA high proportion of our Music graduates have either progressed to postgraduate study at a university or conservatoire or have entered the music profession as performers, composers, teachers and technicians. Others have entered arts administration, publishing, the media and management. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Students have the opportunity, for example, to develop IT and highly sought-after presentation and communications skills during the course. Facts and FiguresSchool of ArtsThe School of Arts at Brunel includes single and joint honours degree courses in Music and Sonic Arts, English, Journalism, Film and Television Studies and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics. Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules. Research conducted by staff provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these three interdisciplinary areas. We also benefit from the activities of the Arts Centre, which organises tuition, performances and exhibitions across a range of arts.

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 awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750
  • The awardBAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study5 - 6 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2470International course feesGBP 9750

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