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Anglia Ruskin University

Electronic Music

UCAS Code: WJ39

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

75%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music technology

Experiment with music technologies, diverse genres, styles and musical approaches to create a unique portfolio with which to launch your career as an electronic producer-artist. Explore the diverse field of electronic music on this innovative course, from its beginnings to the present and on to emerging trends.

Create electronic music drawing from electronic popular music, electronic dance music and experimental electronica, combining genres and technologies in innovative productions

Approach the course through your particular musical interests in individual and collaborative projects, and investigate new methods that will enhance your musical creativity

Prepare for a career in an industry whose employment figures rose 19% from 2015-16 (uk.music.org)

Perform to the public at local venues including Cambridge Junction.

Make full use of our industry-standard facilities and add the latest music software to your CV

Drawing from over 100 years’ worth of insights in applying electricity to music production, our BA (Hons) Electronic Music will challenge your expectations of electronic music, allowing you to explore links and connections between different forms of electronic music practice, and will give you the scope to experiment in creating your sound and musical identity.

You’ll learn techniques that will prepare you for the world of electronic music production - a world that ranges across commercial and experimental music, from pop production through to electronic dance music, electronica, music for media and experimental music.

You’ll also explore the history of electronic music, from its early twentieth century pioneers through to krautrock, synthpop, industrial, techno and on to more recent trends in this diverse field of music making, identifying practices that you can incorporate into your own music.

Whether your interests lie in songwriting and music production emphasising electronic sound, creative experimental approaches, or exploring the genres and sub-genres of electronic dance music, this course will allow you to make the most of them. Over 3 years, you’ll study modules across four different strands, developing your knowledge and skills in production; performance; the contexts and histories of electronic music; and creative entrepreneurship for music.
You’ll also acquire electronic music production techniques using digital audio workstations (e.g. Logic X, Ableton Live and Pro Tools HD), and gain experience using a variety of analogue and digital technologies to produce your projects.

Our optional modules will allow you to broaden your experience by applying these skills to music for media projects (for example, in games, films and apps).
Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by a teaching team with wide-ranging expertise in electronic music, popular music and creative music technology. You can also join our Electronic Music Society, which hosts weekly workshops and organises live performances and club nights.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Electronic Music Production 1A: MIDI
Electronic Music History 1
Analysing Electronic Music
Recording Techniques
Electronic Music Production 1B: Audio
Electronic Music Styles and Genres
Entrepreneurship for Music 1 Digital
Electronic Music Performance

Year two, core modules

Electronic Music Production 2
Electronic Music History 2
Creativity and Technology 1
Cultures of Electronic Music
Creativity and Technology 2
Entrepreneurship for Music 2: Placement

Year two, optional modules

Music for the Moving Image
Music and Performing Arts in Education
Production project
Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy

Year three, core modules

Major Project
Professional Practice 1 (Music)
Professional Practice 2 (Music)
Entrepreneurship for Music 3: Collaborative Project Development
Collaborative Project (Music)

Year three, optional modules

Film Music Composition
Radiophonica
World Music and Globalisation

Assessment methods

Full details of assessment will be available after validation, but will include methods that allow you to show your progress using practices relevant to professional music production.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Music and Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Music technology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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