Creative Music Technology (Top-up) BA Hons
BA Hons Creative Music Technology Top-up
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.
BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology (Top-up) entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 240 HE credits in a related qualification e.g. HND or Foundation Degree in Music Technology, Music Production, or similar. Applicants may be required to provide supplementary information.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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
- 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 a European university and the only one in the UK)
- 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
- music production
- sound design for television and film, animation and computer games
- digital media
What jobs can you do with a creative music technology degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- audio developer
- music technology lecturer
- musical technician
- studio manager
- studio engineer
- music teacher
- game audio professional (composition and sound design)
- sound designer for visual media
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.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology top-up degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules are:
- Final Year Project Preparation
- Final Year Project Resolution
Optional modules are:
- Experimental Music Programming
- Free Composition
- Implementing Game Audio
- Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies
- Music and Sound Synthesis
- Professional Music Production
- Sound Application
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching on this course includes:
During your scheduled teaching sessions, you'll focus on creative practices such as composition, synthesis, music computing and production.
You can also book one-to-one sessions if you feel you need specialist technical support for the music software you'll be using.
How you're assessed
The formal assessments you take on this music technology top-up vary according to the modules you choose. They include:
- a portfolio of original compositional works
- design and development of an audio/software project
- oral assessments and presentations
- written assignments including essays
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, further develop your skills and build your portfolio.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 37 hours a week studying for your music technology top-up degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures and workshops for about 7–9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your top-up degree might be slightly less than what you're used to in your previous studies, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.
Student support advisor
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.
Academic skills tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Creative skills tutors
If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.
IT and computing support
Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £16,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 8 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – W372
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
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How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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