Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Music Technology with Professional Placement

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Course summary

Develop the creative and technical abilities needed to thrive in the music industry. Exploring composition, music production, sound design and immersive audio technologies, this collaborative and career focused degree will help you grow as an artist and musician. Guided by a team of industry professionals, expert academics and technical tutors, you’ll learn about music composition, recording, editing, mixing and mastering. You’ll also hone skills in creating sound and music for a wide range of media, including film and games, and you’ll develop your own areas of artistic practice through individual and group music making and specialist tuition. You will: Develop as an industry-ready artist with the creative, technical, academic and professional attributes needed to succeed Work in high-spec studio facilities with a range of digital and analogue hardware, software instruments and plug-ins, as well as surround-sound monitoring Access a wide range of industry standard equipment including microphones, portable recorders, amps, synths, drum machines and controllers Collaborate with musicians, filmmakers, game designers, dancers, animators and designers on other Falmouth courses Work in a vibrant community of research-active lecturers with industry connections. Recent visitors include Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), James Young (Darkstar) and electroacoustic composer Professor Jonty Harrison Grow in experience and skills through optional modules, industry placements, overseas study and/or starting your own company.


During this music technology degree, you'll develop essential skills in composition, recording, editing, mixing and mastering, learning to apply these skills to music production and sound design for visual media and immersive technologies. You'll become immersed in the wider context of music, art, research and critical thinking, and learn how to communicate your understanding as an individual and as part of a team. You'll also become industry-ready through developing your knowledge, skills, networks, experience and practical portfolio in your chosen specialisms. Year one: 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. You'll also produce your own artistic work following training in industry-standard software and hardware tools and techniques. Modules Audio Cultures and Critical Theory Studiocraft Designing sound Core Music Practice The Electronic Toolkit Mixcraft Year two: 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 the opportunity to collaborate and study abroad with our partner institutions around the world. Modules Creative Writing and Research in Virtual Music Art of Production Professional Music Practice Immersive Audio Optional modules Voice Timbre Supersonic The Working Musician: Reproduce; Arrange; Mutate The Hit Machine The Music Educator Music and Moving Image Creative Performance Technology Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year four: This is your chance to work on your own projects. For past students, this has included working at major recording studios in New York and Thailand, researching and developing new technologies at an Amsterdam institute for music technology, and collaborating with musicians from the Icelandic Academy of Arts. Other projects have included placements in post-production studios and record labels, starting up a music business, and international touring. You'll conclude your studies by developing a professional portfolio and a strategic plan for your chosen career. Modules Specialists Practice in Context Dissertation Professional Portfolio 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.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed entirely on coursework. The actual methods will vary across modules, but will include portfolios of practical work, written work and presentations. Many of the assessments will be flexible, so you can work as a composer, performer, producer, sound engineer, music technologist or sound designer.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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