Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Electronic Music, Computing and Technology

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Course summary

Imagine being able to create your own tools for performance. Or develop your own instruments, interactive installations or reactive sound design. This interdisciplinary programme gives you that opportunity. Why study BMus/BSc Electronic Music, Computing and Technology at Goldsmiths

  • Alongside developing your own musical practice, you will learn to create custom software that can be used to further your artistic goals and to pioneer the future of electronic music. You'll learn electronic music composition, production and performance with software design and digital signal processing.
  • After your first year, you can choose to pursue a more technical or artistic path of study, leading to either a Bachelor of Music (BMus) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.
  • The degree is designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in the arts and creative industries, in music technology and in audio, music and media-related computing. You'll develop understanding across the broad fields of creative practice, computer science, and musical research.
  • You'll study with a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers, writers, and computing experts. Most importantly, you will be able to participate in, and benefit from, two of the most dynamic and exciting departments - Music and Computing - that Goldsmiths has to offer.

Course details

Modules

This degree allows you to identify and develop your strengths and interests by choosing various specialist options in the Departments of Music and Computing. Year 1 - you'll study the fundamentals of computer programming, contemporary music and music technology. You will study the following compulsory modules: Introduction to Programming Numerical Mathematics Sound and Signal 1 Approaches to Contemporary Music Music Computing 1 Live Performance Systems Electronic Music Composition and History Year 2 - you'll select from one of four possible pathways through the programme, which will determine the award of either BMus (Hons) or BSc (Hons): Pathway 1 (BSc): 50/50 Music/Computing in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 2 (BSc): Computing focus in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 3 (BMus): 50/50 Music/Computing in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 4 (BMus): Music focus in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3 In your second year, you will take the following compulsory module. Music Computing 2 The rest of the modules you study will depend on the pathway you choose in your second year. Year 3 - In your third year, the final projects and option modules you take will also depend on your chosen pathway. Pathways 1 & 2 - you will take the following compulsory module. EMCT: Computing Final Project You will also take 60 credits of option modules (45-60 credits from Computing, and 0-15 from Music in the lists below). Pathways 3 & 4 - you will take the following compulsory module. Music: Major Project You will also take 60 credits of option modules (45-60 credits from Music, and 0-15 from Computing in the lists below). Computing modules: Advanced Audio-visual Processing Computer Security Artificial Intelligence Neural Networks Physical Computing 1 Interaction Design Data Mining Data Visualisation and the Web Data and Machine Learning for Creative Practice Music modules: Minimalism and Postminimalism Phonography Creative Orchestration and Arrangement Music/Modernities Narrative, Representation and Popular Song Musical Structure and Understanding Psychological Approaches to Music Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

An A-level, or equivalent, qualification in Music or Music Technology is preferred, although we also accept applicants without a formal qualification in music who can demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience. You should also normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If you are selected for interview you'll be asked to present a portfolio of relevant recent work.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
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Fees and funding

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Electronic Music, Computing and Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS