Creative Music Technology (Top-up) (BA (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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BA (Hons)

How long you will study
1 Years

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About Creative Music Technology (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth


Do you have an HND or Foundation degree in music technology, music production or similar? Would you like to top it up to a full Bachelor's degree?

On this creative music technology top-up degree, you'll develop your creative and technical skills to degree level using new music technologies. You’ll get experience with sound software and hardware used by industry professionals, and get the chance to achieve additional certifications in the use of leading music technologies.

At the end of the course, you’ll be ready to begin your career in various areas of music technology areas such as games and animation, music recording and production, and television and film.

What you'll experience

On this creative music technology top-up degree course you'll:

  • Turn your Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Bachelor's degree
  • Develop your personal creative practice with emerging sound technologies
  • Choose optional modules that allow you to match what you study to your interests and career goals
  • Be able to apply for an optional Avid Protools accredited training certificate in Pro Tools Software
  • Get the chance to apply for Audiokinetic Wwise certification (we are one of only 2 universities in the UK to offer this)
  • Be taught by staff members with industry experience in composition, sound design and music production

You'll use:

  • Recording studios to engineer and produce music and sound design for games, film and TV
  • Sensors and alternative controllers to create sound installations or perform live
  • Hardware and software synths and plugins to create electronic music
  • Digital audio workstations to create and mix music

You’ll get your hands on some exciting gear in our studio suite, including:

  • A valve 32 channel TL audio mixing desk
  • An SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ
  • A 7.1 surround studio (Genelec) including a Slate Raven multi-touch console for multichannel work and spatial audio projects
  • A Buchla System 7 synthesizer (1 of only 2 in a European university and the only one in the UK)
  • 4 Oakley Modular synthesizers
  • iMac Dual i7 computers running Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Max/MSP (including Max for Live), Native Instruments (including Reaktor), Pure Data and Game engine software

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, further develop your skills and build your portfolio.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Final Year Project – 40 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Collaborative Sound Project – 20 credits
  • Free Composition – 20 credits
  • Implementing Game Audio – 20 credits
  • Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies – 20 credits
  • Professional Studio Practice – 20 credits

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials

During your scheduled teaching sessions, you'll focus on creative practices such as composition, synthesis, music computing and production.

You can also book one-to-one sessions if you feel you need specialist technical support for the music software you'll be using.

The formal assessments you take on this music technology top-up vary according to the modules you choose. They include:

  • a portfolio of original compositional works
  • design and development of an audio/software project
  • oral assessments and presentations
  • written assignments including essays

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Student Destinations

Music technology is a continually developing field that's key to the creative industries, so there will be lots of opportunities open to you after the course.

Previous music technology graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • studio recording
  • composition
  • music production
  • acoustics
  • sound design for television and film, animation and computer games
  • digital media
  • education

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • audio developer
  • music technology lecturer
  • musical technician
  • studio manager
  • studio engineer
  • music teacher
  • game audio professional (composition and sound design)
  • sound designer for visual media

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

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Entry requirements

240 HE credits in a related qualification e.g. HND or Foundation Degree in Music Technology, Music Production, or similar. Applicants may be required to provide supplementary information.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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