Music BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W300
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

This course is open for applications through Clearing. Please contact our Admissions Team on 01326 213730.

At Falmouth we make music. The BA(Hons) Music course supports performers, composers, sound artists and musicologists as they explore new techniques and ideas, and develop their own unique approach to music-making. Our course, housed within the state-of-the-art Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, is built to reflect today's music scene - adventurous and constantly pushing stylistic and technological boundaries.

If you're inspired by new and diverse music, from jazz, to pop, to classical, and want to embrace a spirit of adventure in your music, then this is the course for you.

  • We are a contemporary music course, helping you to gain an understanding of the musical world as it is today, both stylistically and in terms of career opportunities
  • We are eclectic, studying a wide variety of musical styles so that you can explore the full range of your musical interests - we create new sounds out of the collision of these interests
  • We are experimental in our outlook, and encourage you to be, as you search for your own distinctive musical voice
  • We nurture high quality musicianship skills, ensuring you have the necessary ability to realise your creative ideas

How the course is taught

We put creativity and artistic exploration at the heart of what we do, creating a supportive environment for you to research new ideas, cross stylistic borders and work collaboratively with a wide range of people.

What you'll do

Year 1

In your first year, you'll consolidate and challenge the fundamentals of music-making, across performance, critical listening, composition, recording, theory and notation.

  • Composition Studies: The Elements of Music
  • Performance Studies: Self and Sound
  • Music in Culture and Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Techniques
  • Professional Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Ensembles
  • Lunchtime Concerts

Year 2

In year two, you'll choose from specialist modules such as Film Music, Music Education, Studio Composition or the Music Business. In other modules, we look at cutting-edge trends in today's music scene and think about career opportunities available to you.

  • Music at the Cutting Edge
  • Applied Music
  • Options Projects
  • Proposals for Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Ensembles and Lunchtime Concerts

Year 3

Your third year begins with an off-campus project, designed to place your music in a professional context. Recent projects have included community music-making in Kenya, researching American Folk music in New York, and working as a film composer in Sri Lanka. Other possibilities include placements in the UK in schools, orchestras or record labels. When you're back, you'll work on self-devised projects, such as writing an album, putting on a major performance, or composing a score.

  • Practice in Context
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice Project

Facilities

The Performance Centre's incredible facilities include:

  • High-spec studios for acoustic and amplified music
  • Recording studios and practice rooms for bands and solos
  • Some of the best studio hardware, software and collection of microphones in any UK higher education institution

Staff

Our core staff team comprises performers, composers, producers, sound artists and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical styles. You will also have access to our large team of associate staff, including leading instrumental tutors, composers and songwriters, industry contacts and our team of technical support staff.

Experience you'll get

  • You'll receive one-to-one instrumental lessons every year, or can opt for composition or studio production lessons instead
  • You'll play regularly in ensembles - options include vocal group, laptop orchestra, and Taiko drumming
  • We regularly welcome guest speakers and artists, such as Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Island Records' President, Darcus Beese
  • Take advantage of Falmouth's annual jazz summer school, held in collaboration with Yamaha

Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework, tailor-made to refect your musical interests.

Careers

Our graduates are freelance musicians, composers, business owners, teachers and community music leaders. They have worked with Elvis Costello, Madonna, Mark Ronson, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, amongst many others. Typical careers include:

  • Freelance performer, composer, producer or writer
  • Work as a session musician or ensemble work
  • Extended involvement with arts organisations or community music leader
  • Career in music journalism
  • Teaching or running workshops

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