middleton-music

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Creative Music Technology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: J931

What you'll study

Masterclasses from industry specialists, composers, producers and musicians supplement lectures, seminars and workshops. And there are extracurricular activities too. You can get involved in staff- and student-led ensembles, workshops, collaborative projects and productions. We'll assess you, depending on your modules choices, based on your performance, recordings, studio production, presentations, essays and exams, as well as gig reviews and blog posts.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Creative Music Skills 1

    You'll develop a comprehensive range of general music-based skills through interactive seminars and workshops that provide a foundation for further studies. Topics and approaches in performance, technology, songwriting, electronic composition and digital audio are explored in practical, creative ways.

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

    You will study musical aesthetics across diverse genres, developing your critical skills and your ability to construct written arguments. Topics range from authenticity in cover songs to the political arguments of Adorno, Scruton and Cage.

  • Studio Production 1

    This module focuses on an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of studio recording using both SSL AWS consoles and Avid Control surfaces. Theoretical and hands-on instruction, using high quality studio equipment, will give you the knowledge and confidence to operate a studio.

  • Studio Production 2

    Furthering understanding developed in Studio Production 1, this module looks at the aesthetics and technicalities of studio-based music realisation. Get hands-on with different technical and stylistic approaches to production.

Optional modules

  • Creative Music Skills 2

    This module provides you with a further comprehensive range of practical and theoretical music-based skills through lectures, seminars and workshops that provide a foundation for further studies. The range of topics and approaches on offer allow you to undertake a broader selection of modules at Levels 5 & 6, perhaps specialising in chosen pathways.

  • Popular Music in Context

    You will explore popular music before 1980 from structural, sociological and historical viewpoints. Topics include blues, the French chanson, protest music and theories of harmony in rock songs.

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Creative Studio Production

    You will focus on advanced music production techniques including surround sound recording and mixing. Assignments are practically based and revolve around the use of an SSL Duality 48 Channel Desk and an Avid S6.

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

    This module is divided into two parts: studio design and an understanding of acoustics. You'll study the theoretical and practical application of acoustic formuli, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, and research method and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

Optional modules

  • The Materials of Composition

    Develop your own compositional approach. This module introduces you to key techniques for manipulating pitch, rhythm and timbre via the study of melody, harmonies, consonance, dissonance, clusters, pulses, meters, rhythms, form, structure, and instrumental effects.

  • Electronic Composition

    This module focuses on the creation of live popular and experimental electronic and electroacoustic music and builds upon skills gained in the Creative Music Skills I/II, Electronic Composition strand. You'll be introduced to the advanced techniques involved in producing pieces in a stereo context.

  • Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

    In the first half of this module, you will explore current trends in popular musicology, including semiotics, gender, race, protest, poetics, the canon and theories of influence. In the second, you'll study some techniques of contemporary rock journalism.

  • Film Music

    You will learn to think about, analyse and discuss how music shapes films and television shows. You do not need to have any knowledge of music to study this module as it focuses on the interpretation and effects of music in cinematic and televisual contexts.

  • Orchestration and Arranging

    You will explore techniques for arranging for orchestra and for jazz ensemble. You'll study topics such a score formatting, reharmonisation, texture, rhythm section writing, voicing, doubling, and explore these ideas in practical workshops.

  • Game Audio

    Explore aspects of sound design for games and discover some of the creative, technical and aesthetic challenges faced by sound designers working in this field. Develop insights into commercial industry practice and acquire vocational skills as you work with interactive audio and game middleware.

  • Songwriting

    This practical module will hone your skills as a songwriter. You'll be expected to write one song per week to a given brief, and then produce an EP of original material. Peer critique is encouraged, and no genre is excluded.

  • Audio-Visual Composition

    Create original audio-visual films - exploring the manipulation and generation of visual media, including animation, and effects processing. Develop your compositional skills and experiment with direct audio-visual mapping as you acquire industry relevant skills and the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

  • Studies in Musical Style from 1815

    This module investigates topics and issues in music from the late 18th century to well into the 20th century. You'll investigate music from Beethoven to Mahler and Sibelius, and you'll look at early modernism and developments in the musical avant garde up to the early 1960s.

  • Jazz Studies

    In this module, you will study the history of jazz, from its beginnings to the present day, alongside exploring how the music works. You'll also explore a range of different approaches to studying jazz from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Psychology of Music Performance

    This module will enable you to explore music performance from a psychological point of view. You'll investigate strategies for sight-reading, practising and memorising music, ways to cope with performance anxiety, techniques for solo and ensemble playing, ways to express music in sound and through the body as well as consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

  • Free Elective

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Special Study (Music)

    This module allows you to undertake an extended project with a specialist and dedicated supervisor through one-to-one tutorial teaching. Your project could take the form of a dissertation or it could be a creative project, such as an EP.

  • Acoustic Space: Soundscapes and Psychoacoustics

    You examine the premise of sound as spatial representation and explores its implications. Ambisonics - 360° surround sound - forms a contextual paradigm for further technical engagement with the topic.

  • Composing for Film

    Discover the creative and technical challenges of commercial film scoring from a practical perspective as you explore a variety of film-scoring approaches, tools and industry conventions. Gain an understanding of the dramatic and narrative functionality of film music as you explore the story-telling power of music - with reference to historical context.

  • Advanced Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Advanced Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Music, Politics and Contemporary Thought

    You will be introduced to a range of critical, theoretical and analytical approaches in musicology. You'll cover topics including musical analysis, new and critical musicology, gender studies, music historiography, the sociology of music and music philosophy.

  • Shakespeare Music

    You will gain stylistic and historical insights into a variety of musical works in western cultures inspired by the plays of Shakespeare from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You'll develop an understanding of musical representations of literary sources by examining musical compositions which employ Shakespeare’s works as the basis for their compositional idea or content.

  • Session Musician Performance

    Experience the range of professional scenarios encountered by session musicians, and so prepare yourself for a career in this area by adapting your existing performance skills specifically for use in the recording studio environment.

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Global Pop

    Encounter the music traditions of Africa, Brazil, Cuba and India through performance and composition, and explore the influence they exert on today's popular music around the world.

  • Radio Production

    This module explores radio broadcasting as the context to develop and hone precision composition and production skills for a demanding climate. You'll explore the medium in context and the technical creativity required to produce portfolios of musical and functional material for broadcast.

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

    You will focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. You develop your compositional skills by introducing them to a number of creative interpretations of specific spaces and places, including open-form works, promenade performances, landscape composition, sound installation, and collaborative contexts such as dance or theatre.

  • Music Industry Studies

    You will engage practically with a range of roles in the contemporary music industry, whilst learning about the theory and history that underpin this rapidly-evolving professional environment.

  • Individual Project (Music) (T1)

    This module gives you the opportunity to study a topic of your own choosing, with expert supervision. The choice of topic is very wide - you may offer an empirical study, an extended piece of music criticism, a folio of compositions, or a mixed-media project.

  • Individual Project (Music) (T2)

    The same as Individual Project [T1], but in the second trimester, to allow you to tailor the programme to suit your other module choices. It is possible to take both options if you wish to offer two contrasting skills. 

  • Live Sound

    You will get theoretical and hands-on instruction in using live sound equipment. At the end of the module, you'll have produced a technical rider for a show and completed a soundcheck for a band's performance.

“Music at Hull stood out from other universities, I liked that you can pick modules from the first year.”

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More about this course

After Hull's year as the 2017 UK City of Culture, there could hardly be a better place to study Creative Music Technology. You'll benefit from brand new facilities – like Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million to create a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. The Duality Studio, our flagship recording facility sits alongside other state-of-the-art resources. These include a 3D surround sound 16.4 Ambisonic Studio, a 20 iMac lab, our Salmon Grove recording and mixing studios, additional large mixing and recording facilities, plus plenty of band practice rooms and ensemble rehearsal spaces. And they're all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This innovative degree allows you to develop your talents as a performer, songwriter, composer, producer or sound engineer in a friendly, supportive environment. We emphasise the practical and creative aspects of music making – so when you graduate, you'll be well versed in industry-standard hardware and software. You can adapt the course to follow your own interests through diverse modules covering studio practice, production, composition, studio design, performance and musicology, all allowing you to explore and develop your own musical direction. Our staff is comprised of practicing composers, performers, researchers and engineers.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

31%

69%

Second year

17%

83%

Final year

18%

82%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

8%

12%

80%

Second year

29%

71%

Final year

13%

15%

72%

Our teaching staff

Our music studios and recording equipment rival the best in the industry, including one of the finest ambisonic studios in the UK. 

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Become the musician you want to be, whether it's pop, jazz, classical, musical theatre or film music, by tailoring your course to match your interests.

Thanks to a £9.5 million investment, our Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue boasting a superb 400-seater concert hall.

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Strong links with professional organisations enable our students to engage with the likes of the BBC, Hull Truck and Opera North.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Music or Music Technology at Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 music qualification

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

 

Future Prospects

Typical careers include working as live or studio sound engineers, session musicians, recording artists, music teachers, music therapists, and radio producers and presenters.

Our career-based Students for Hire scheme offers opportunities to perform professionally. A many of our modules have been designed with employment and professional skills development in mind. We have also developed internships with organisations including Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North.

We help your search for employment with an excellent Careers Service. This offers a range of services to assist you in developing the skills looked for by employers – through skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests.