Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)
From bass-heavy tracks to immersive sound installations, this course focuses on enhancing audio skills and sonic awareness through the creative deployment of music technology.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll gain an understanding of the needs and potential of various industries including games, television, and music production, where you’ll study and discover innovative sound design, recording, mixing and mastering techniques, whilst creating and developing your own tracks and compositions throughout the degree.
- Create in high-spec facilities with multiple surround-sound rooms, vintage analogue and the latest digital instruments, with an outstanding microphone selection.
- Collaborate with filmmakers, game designers, dancers, animators and musicians to become the future of the industry.
- Have the opportunity for industry placements, to study abroad, and to start your own company.
- Work with regular guest artists and industry experts. Recent visitors include James Young (Darkstar), producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies) and mixing engineer Clint Murphy (50 Cent).
- Experience a vibrant community of acclaimed lecturers and industry-focussed connections.
What our students do
What you'll learn
You’ll learn to think creatively about ideas and methods, and look critically at concepts and practices - helping you turn a wide skill set into well-researched and informed work. And by keeping up with industry trends, you’ll seek out networks and opportunities to help your career.
With technical and artistic guidance from staff and specialists, you’ll develop your musical skills, knowledge, and creative voice. You’ll learn analytical and problem-solving expertise, and project management and interpersonal skills.
On top of this, you’ll develop your own artistic work using high-level training in recording, editing, production, sound design and live performance software and hardware.
Audio Cultures and Critical Theory
Core Music Practice
The Electronic Toolkit
You’ll take core modules to develop essential knowledge and skills, and specialist modules to focus on your interests. Choose from subjects like writing music for the moving image, studio composition, advanced recording, mixing and mastering, and exploring the cutting edge of audio for emerging digital media.
You’ll also have several chances to collaborate and study abroad with our partner institutions around the world.
Creative Writing and Research in Virtual Music
Art of Production
Professional Music Practice
The Working Musician: Reproduce; Arrange; Mutate
The Hit Machine
The Music Educator
Music and Moving Image
Creative Performance Technology
This is your chance to work on your own projects. In the past these have included working at major recording studios in New York and Thailand, researching and developing new technologies at an Amsterdam institute for music technology, 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, and international touring.
You’ll then apply this experience to your self-devised projects - like a professional portfolio, dissertation and a careers module.
Specialists Practice in Context
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
How you'll learn
Alongside practical sessions, you'll receive technical and artistic guidance from staff and specialists. Our industry links will inform your professional practice, while lectures, seminars and tutorials will help develop your individual sound and extend your portfolio.
All your third year work comes with extensive one-to-one and project-specific staff supervision.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
You’ll be assessed entirely on coursework. The actual methods will vary across modules, but will likely include portfolios of practical work, written work or fieldwork. Assessment will be flexible, so you can work as a composer, performer, producer, sound engineer, music technologist or sound designer.
You’ll learn from composers, performers, producers, sound artists, sound designers, audio engineers, and musicologists, as well as our associate leading instrumental tutors, composers and songwriters. What’s more, our industry contacts range from Yamaha to Island Records to the Philharmonic Orchestra. Our regular industry guest lecturers have included producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, The Pixies, Patti Smith), Eric James (Philosopher’s Barn Mastering), Jana Winderen, and Robert Curgenven.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Norah Lorway
Originally from Canada, Norah is a computer musician, programmer, composer and researcher...
Dr Antti Saario
Dr Antti Sakari Saario is an award-winning post-acousmatic composer, educator and an audio ...
Andrea Rushton is a lecturer in Music focusing particularly on voice studies and performance....
Dr Chris Best
Dr Christopher Best has been senior lecturer and principal tutor in music composition at...
Dr Chris Morgan
Chris is lecturer in formal and non-formal music education, co-ordinator of the Making Music...
Dr D Ferrett
Dr D Ferrett is course leader for BA(Hons) Popular Music and a senior lecturer in Music. Since...
Professor David Prior
David joined Falmouth as associate professor in Music and Sound Art in 2010. Now as Director of...
Dr Johny Lamb
Johny is a lecturer specialising in the study of popular music. He is a songwriter, composer,...
Dr Simon Poole
Simon has been making, selling, collecting, managing and writing about music for 30 years....
Jim Aitchison's practice as a composer is unique in initiating encounters with work by a range...
Rick is senior lecturer in music at Falmouth, teaching mainly within the field of popular music...
Samuel Murray is a guitarist, researcher and lecturer whose current projects include playing...
Will Parker is a lecturer, researcher and composer specialising in technology and aesthetics...
Dr Simon Waite
Si Waite is a songwriter, producer and educator. He has written, recorded and performed as a...
- Sound studios featuring SSL AWS and TL Audio Valve desks.
- Support for all the industry standard audio software including ProTools, Logic, Ableton 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 over 17,000 DVD titles.
- Professional theatre venue hosting visiting companies and artistes.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: W390
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
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Personal Statement Guide
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Interview Information: Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Creative Music Technology interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has musical ability, experience and contextual knowledge.
- Shows creativity and imagination, verbal articulation.
- Engages with interview questions and discussion.
- Can critically discuss portfolio or other musical examples.
- Shows written articulation.
- Shows sustained engagement, motivation and creative potential.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £150 - Recurring annual costs
- £550 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
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
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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