This course offers the chance to be inventive in using audio technologies to create music and sound. You’ll study how new and emerging technologies and digital platforms can be used to create performance, production, and sound design. You’ll also develop your own creative voice, technical knowledge, and gain relevant practical skills.
Some students are musicians with instrumental skills, while others focus more on using digital technology to create music. We encourage all students to be creative in using technology for professional music, sound and multimedia applications, and to investigate fresh musical ideas. Studying in Cardiff, you’ll benefit from live performance opportunities and enjoy recording and production in our in-house studios, as well as strong links to studios, record industry professionals and music companies.
Module content includes: production skills, electronic music for production and performance, music cultures and contexts, music and sound for apps and gaming, working to ‘client’/’live’ briefs, networking, sound design, live performance, product development using emerging technologies, and how to work successfully as a professional ‘portfolio’ musician/producer.
The Creative Music Technologies degree culminates in a major project, where you create a music/sound performance/artefact that prepares you directly for the professional work you intend to do after you graduate.
There are varied approaches to teaching, including practical studio-based workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures. Because we have such a strong hands-on approach, there is an emphasis on practical assessments and group work.
Other examples include:
The Creative Music Technologies degree features a significant workshop and teamwork element that is assignment-based and continuously assessed, so you will develop your skills constantly.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
You will be required to demonstrate your creative skills through an informal problem-solving task that requires no prior knowledge but will reflect your performance and musical ability. If you have any recorded examples of recent work, please bring the file(s) with you to interview.
BCC to include a relevant subject
Grade C and BC at A Level to include a relevant subject
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit to include a relevant subject
29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include a relevant subject
60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes in a relevant subject
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£500 - £2000||
It is suggested that students have access to their own musical instruments, where appropriate (cost dependent on instrument played). All academic years
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£100 - £150||
Students are expected to provide their own 'breakables'- Strings, sticks etc. All academic years
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£500 - £1000||
It is suggested that students have their own laptop computer and smart phone
|Field Trips||£250 - £350||
International Field Trip. Costs may vary according to location.
|Other: Travel||£100 - £150||
Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences at their own cost
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The creative music technologies degree specifically prepares students for the music industry, including production and sound engineering, and self-employment. The course also provides a detailed knowledge of other disciplines and key business skills, which will open up a range of other opportunities in the computer games industry, multimedia and television companies, management and journalism, as well as in creative and performing roles.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.