Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) – 2018 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

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Music, with our programmes ranked fourth by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

One route to an exciting career in the arts and creative industries is a degree that develops the technical skills, cultural knowledge and creative flair necessary for making innovative music in the 21st century.‬‬‬

Study creative music technology and you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career in the film, TV live-event and computer-games industries.‬‬‬‬‬

Why study Creative Music Technology at Surrey?‭

We immerse our BMus Creative Music Technology students in a unique working environment that mirrors the professional world. You’ll be using world-class studio facilities and collaborating with some of the best studio engineers and musicians studying in the UK.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭You will receive outstanding teaching from researchers and practitioners who – being recognised international experts in their fields – can use their industry links to bring visiting speakers and networking opportunities to you.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭We have an outstanding reputation for graduate employment, with Professional Training integrated into the degree and real-world projects that enhance your student experience. 

Our vision is to create ‘thinking musicians’, so this applied practice-led degree will also develop your repertoire knowledge, analytic and critical thinking, and key transferable skills, such as how to conduct research, give presentations and work in collaborative and interdisciplinary ways. We are pluralistic in outlook, embracing and supporting music-making in all its forms and contexts.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Programme overview

You will study contemporary and professional music industry practice, preparing you for a broad range of careers in the contemporary and computer-based music industry.

Working closely with students of the world-famous Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) programme and our Music degree provides a unique environment to have your work played and recorded to a professional standard.

Upon graduation, you will have a strong portfolio of works that will help you in your career, and the skills necessary to create new works for a broad range of media.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

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.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Music or Music Technology at Grade A. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: Music 8.5. If Music not taken in the EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7. If Music not taken in the EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required Subjects: Music HL6/SL7. If Music not taken in the IB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: Music or Music Technology at grade A.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C. In addition, Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overalll with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required Subjects: Music or Music Technology at grade A.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).  Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are usually made in terms of grades. All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of computer-based compositional work and may also be invited for interview.

During the visit to the University, the candidate 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 interview and by submitting a portfolio of work.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BMus (Hons) 3 years W3G5 View KIS data set

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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