Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Creative Sound and Media Technology

This course is intended primarily for those with experience of music technology who wish to explore the field in more depth, or broaden their experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work; it would also benefit those with a general musical background who wish to gain more experience working with technology, and those with experience in media-based technologies who wish to focus on sound; the course spans a wide variety of styles and approaches, and is of interest to those involved in such areas as electro-acoustic/acousmatic music, soundscape, acoustic ecology, computer music, sound/sonic art, electronica, visual music and audiovisual work; the emphasis of the course is largely practical, giving students the opportunity to produce a substantial body of creative work over the duration of the course; students engage with a wide variety of technical and creative skills; these range from classic techniques derived from areas such as musique concrete and visual music to more contemporary practice, and include advanced skills such as software development using Max/MSP/Jitter and multimedia skills; the course also includes a grounding in postgraduate-level research methodology, and opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, performers and media practitioners.

Entry requirements

The course offers places on the basis of assessment of the applicant's quality, potential and commitment, and the ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, applicants have a 1st degree. Applications are invited from candidates with a number of academic disciplines and from a number of national backgrounds. Applicants should submit a portfolio with their application, comprising no more than 3 pieces of representative work. The form of this portfolio depends on the music the students make: we are happy to receive CDs, DVDs, scores, documentation of performances or installations, or online material as appropriate.

Course modules

Core modules: skills portfolio; context and methodology; collaborative and interdisciplinary practice; major project. Options: electroacoustic composition techniques; visual music.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes the form of individual assignments for each module. These generally consist of a portfolio of practical work with supporting written documentation. Context and methodology and the major project also involve small-scale dissertations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MMus Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MMus Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
MMus Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
MMus Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Whole course (England) 2 years
MMus Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MMus Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
PgCert Full-time October 2016 - 6 months
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (EU) 9 months
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months
PgDip Full-time October 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (EU) 18 months
PgDip Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (England) 18 months
PgDip Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 18 months
PgDip Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Scotland) 18 months
PgDip Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,135 per Year 1 (Wales) 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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