Music Composition and Technology

University for the Creative Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Do you have dreams of becoming a film or gaming composer, a Foley artist or a music producer? Then our BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition and Technology course at UCA Farnham will give you the knowledge and skills to forge your dream career. Whichever degree route you wish to take, our tutors and experts will guide you as you develop the confidence to shape the future development of technology and media. You’ll use modern and traditional tools to learn about composition, orchestration, synthesis, song-writing, sound design and sonic art. The BA route explores music composition and sound design for linear forms, particularly in relation to film and animation, and looks at how an environment can be enhanced and created through music and sound. You’ll learn relevant music and audio theory, and gain experience working with and recording professional musicians to develop your portfolio in a range of musical contexts. The BSc route concentrates on technical knowledge and understanding and covers, for example, working within the domain of music composition and sound design for interactivity, games design, video projection, or audio installations. Embracing both traditional and modern tools of music composition, you’ll get the opportunity to work across Film, Animation, Acting and Games courses, applying your craft to a wide variety of projects.

Course details

Modules

In Year 1 you will explore creative and technical approaches to music composition and sound design, particularly their relationship with film, theatre, animation, advertising, and games design. You’ll discover how a creative environment can be enhanced or changed through the introduction of music and/or sound and learn the basic toolkits of your craft. You’ll begin to explore, develop and apply your creative skills through a series of practical projects which will contribute to the development of your portfolio of work. Integral to your studies will be learning about how the music business works and how to make it work for you, and your practical studies will be supported by a unit that looks at the history of sound and electronic music. In Year 2 you will begin to form a technical and theoretical understanding of sound, wave forms and the physics of sound while familiarising yourself with a range of software packages that you will need for your career as a composer or sound designer. In the second term, you will decide whether you wish to take more technical units, which will determine whether you will graduate with a BSc or BA degree. You’ll be introduced to the music and sound business and will have the opportunity to either go on work experience or work with Acting & Performance students on a project to create the sound design or compose the music for performances. In Year 3 you will begin to form a technical and theoretical understanding of sound, wave forms and the physics of sound while familiarising yourself with a range of software packages that you will need for your career as a composer or sound designer. In the second term, you will decide whether you wish to take more technical units, which will determine whether you will graduate with a BSc or BA degree. You’ll be introduced to the music and sound business and will have the opportunity to either go on work experience or work with Acting & Performance students on a project to create the sound design or compose the music for performances.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW300
Institution code C93
Campus nameFarnham
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

The majority of our courses require a portfolio and we consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades. This means that whilst we have a standard entry criteria of 112 UCAS tariff points (64 UCAS points for 4 year courses) and a minimum of four GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade A*-C and/or 4-9 including English, this should be used as a guide to what we accept. The average tariff that our students achieve is significantly higher than this standard entry criteria but we also occasionally make offers which are lower to students with a strong portfolio, and those who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or have completed A-Levels, Extended Diplomas (BTEC and UAL), Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Highers, and IB Diploma. We will consider other Level 3 qualifications on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. You can also check how many tariff points you have achieved using the UCAS Tariff calculator: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.uca.ac.uk


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:

https://www.uca.ac.uk/International-study/language-requirements-support/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note the International Fee will reduce to £15,600 if paid in one instalment prior to enrolment.
Music Composition and Technology at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS