Develop your passion and creativity into a sustainable music career. Our Creative Music Technology programme is widely recognized for its excellent teaching and sector-leading facilities, set in a supportive and collaborative environment.
During your time here you'll be surrounded by filmmakers, games designers, dancers, animators and other musicians, forging working relationships that will propel you into your professional life. As in the industry, at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA), working closely with other disciplines is a key activity.
- State-of-the-art music production facilities
- A modular course that focuses on your creative practice
- Passionate, expert staff
- Frequent, high profile visiting lecturers, eg Adrian Utley (Portishead), Darcus Beese (Island Records)
- Opportunities for industry placements, to study abroad and to start your own company
How is the course taught
Alongside practical sessions, you'll receive technical and artistic guidance and feedback from staff and specialists. There'll be lectures, seminars and tutorials to support you in developing your individual sound and extending your portfolio, as well as excellent links with the music industry to steer and inform your professional practice.
This course will support you to develop your creative practice in music technology. Whether you are a producer, engineer, performer, composer or sound designer, this course offers a thorough grounding in the skills you need to support your work. Through close engagement with industry and continuous staff support, we will work with you to tailor your modular course towards your specific needs.
What you'll do
In your first year, you'll gain a grounding in the fundamentals of creative music technology. from music composition and performance to music production and sound engineering.
You'll receive technical and artistic guidance from staff and specialists through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical music making. This will support you in developing your musical skills, knowledge and your own creative voice. You'll also gain a firm understanding of the business, developing analytical and problem solving expertise, as well as the project management and interpersonal skills essential for professional success.
During this year you'll receive high-level training in music technology software and hardware for recording, editing, production, sound design and live performance. At the same time, you'll be challenged to experiment and use these tools creatively to start developing your own artistic work.
Year two balances core modules with a menu of specialist options through which you can build your sonic identity.
Core modules develop the fundamental knowledge and skills you'll need, whilst the specialist options allow you to focus on your particular interests. These options range from writing music for the moving image to studio composition: and from advanced recording, mixing and mastering to exploring the cutting edge of audio for emerging digital media. Year two offers numerous opportunities for collaboration and even the option of studying abroad in one of our partner institutions around the world.
In your final year, you'll have the freedom to develop your own projects. Recent projects have included working at major recording studios from New York to Thailand, researching and developing new technologies at an institute for music technology in Amsterdam, collaborating with musicians from the Icelandic Academy of Arts, and teaching music to children in Ghana. Other projects have included placements in post-production studios and record labels, starting up a music business, national and international touring and other valuable work experience.
After this project, you'll return to continue working on self-devised projects. including your professional portfolio, dissertation and a careers module, which will propel your entry into your chosen profession. All work in the third year will be supported through a generous allocation of one-to-one and project-specific supervision by staff.
- State-of-the-art sound studios featuring SSL AWS and TL Audio Valve desks
- Support for all the Industry Standard audio software including ProTools, Logic, Live etc
- 10 channel Genelec Surroundspace and 5.1surround monitoring in all control rooms
- Hire store with thousands of items available to borrow free of charge for off-campus use
- Access to over 140.000 books, a comprehensive electronic journal resource and a DVD library featuring over 17.000 titles
Our core staff team comprises composers. performers, producers. sound artists and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical languages. You'll also have access to our large team of associate staff, including leading instrumental tutors, composers, songwriters and industry contacts such as Yamaha, Island Records, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
We keep our teaching and assessments flexible so that you can become the musician you want to be. Assessment is 100% coursework, tailor-made to allow you to work at any one time as a composer, performer, producer, sound engineer, music technologist or sound designer. Precise requirements vary across modules, but will likely include portfolios of practical work, written work or fieldwork.
- Composer or performer
- Sound engineer for studio or live sound
- Sound designer for film, TV, games or exhibitions
- Post-production audio editing
- Hardware or software music technologist
- Work as a sound designer (for screen, mobile, gaming or installation)
- Teaching and postgraduate study