creative music technology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Creative Music Technology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: J931

What you'll study

There’s hardly a better place to study creative music technology than Hull, UK City of Culture. Especially with Middleton Hall, our industry-standard recording studio.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Creative Music Skills 1

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

  • 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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Creative Music Skills 2

    You’ll continue to develop a comprehensive range of skills in performance, instrumental composition, music production, electronic composition and digital audio. This module is highly interactive and is taught via lectures, seminars and workshops that pave the way for your further studies.

  • 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.

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.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 formulae, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, research methods and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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 and 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 using your voice or a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing in bands or chamber ensembles, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance using your voice or a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing in 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 jazz ensemble. You'll study topics such as score formatting, reharmonisation, texture, rhythm section writing, voicing and doubling, and you'll 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 gain 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 1810s to the early 1960s, building on the context of the late 19th 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 ‘60s.

  • Jazz Studies

    In this module, you will study the history of jazz from its beginnings to the present day, as well as 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, and ways to express music in sound and through the body. You'll also consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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 explore 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 vocally or on a chosen instrument 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 vocally or on a chosen instrument 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 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

    Focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. 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 while 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 broad and 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)

    This module gives you the opportunity to study a topic of your own choosing with expert supervision, as in 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

Explore this exciting subject with the help of masterclasses from industry specialists, technicians, producers and musicians. These supplement lectures, seminars and workshops with our own expert staff. You can also use cutting-edge facilities including our ambisonic studio, 20 iMac lab and recording and mixing studios – all available to you 24 hours a day.

  • Work with top-level organisations and tech with placement opportunities with the BBC, Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North.
  • Get 24-hour access to our new, industry-standard 48-track 3D surround-sound 16.4 ambisonic recording studio.
  • We can support you to set up your own record label using our studios while you're studying with us.
  • Enjoy recording sessions, jam nights and socials with other musicians, musical practitioners and music lovers through the Hull University Music Society.
  • This programme is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support).

We emphasise the practical and creative aspects of music making – so when you graduate, you'll be well versed in industry-relevant hardware and software. So you'll be prepared for a career as a sound engineer, producer, session musician, a recording artist or working for a radio station – which many of our past graduates have gone into.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

8%

12%

80%

Second year

29%

71%

Final year

13%

15%

72%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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. 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.