University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute

Music for Media University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of East Anglia


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Students studying on this course benefit from a focus on both composition and sound design. These two areas complement each other and reflect the requirements of the industry. Both areas are supported by modules in analysis, arranging, musical direction, technology and composing for TV, animation, games and movies.

Music technology will have a fundamental role in ensuring that students can creatively manipulate sounds within the digital domain reflecting current trends and future developments. These skills will become transferable in developing an online presence as a composer and/or sound designer. Music business is core to the programme so that students develop skills needed to work in the music industry to purse their career interests on either a freelance or employed basis although the direction will be on self-employability.

A major project in the final stage of the programme provides an opportunity for in-depth study of particular personal interest. Flexibility is built in to allow for a variety of approaches that range from traditional academic research in written form, presentations or websites, to creative work resulting from practice-based research.

Creativity and innovation are cornerstones of the flourishing creative and cultural economy. Employment led curriculum provides our students with the capacity to be adaptive and reflective practitioners. Our students demonstrate the breadth of creative talent and versatility possible within the creative arts, as seen in the outstanding performances at local venues such as the Mercury Theatre, Headgate Theatre, in the London West End, and the Brighton Fringe Festival. We work closely with Essex Music Services, Creative Colchester, Film Suffolk, and the Dance Network Association to enable students to engage with a broader arts network.

Our facilities include a suite of Macs running Logic and Sibelius, with extensive East West sound libraries and two main recording studios. We have a concert hall and many bookable practice rooms for bands and orchestral ensembles.

Course details


The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Further information on the modules currently offered on this programme can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.

Assessment method

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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 code W301
Institution code C75
Campus name Colchester Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of achievement of 120 credits at level 4 which can be successfully mapped against year one content. Mapping will be subject to approval by University of East Anglia. Please contact UCC Academic Services on for more information.

International applicants

Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level Achievement of 64 UCAS Tariff points from A-level study.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Achievement of a Pass mark from Access to HE Diploma.

Additional entry requirements




English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,250 Year 1
EU £8,250 Year 1
International £8,250 Year 1
England £8,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,250 Year 1
Scotland £8,250 Year 1
Wales £8,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a range of high quality studio facilities, Macs and music software, pianos, amps and practice rooms, however, students should purchase at least one external hard drive (approximately £40 for 1TB) to save and back up their coursework recordings and scores. Students are also expected to provide their main instrument and basic peripherals (sticks, cymbals, cables etc.) and any sheet music – however, there is an extensive music library for student usage. For certain performances there may be travel costs incurred e.g. to a London theatre and (if desired) overnight accommodation. There may be travel costs and entry costs for extra-curricular visits to concerts, gigs, performances and expos.

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