Creative Music Technology with Film Studies BMus (Hons) – 2017 entry

You can study a wide range of modules, focus on a specific area of music, learn about the more traditional and historical side of music or about the technological side.

What you'll study

Musical technology and creativity have always been an integral part of the cinematic experience, from the very first days of the silent movie with live piano accompaniment to hugely ambitious modern-day film soundtracks that are art forms in themselves.

But what is the relationship between the two since the rise of the music video and the emergence of more fluid forms of multimedia artistic expression?

This combination is a superb choice if you want to build solid practical and theoretical knowledge of modern musical technology and creativity, understand the fertile ground that exists where the cinema, music and technology overlap, and master a variety of vital critical and analytical techniques.

It's a classic choice if you wish to pursue a career in music for film and television.

Creative Music Technology as your Major

The Creative Music Technology Major helps you to develop well­rounded practical knowledge of musical creativity and technology. You will be performing, composing and analysing music, as well as getting to grips with the latest music technologies in your own creative practice.

We'll welcome you into our thriving music community, and support you as develop your ability to reflect critically on music and its history while building your sense of self­awareness and aesthetics.

As a member of the School of Arts there are also countless opportunities for collaborations across disciplines using the arts rehearsal, recording and performance facilities on our unusually well­ equipped campus.

Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to developing a range of specific and transferable skills for independent critical and creative practice.You will thus graduate with a highly valuable headstart for a career in music and the music-­related industries.

Integrative module for Creative Music Technology Majors

Music is one of the fundamental ways in which humans express themselves. It embraces, influences and shapes our culture, our technology and our identity. In providing a means to reflect upon any and every topic that an imagination can conceive, music possesses the ability to exchange ideas with practically every other academic discipline.

Together with your fellow Creative Music Technology Majors, you'll examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are explored through modern creative and artistic musical approaches, and vice versa.

What are the key features of Creative Music Technology as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the Minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into musical technology and creativity deriving from study of each Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of contemporary musical creativity from a more complete perspective.

Film Studies as your Minor

Cinema is used throughout the world as a means of documenting, depicting, and shaping societies.

Film Studies as a Minor will therefore complement any Major in giving you the ability to analyse issues critically and place them in their proper historical, international and cultural contexts. It is also one of the most enjoyable and stimulating academic disciplines to study.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules Creative Music TechnologyMinor modules Film Studies

Compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2
Major modules Creative Music TechnologyIntegrative modules Creative Music TechnologyMinor modules Film Studies

Optional module:

Year 3
Major modules Creative Music TechnologyMinor modules Film Studies

Choose three modules from the following options:

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placements

Your Professional Training is integrated into the degree programme, rather than being a separate period of study or work placement.

From the first week, we help you to achieve professional standards in creating and delivering projects, business direction in aspects of law, entrepreneurship, and business relevant to the music industry. 

You also build a portfolio of works or a showreel using material from this practice-based programme.


You acquire your skills through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Appropriate teaching materials are made available to you through the University’s online e-learning system, SurreyLearn. 

Practice rooms, edit suites, audio labs and self-study areas are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Whether your classes are practical or theoretical, you will develop your skills through a combination of academic, theoretical and creative practice led by teaching staff who are qualified to approach topics from all points of view.


Studying by module allows you to be assessed on elements as the programme develops, and you can expect most of the assessments to be spread throughout the academic year. More than two-thirds of the work you submit will be through coursework rather than examination.

Your degree classification does not take into account the marks for your first year and is weighted to take most account of the more detailed work in your third year.

You will receive written confirmation of marks as you move through the programme so that you can monitor your own progress.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 2 per cent medium group teaching
  • 11 per cent large group teaching
  • 87 per cent studying and revising in your own time


We have an enviable set of facilities for you to use, including performing spaces, professional recording studios, a good selection of practice rooms (exclusively for use by Department of Music and Sound Recording students), a Steinway concert grand piano and a collection of instruments, some of which may be loaned to students. 

You will have access to a well-stocked audiovisual room, with digital and online listening resources plus an extensive archive collection of scores/cassettes/LPs/CDs located in the nearby University Library.

Global opportunities

For an international experience, you have the opportunity to go abroad as part of your degree to spend one or two semesters as a student in one of the numerous universities with which we have agreements. These include:

  • University of Cincinnati (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of North Texas (USA)
  • North Carolina State University (USA)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

The benefits of participating in such an experience are numerous. They include the development of adaptation and communication skills, an increase in confidence and the ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, new traditions and a new language.

Graduate prospects

Graduates of this programme have gone on to become successful film and TV sound designers and composers, have found employment in music education, business and marketing, and have also achieved higher degrees and qualifications.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers ABB/Scottish Highers AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

A-level Music or Music Technology at grade A.

Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Applicants who are not taking A-level Music and who wish to take performance modules during the degree programme will normally also require Grade 7 practical (ABRSM) or equivalent.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are usually made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview where they will present a portfolio of their music work.

During the visit to the University you can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students. Applicants based overseas, who are unable to attend an interview, are assessed via skype/telephone interview and by submitting a portfolio of work.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BMus (Hons) 3 years W373 View KIS data set

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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