Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Music Technology (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

Innovate and thrive as an artist producer or audio professional on our Creative Music Technology degree.

  • Make an impact. Our graduates have made significant contributions to the UK music scene and global creative audio industries.
  • Prepare for industry. Graduate with an impressive industry-facing portfolio of innovative and creative work.
  • Select a specialised route that supports your professional aspirations via optional modules in your final year.
Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University fuses production, composition, sound design, critical listening, and the creative exploration of audio technologies alongside a wider view of digital media through three core areas:
  • Cutting edge urban and commercial music creation and production.
  • Experimental music, the sonic arts and ‘visual music’.
  • Sound design, music and audio production for the AV sector such as gaming, broadcast and audio-post.
The course seeks to extend your individual creative voice as well as your technical confidence and knowledge, developing a wide range of skills required by the creative industries. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.


In your first year we'll encourage you to explore and grow your existing creative activities alongside important foundational practical and interpretive skills. This is supported in topics such as audio recording and production, sound design, critical listening, and the exploration of the relationship between music and sound to picture. In your second year you'll take your skills and creativity into the professional arena, with a series of industry guest lectures, and the opportunity to engage with external collaboration, an internship or an industry placement. You’re guided toward greater technical competence in the core areas of sound production, critical listening and sound design. We also introduce multimedia skills that will open the opportunity of creative multidisciplinary projects and support the creation of powerful self-marketing and promotional tools. Your third year is a Professional Placement Year. In your final year you’ll continue to develop your practice to produce a body of work for public exhibition.

Assessment method

Over 90% of assessment is through coursework, with the majority of assignments aiming to develop your professional portfolio. We're also committed to developing your written communication skills, as a way of empowering you to discuss your own work and the work of others. Tutors are always available to support assignments and particular assessment style preferences if needed.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

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You’ll be asked to provide an audio portfolio, of example musical productions, that we will listen to and discuss during your interview. We would like you to share with us how you approach your audio productions, your current area of musical or production focus, and your future aspirations. If you’re invited to interview you’ll receive detailed guidance as to the interview process and the expectations of the audio portfolio.



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16905 Year 1
International £16905 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Creative Music Technology (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS