creative music technology

Undergraduate

BA Creative Music Technology

Explore musical cultures and contexts. And hone technical skills in professional-standard facilities on our JAMES-accredited degree.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

J931

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Start date

Course overview

Masterclasses from industry specialists, technicians, producers and musicians will supplement lectures, seminars and workshops with our own expert staff.

Cutting-edge facilities – including our ambisonic studio, 20 iMac lab, and recording and mixing studios – are available to you 24/7.

You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work produced throughout your studies, including work experience and collaborations with professionals, along with a range of professional experience that prepares you for the next stage of your career.

Six reasons to study Creative Music Technology at Hull

  1. Accredited by the JAMES industry organisation
  2. 99% graduate employability rating*
  3. Work with top names like the BBC and Opera North
  4. 24-hour access to industry-standard studios
  5. Set up your own record label with expert support
  6. Play, jam and record with like-minded musicians
JAMES - Joint Audio Media Education Support

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

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.

  • Compulsory

    Creative Music Skills 1

    Develop skills in performance, technology, songwriting, electronic composition and digital audio. We explore these in practical, creative ways via interactive seminars and workshops.

    Music, Criticism and Culture

    Study musical aesthetics, developing your critical and reasoning skills. Topics include authenticity in cover versions to the political arguments of Adorno, Scruton and Cage.

    Studio Production 1

    This module is an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of studio recording using both SSL AWS consoles and Avid Control surfaces.

    Studio Production 2

    Furthering your skills, this module looks at the aesthetics and technicalities of studio-based music. Get hands-on with different technical and stylistic production approaches.

    Creative Music Skills 2

    Continue to develop your skills in instrumental composition, music production, electronic composition and digital audio on this highly interactive module.

    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.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Creative Studio Production

    You'll focus on advanced music production techniques including surround-sound recording and mixing. Practical assignments involve using an SSL Duality 48-channel desk and an Avid S6.

    Acoustics and Studio Design

    You'll study the theoretical and practical application of acoustic formulae, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, research methods and design. 

  • Optional

    The Materials of Composition

    Develop your own compositional approach on a module which introduces you to key techniques for manipulating pitch, rhythm and timbre. 

    Electronic Composition

    This module focuses on creative live electronic and electroacoustic music. You'll learn advanced techniques for producing pieces in a stereo context.

    Performance 1

    Develop performance skills using your voice or a chosen instrument. You can specialise in solo playing, small-group, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    Performance 2

    Develop performance skills using your voice or a chosen instrument. You can specialise in solo playing, small-group playing, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    Rock and Popular Musicology

    This module analyses current trends in popular musicology, including gender, race, protest, the canon and theories of influence. You'll also study techniques of rock journalism.

    Film Music

    You'll analyse and discuss how music shapes films and TV shows. You don't need any musical knowledge for this module: it focuses on the interpretation and effects of music. 

    Game Audio

    Explore sound design for games and discover some the challenges faced by sound designers. You'll get insights into industry practice working 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. 

    Audio-Visual Composition

    Develop your compositional skills and create original films, exploring the manipulation and generation of visual media, including animation and effects processing. 

    Studies in Musical Style from 1815

    This module investigates topics and issues in music from Beethoven to Mahler and Sibelius. You'll also examine early modernism and developments in the musical avant-garde up to the early ‘60s.

    Psychology of Music Performance

    Examine music performance from a psychological point of view. You'll investigate strategies for sight-reading, practising and memorising music, and coping with performance anxiety.

Final year modules

  • Optional

    Special Study (Music)

    Undertake an extended project with a specialist supervisor through one-to-one teaching. Your project could take the form of a dissertation or 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 - form the context for further technical engagement.

    Composing for Film

    Discover the challenges of film scoring as you explore the tools, approaches and industry conventions. You'll also examine the dramatic and narrative function of film music.

    Advanced Performance 1

    Take your vocal or instrumental skills to the next level. You can specialise in solo playing, small-group playing, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    Advanced Performance 2

    This advanced module is another opportunity to hone your performance skills, either vocally or on a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. 

    Music, Politics and Contemporary Thought

    Discover a range of approaches to musicology. You'll cover topics including musical analysis, gender studies, music historiography, the sociology of music and music philosophy.

    Shakespeare Music

    On this module, you'll gain stylistic and historical insights into a variety of musical works inspired by the plays of Shakespeare. 

    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. 

    Composing for Spaces and Places

    Focus on site-specific composition and performance. You'll study interpretations including open-form works, promenade performances, landscape composition and sound installation.

    Music Industry Careers

    You'll engage with a range of music industry roles while learning about the theory and history that underpin this rapidly evolving professional environment. 

    Individual Project (Music) (T1)

    Study a topic of your choosing with expert supervision. The choice is broad and you could submit a study, a criticism piece, a folio of compositions, or a mixed-media project.

    Live Sound

    Get hands-on instruction in using live sound equipment. By the end of the module, you'll have produced a technical rider for a show and completed a sound-check for a band.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

372 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

828 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

8%
12%
80%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

29%
71%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

216 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

984 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

13%
15%
72%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

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Entry requirements

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

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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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You'll enjoy 24-hour access to our industry standard 48-track SSL recording complex and 3D surround-sound 16.4 ambisonic studio.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£14,500 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Sound engineer
  • Studio producer
  • Session musician
  • Music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Broadcaster

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.

This programme has been designed with employment and professional skills development in mind.

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