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Music Composition & Technology degree launches at UCA

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition and Technology degree*, aimed at students looking to forge careers in creating and producing music for film, theatre, animation, computer games and more. Available for September 2016 entry, the course will be taught at our Farnham campus, expanding our Music portfolio and complementing our existing degrees in Music Marketing and Promotion, and Music Journalism.

With close links to the excellent technical facilities offered by our highly regarded Animation, Film Production and Computer Games courses, Music Composition and Technology can be taken as either a BA or a BSc, offering choice and flexibility to prospective students.

The BA route will explore creative approaches to music composition, particularly working with sound for film, theatre, animation, advertising and computer games, and also exploring how a creative environment can be enhanced through music and sound. The BSc route will explore the technical side of sound and sound design - students will develop an understanding of the underlying principles of acoustics, as well as developing expertise in sound for film, theatre, animation, games design, audio installations and interactive sound design.

An integral part of students’ studies for both the BA and the BSc will be learning about how the music business works and how to make it work for them.

“At its heart, the BA/BSc Music Composition and Technology course is founded on an ethos of criticality,” says Sarah Jeans, Head of UCA’s School of Film, Media and Performing Arts. “Students will develop the ability to question the status quo of the creative industries and the confidence to shape the future of media production and technology.

“The curriculum is also strongly underpinned by strategies for employability and professional practice. With a combination of taught activities, live projects, work experience, professional development, networking and engagement with industry professionals, our students will have ample opportunity to develop the confidence, skills and mindset to succeed in both the music and the much broader creative industries.”

Our new course is launching against a backdrop of significant music industry growth and success. According to figures just published by the trade organisation UK Music, the British music industry contributed £4.1bn to the UK economy in 2014. The market sector grew by 5%, outstripping growth in the overall British economy, which grew 2.6% in the same period.

This increase can be traced to revenues by musicians, composers and lyricists which rose 11% to £1.9bn, and to live music sales, which jumped 17% to £924m. In total, 117,000 people are employed by the UK music industry, and Britain is now the second-largest provider of recorded music in the world, accounting for 13.7% of global sales.

To register an interest in studying either BA or BSc (Hons) Music Composition and Technology at UCA, please visit our new course page – more information and details of how to apply will be available very soon.

Academics from the course will also be available to talk to at our upcoming Open Days in Farnham – to reserve your place now, visit our Open Days booking page

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