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University of Portsmouth

Creative Music Technology (Top-Up)

UCAS Code: W372

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Music technology

Music production

Music composition

Do you have an HND or Foundation degree in music technology, music production or similar? Would you like to top it up to a full Bachelor's degree?

On this creative music technology top-up degree, you'll develop your creative and technical skills to degree level using new music technologies. You’ll get experience with sound software and hardware used by industry professionals, and get the chance to achieve additional certifications in the use of leading music technologies.

At the end of the course, you’ll be ready to begin your career in various areas of music technology areas such as games and animation, music recording and production, and television and film.

**What you'll experience**
On this creative music technology top-up degree course you'll:

- Turn your Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Bachelor's degree

- Develop your personal creative practice with emerging sound technologies

- Choose optional modules that allow you to match what you study to your interests and career goals

- Be able to apply for an optional Avid Protools accredited training certificate in Pro Tools Software

- Get the chance to apply for Audiokinetic Wwise certification (we are one of only 2 universities in the UK to offer this)

- Be taught by staff members with industry experience in composition, sound design and music production

You'll use:
- Recording studios to engineer and produce music and sound design for games, film and TV

- Sensors and alternative controllers to create sound installations or perform live

- Hardware and software synths and plugins to create electronic music

- Digital audio workstations to create and mix music

- You’ll get your hands on some exciting gear in our studio suite, including:

A valve 32 channel TL audio mixing desk
An SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ
A 7.1 surround studio (Genelec) including a Slate Raven multi-touch console for multichannel work and spatial audio projects
A Buchla System 7 synthesizer (1 of only 2 in the UK and the only one in a European university)
4 Oakley Modular synthesizers
iMac Dual i7 computers running Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Max/MSP (including Max for Live), Native Instruments (including Reaktor), Pure Data and Game engine software

**Careers and opportunities**
Music technology is a continually developing field that's key to the creative industries, so there will be lots of opportunities open to you after the course.

**What can you do with a creative music technology degree?**
Previous music technology graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:
- studio recording

- composition

- music production

- acoustics

- sound design for television and film, animation and computer games

- digital media

- education

- What jobs can you do with a creative music technology degree?

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

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
International
£14,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

Creative arts and design

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
23%
Design occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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