Develop a portfolio of skills to prepare you for work within the modern music industry – and to influence its future.
|Course Duration||3 years|
The focus will be on your practice and you’ll push stylistic and technological boundaries while developing your work and carving out your musical identity. You can choose to specialise in performance, music pedagogy, sound art or musicology, or work in a mixture of these disciplines.
- Cover a range of musical styles including avant garde, classical, jazz, folk, blues and rock to develop a broad understanding of music.
- Play regularly in ensembles, including vocal groups, laptop orchestras and Taiko drumming.
- Benefit from guest speaker artists and ensembles; recent visitors include Graham Fitkin (composer), Kenny Werner (piano), Kevos (ensemble) and Adrian Utley (Portishead).
- Do a three-month placement or internship in your third year that can take any form, from shadowing a professional composer to working with a London orchestra.
- Take advantage of our prestigious international exchange partners including Sarah Lawrence College NYC, La Salle, Nagoya University, Griffith University and Helsinki Metropolia University.
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What you'll learn
With creativity and artistic exploration at the centre of your experience, you’ll research new ideas and cross stylistic borders in our supportive environment.
Analysing and exploring the basics of music-making, you’ll study performance, critical listening, composition, recording, theory and notation.
Audio Cultures and Critical Theory
Composition Studies: The Elements of Music
Performance Studies: Self and Sound
Core Music Practice
You’ll choose from specialist modules like Film Music, Music Education, Studio Composition, and the Music Business. Other modules will explore the latest trends in the music scene, and the right career opportunities for you. There’ll also be opportunities to study abroad with one of our partner institutions.
Creative Writing and Research in Virtual Music
Professional Music Practice
The Working Musician: Reproduce; Arrange; Mutate
The Hit Machine
The Music Educator
Music and Moving Image
You’ll begin by gaining professional experience with an off-campus project - anything from overseas community projects to working in a UK record label. When you return, you’ll work on self-devised projects, like writing an album, putting on a major performance, or composing a score.
Specialist 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
You’ll study a range of ideas and techniques in lectures and seminars, collaborate with a variety of people, and find support in tutorials. Regular learning will also come through one-to-one and small group instrumental lessons, or lessons in composition or studio production.
Industry insights and expertise will come from our regular guest speakers and artists, like composer Graham Fitkin, Radiohead’s Ed O'Brien, and Island Records’ Darcus Beese.
Previous third-year Practice in Context modules have included community music-making in Kenya, researching American Folk music in New York, and working as a film composer in Sri Lanka. Local possibilities include placements in UK schools, orchestras or record labels.
How you'll spend your time
and learning activity
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
Assessment is a combination of practical exams and coursework.
You’ll learn from performers, composers, producers, sound artists and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical styles. Our associate staff members include instrumental tutors, composers and songwriters, industry contacts and technical support staff.
Some members of staff only teach on certain modules, and your course might not feature everyone shown here.
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- 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.
- 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: W300
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
Get application information including personal statement advice, interview tips and what to include in your portfolio.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
How do you write a personal statement and what should you include? Read our advice.
Interview Information: Music BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Music degree 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.
- Can write and speak clearly.
- Engages with interview questions and discussion.
- Can critically discuss their portfolio or other musical examples.
- Shows ongoing engagement, motivation and creative potential.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
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.
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
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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