Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W390
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Creative Music Technology at Falmouth is widely recognised for its excellent teaching, sector-leading learning resources and a course structure that focuses on what you need to develop your passion and creativity into a career.

Working on the Penryn Campus, you will be surrounded by filmmakers, digital games designers, dancers and animators, as well as other musicians, forging working relationships that will propel you into your professional working life. In the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, collaboration is inevitable.

Benefits

  • State-of-the-art music production facilities
  • A modular course that focuses on your creative practice
  • Passionate, expert staff
  • Frequent, high profile visiting lecturers, eg Adrian Utley (Portishead), Darcus Beese (Island Records)
  • Opportunities for industry placements, to study abroad, and to start your own company

How the course is taught

Alongside practical sessions, you'll receive technical and artistic guidance and feedback from staff and specialists. There'll be lectures, seminars and tutorials to support you in developing your individual sound and extending your portfolio, as well as excellent links with the music industry to steer and inform your professional practice.

Course outline

This course will support you to develop your creative practice in music technology. Whether you are a producer, engineer, performer, composer or sound designer, this course offers a thorough grounding in the skills you need to support your work. Through close engagement with industry and continuous staff support, we will work with you to tailor your modular course towards your specific needs.

What you'll do

Year 1

In your first year you'll gain grounding in the fundamentals of creative music technology, from music composition and performance to music production and sound engineering.

You'll receive technical and artistic guidance from staff and specialists through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical music-making. This will support you in developing your musical skills, knowledge and your own creative voice. You'll also gain a firm understanding of the business, developing analytical and problem-solving expertise, as well as the project management and interpersonal skills essential for professional success.

During this year you'll receive high-level training in music technology software and hardware for recording, editing, production, sound design and live performance. At the same time you'll be challenged to experiment and use these tools creatively to start developing your own artistic work.

Year 2

Year two balances core modules with a menu of specialist options through which you can build your sonic identity.

Core modules develop the fundamental knowledge and skills you'll need, whilst the specialist options allow you to focus on your particular interests. These options range from writing music for the moving image, to studio composition; and from advanced recording, mixing and mastering to exploring the cutting edge of audio for emerging digital media. Year two offers numerous opportunities for collaboration and even the option of studying abroad in one of our partner institutions around the world.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll have the freedom to develop your own projects. Recent projects have included working at major recording studios from New York to Thailand, researching and developing new technologies at an institute for music technology in Amsterdam, collaborating with musicians from the Icelandic Academy of Arts, and teaching music to children in Ghana. Other projects have included placements in post-production studios and record labels, starting up a music business, national and international touring and other valuable work experience.

After this project you'll return to continue working on self-devised projects, including your professional portfolio, dissertation and a careers module, which will propel your entry into your chosen profession. All work in the third year will be supported through a generous allocation of one-to-one and project specific supervision by staff.

Facilities

  • State-of-the-art sound studios featuring SSL AWS and TL Audio Valve desks
  • Support for all the Industry Standard audio software including ProTools, Logic, Live etc
  • 10 channel Genelec Surround space and 5.1 surround monitoring in all control rooms
  • Hire store with thousands of items available to borrow free of charge for off campus use
  • Access to over 140,000 books, a comprehensive electronic journal resource and a DVD library featuring over 17,000 titles

Staff

Our core staff team comprises composers, performers, producers, sound artists and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical languages. You'll also have access to our large team of associate staff, including leading instrumental tutors, composers, songwriters and industry contacts such as Yamaha, Island Records and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Assessment

We keep our teaching and assessments flexible so that you can become the musician you want to be. Assessment is 100% coursework, tailor-made to allow you to work at any one time as a composer, performer, producer, sound engineer, music technologist or sound designer. Precise requirements vary across modules, but will likely include portfolios of practical work, written work or fieldwork.

Careers

  • Composer or performer
  • Producer
  • Sound engineer for studio or live sound
  • Sound designer for film, TV, games or exhibitions
  • Post production audio editing
  • Hardware or software music technologist
  • Work as a sound designer (for screen, mobile, gaming or installation)
  • Teaching and postgraduate study

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Music courses group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form