Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)

Creative Music Technology_Main
UCAS Code
W390
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Learn Creative Music Technology in a community of acclaimed lecturers and benefit from professional connections. Create in sector-leading facilities with multiple surround-sound rooms, vintage analogue and pristine digital instruments, and an outstanding microphone selection. 

We empower our students to design their journey – you'll effectively shape your course to your chosen career destination. Our graduates become producers, engineers, performers, composers, sound designers or artists. We'll help you develop the attitude, adaptability, and professional skills you actually need. At Falmouth you'll build relationships, working with filmmakers, game designers, dancers, animators, managers and musicians, to become the future of the industry.

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

 

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£150 - Recurring annual costs

£550 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W390

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.

Deadlines

All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires you to attend an interview. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview.

You'll be required to prepare two recorded examples of your music or creative practice for your interview. You should also prepare a 400 word written statement about the portfolio that details how and why you made the work.

Once you've applied, we'll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
 
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
 
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
 
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
 
Enquiries
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
 
+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
131%69%0%
230%70%0%
313%71%16%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%13%87%
20%8%92% 
30%25%75%

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 One

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 Two

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 Three

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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities.

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 mentors can be reached on the Creative Music Technology BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk