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Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

De Montfort University
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

About this program

Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

On the Creative Music Technology BA you will focus on composition and production. With us, you will explore an extensive range of approaches to creating and performing, including studio-based composition, multi-track recording and production, and sound synthesis.

Discover the application of music across disciplines, from music and sound for film to site-specific and installation work, creative computer coding, and advanced surround sound and diffusion.

Allow your vision and voice to be inspired by the academic study of digital and post-digital history and aesthetics. Based on your own interests, you will have the freedom to choose compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research in greater depth. You will have access to our dedicated facilities where you can explore areas such as spatialisation, musical computing and sound recording.

This course is taught by internationally recognised, experienced musicians who are active performers, composers and researchers at the forefront of electronic and electroacoustic music, electronica and sonic art.

Our graduates have gone on to work as composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists, session musicians, recording engineers, producers and audio technicians, in major organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and smaller genre-based labels Ninja Tune and K7.

Admission requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Music or Music Technology at grade C or above or
  • Music or Music Technology BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Music or Music Technology course with at least 15 credits in Music or Music Technology at merit. English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points with Music or Music Technology at higher level grade 5

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it

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Program content

Year one modules

  • Introduction to Studio Techniques (core)
  • Sound Analysis and Perception (core)
  • Introduction to Music and Sonic Art (core)
  • Foundations of Music (core)
  • Creating with Technology (core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing (core)
  • Academic Fundamentals (core)
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art 1 (core)

Year two modules

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Arts 2 (core)
  • Composing with Technology (core)
  • Studio Production Techniques (optional)
  • Sounds and Images (optional)
  • Creative Coding (optional)
  • Electronic Instrument Building (optional)
  • Sound Diffusion (optional)
  • Live Sound and Location Recording (optional)
  • Studio Signal Processing (optional)
  • Sound for Screen (optional)
  • Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (optional)
  • Spatial Composition (optional)
  • Ensemble Recording (optional)
  • Negotiated Project (optional)

Year three modules

  • MAT Research Project (core)
  • Music, Media and Community Arts (optional)
  • MAT Personal Practice (optional)
  • Sound Design (optional)
  • Composing for Dance (optional)
  • Sound Installations and Environments (optional)
  • Music Industry Management 1 (optional)
  • Music Industry Management 2 (optional)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and rehearsals and you will have extensive individual contact. Assessment is primarily through musical, practical and written coursework.


2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £14,250 per year
  • EU students: Check the website for more information

Career paths

Digital music and audio are central components to contemporary media. Recent graduates are now composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists and session musicians, recording engineers, producers, and audio technicians.

You may choose to pursue careers in music management, theatre, radio content and production, television, music retail, music and internet publishing, software development, and music education.

Our graduates have taken up roles with large companies such as the BBC, ITV, Sony Music, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto, prestigious recording studios, including Abbey Road, Great Linford Manor, Townhouse Studios and Metropolis Studios, as well as smaller genre-based labels such as Ninja Tune and K7.

We also support students with entrepreneurial ambitions, with success stories in both freelance and company start-ups. Students have created businesses in music creation and production, recording, sound design, music for media, music technology equipment supply and technical support, acoustics consultancy and studio design, along with online forms of distribution and sales.

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
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