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This course is designed to build on HND or Foundation Degree qualifications in music. It combines degree-level theoretical studies with further training in musical performance, musicology, creative sound and participatory practice. The result is a mix of academic rigour and practical skills that makes our Music course a stimulating journey of discovery, reflection and achievement.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning methods encourage you to engage with theory and practice. Feedback on performance and projects is supported by lectures, seminars and workshop discussions. Assessment methods include public performances, presentations, essays and critical evaluations.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Consider the ways in which music acquires and embodies meaning—how the elements of songs, performances and genres are encountered, represented and interpreted in the contemporary cultural environment. Seek to draw out music’s capacity to represent and connote, exploring in particular how musical attributes are variously implicated in constructions of (for instance) ideology, violence, identity, gender, sexuality and ethnicity.
Gain a specialised knowledge of musical styles, conventions and traditions, and the significance of this for your own music practice. Continue to develop musical awareness through working processes that extend skills within vocal/instrumental performance. Produce innovative individual/group-initiated work. Demonstrate a critical understanding of issues surrounding performer/audience relationships, the cultural contexts for music performance and the relevance of this for the independent and/or collaborative generation of distinctive ideas for creating and making music for performance. Use appropriate techniques, processes and working methods in making and creating music for performance. Work towards a live music performance and decide in consultation with the module leader the form that this will take.
Take advantage of opportunities to further your study of music performance. Continue to develop musical awareness through working processes that extend skills within vocal and/or instrumental performance. Work towards a live music performance and decide in consultation with the module leader the form that this will take.
Develop the technical and theoretical tools for creating audio works/artefacts. Gain an overview of creative sound practice(s) across a variety of sub-disciplines (focusing on Musique Concrète, sound design and cracked media) that will inform and contextualise the development of creative work and criticism. Cover content that will include an overview of key practitioners and works, relevant terminologies and writings that bear upon issues relating to audio as a creative medium and the deployment of associated technologies. Develop assignment materials that elaborate upon one theme, perspective or approach derived from the above content.
Develop the technical and theoretical tools for creating audio works/artefacts. Gain an overview of creative sound practice(s) across a variety of sub-disciplines – including technology-based music composition, sound art, Musique Concrète, sound design, cracked media and acoustic ecology – that will inform and contextualise the development of individual and/or group creative work and criticism. Cover content that will include an overview of key practitioners and works, relevant terminologies and writings that bear upon issues relating to audio as a creative medium and the deployment of associated technologies. Develop assignment materials that elaborate upon two themes, perspectives or approaches derived from the above content.
Gain an in depth understanding of particular historical, theoretical or contextual topic in the field of Dance, Drama, Music or Performing Arts through a written dissertation. Critically analyse, synthesise and communicate a range of in-depth research on a negotiated topic. Effectively present/communicate written or practical ideas and solutions appropriate to the course.
Explore the implications of “musical multimedia” for creative practice in music through examples drawn from a wide range of audio-visual material and case study examples. Practical examples in originating, composing, devising, and presenting new work will lead to outcomes in a variety of forms—e.g. live performance, music video, installation, recordings and/or other modes or combinations of output.
Gain a broad overview of developments in the creative industries, examine trends and developments in relation to the work of selected practitioners and theorists, and investigate current research, thinking and practice. Develop and apply specialist and transferable skills and knowledge working in a range of professional creative employment contexts. Plan and implement a small-scale project and experience a work placement aligning to a possible career outcome. Develop a professional online portfolio/digital CV which showcases some of your best work.
Study and rehearse a musical for public performance. Take on a high degree of responsibility for the planning, direction, and management of your own development as a performing artist and as the member of a creative production team. Work as a company to prepare and perform a musical within a professional context for an audience.
Please note, modules are subject to review. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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The typical entry requirement is the successful completion of one of the following:
We will consider applications from applicants who do not hold one of the qualifications in the list above but who do have relevant experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course prepares you for roles in music-related areas of the creative industries, participatory arts and arts management as well as for entrepreneurship in the creative sector. You could also undertake further training to become a music teacher.
The ‘Live Project’ module allows you to build up experience that attracts potential employers. It could consist of touring new work, collaborating with youth organisations or working with professional musicians.
The University has strong links with arts organisations throughout the North East. These links are valuable in ensuring the relevance of our courses and in opening up opportunities for projects and placements.
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