- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Technology has been a driving force in musical history, ultimately changing the way music is made and heard. Our Creative Music Technology course is designed to develop your identity as a musician and help you gain the skills you need for an exciting career in a wide range of creative industry professions.
Throughout the course you'll explore the potential of emerging audio technologies and techniques, underpinned by critical discourse on the aesthetic, technical and cultural history of music technology. This course will prepare you for a career as a composer, performer or producer, sound designer or engineer, sonic artist, educator, music technologist, digital musician or developer.
- Studio recording and production in purpose-built sound studios
- Sound design for a variety of media contexts
- Digital audio, interactivity and music computing
- Artistic and professional development
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 sound and extending your portfolio, as well as excellent links with the music industry to help inform your professional practice.
What you'll do
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. You will also receive a generous allocation of one-to-one instrumental, composition and music technology lessons.
Ready to expand your learning, you'll specialise in areas that interest you by choosing from a range of specialist topics such as music for film and screen media, studio composition, advanced mixing and mastering, the music business, or music for dance. Several of these modules will give you opportunities to work with students on other courses and establish collaborations across different artistic disciplines.
In other modules you'll further your knowledge in creative music technology, giving you a thorough understanding and command of current technology, as well as the knowledge needed to innovate in the field. You'll study subjects including computer music and interactivity, live electronic performance, human computer interaction, location recording and sound diffusion. With this knowledge you'll start to develop your own technological tools and techniques for your artistic work.
You'll start your third year with an off-campus project to gain valuable experience in a professional context. Recent projects have included working at a major recording studio in 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 and recording 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 aid your entry into your chosen profession. All work in the third year will be supported through a generous allocation of one-to-one supervision by staff.
The Performance Centre's incredible facilities include:
- High-specification performance studios designed for both acoustic and amplified music
- A complex of purpose-built sound studios incorporating the best of analogue and digital technologies, including our TLAudio (analogue) and SSL (hybrid) consoles and our UAD apollo systems that allows students to access the studios through their own laptop AVID icon room
- Some of the best studio hardware, industry-standard software and one of the best collections of microphones in a UK higher education institution
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.
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.
- Career as a composer, performer or producer
- Career as a sonic artist
- Work as a sound designer (for screen, mobile, gaming or installation)
- Work in sound engineering and editing
- Work as a music technologist or hardware/software developer
- Career in music production, press or promotion
- Teaching and postgraduate study
- Work as a music technologist or software developer
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: email@example.com
For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form