- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 254350
Develop a portfolio of skills that will prepare you to work within the modern music industry. If you are stylistically eclectic, willing to take risks and experiment while preparing for your future career as a contemporary and entrepreneurial musician, this is the course for you.
Whether you're a performer, composer, sound artist, musicologist, or work in a mixture of these disciplines we'll offer an insight into the modern music industries – where stylistic and technological boundaries are constantly pushed. You'll also have the opportunity to grow through tuition in a music specialism of your choice, as well as composition or studio production lessons.
- One-to-one and small group instrumental lessons, or
- Composition or studio production lessons
- Play regularly in ensembles, including vocal group, laptop orchestra, and Taiko drumming
- Regular guest speakers and artists, such as Graham Fitkin (Composer), Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) and Darcus Beese (Island Records)
- Take advantage of Falmouth's annual jazz summer school, held in collaboration with Yamaha
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
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
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Fees, Costs and Funding
£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
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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.
You'll be in lectures and seminars studying a wide range of ideas and techniques. We'll also support you through tutorials as you work out how to apply that learning to your own music making.
How you'll spend your time
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How you'll be assessed
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What you'll do
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 and lunchtime Concerts
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
The second year will also be the point in the degree where you can choose to study abroad with one of our partner institutions through the Study Abroad and Erasmus Exchange programmes.
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
- Professional practice project
The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts' 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
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.
Assessment is a combination of practical exams and coursework.
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 mentors can be reached on the Music BA(Hons) Facebook group
They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org