|Course Length:||3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2020|
|Department:||Department of Performing Arts|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example Offers:||BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)|
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- Develop competency in the use of physical and virtual music making instruments;
- Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of the technology and techniques necessary for the creation and distribution of music;
- Use industry-standard hardware and software and record your own compositions.
This practice-based degree cultivates artist development and helps build confidence in both recording music and performing it live in front of an audience. You will enhance your perception of the spectral, spatial and dynamic characteristics of music and sound via the use of technology, exploring themes such as music technology, music practice and live performance, recording and production, sound design, album artwork and social media. You will be able to apply your music and sound skills to areas such as film, TV and theatre, learning to use state-of-the-art facilities and engaging with technology to bring your music to fruition. The degree is ideal for those who play a musical instrument, or sing, and want to pursue a career that exploits this. It is also suitable for those who want to record and produce the music of others.
What will I study?
Year 1 will introduce you to the techniques and technology essential for music creation. Your skills in musicianship will benefit from learning the practice of ear training and composing and performing songs through collaborative sessions. You will also explore artist and repertoire and be introduced to the theory and practice associated with sound in films. Optional modules include opportunities to enhance your skills in conventional music notation and to examine the relationship between music and society.
Year 2 modules focus on the recording, mixing, producing and mastering of music in a modern studio environment. You will critically examine the relationship between music and moving images in cultural contexts and receive a grounding in research methods relevant to media, music and sound. Optional modules introduce you to enhanced techniques of sound design and musicianship. They also provide opportunities to study album artwork and sleeve design in the context of the marketing and packaging of music, critique live performance, trace the history of the global music industry, or gain experience of performing live in different environments and in front of different audiences.
In Year 3 you will develop the compositional techniques associated with the role of the arranger in the production of popular music and be immersed in the post-production techniques of film audio. You will also have the opportunity to engage with social media marketing techniques underpinning the music download culture, develop advanced computational techniques for real-time digital performance, explore popular music as a way of life, refine your musicianship through advanced techniques, and undertake an in-depth personal research project.
How will I study?
As you study you will encounter a range of teaching methods and learning experiences designed to guide you in becoming a self-directed, autonomous learner, conscious of professional practice principles and ethics. In addition to tutor-focused instruction in lectures, seminars and workshops, there will also be opportunities for you to participate in work-related tasks and projects, group activities, individual tutorials, self-directed study and self-evaluation.
How will I be assessed?
The programme is assessed entirely by coursework. This includes practical desktop (DAW/MIDI) and studio-based recording assignments, report writing, blogs, videos and oral presentations. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation or practical project in the final year of the programme.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.
Who will be teaching me?
The programme is delivered by a team of academics, professional practitioners and technical staff with creative expertise spanning a wide range of disciplines. These areas of expertise include performance and production, music theory, media and culture, film and TV production, sound for picture and sound design, experimental music, songwriting, research and practice-led research. Many of the staff who teach on the programme are practising musicians themselves.
A Great Study Environment
Performing Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.
Music production and audio post-production studios come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones (AKG, Coles, Neumann, sE, Electro Voice, etc).
Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audio software (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X, Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, AVID ProTools 11, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, Sibelius), and several dedicated rehearsal rooms, which provide electronic keyboards (Yamaha, Kawai), and a range of acoustic and electric guitars (Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Taylor, etc), effects modules and practice amps. A selection of acoustic pianos, grand and upright, are housed in the Department of Performing Arts.
The University library stocks a comprehensive range of music books and scores, e-books and specialist music journals, including Grove Music Online, Rock’s Back Pages, and the Naxos music stream.
Music students at Edge Hill attend the annual music festival, Liverpool Sound City, of which the University is a partner. This event fuses a music festival with a music conference, providing you with the opportunity to network with a range of industry speakers and professional musicians, as well as experiencing live music across the city. Edge Hill students have also won prestigious awards at the festival, including the UK Student Music Award (2013) and the UK Student Innovation Award (2014).
Consolidating Edge Hill’s commitment to music, the University has also launched The Label Recordings, an independent label without contracts. This has been established by the University to promote existing new music and to equip you with some real-world, hands-on experience in a competitive industry.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.
Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)
MED1202Sound for Picture (20 credits)
Sound for Picture introduces you to the theory and practice associated with film sound and particularly post-production sound design. The module examines both the relevant theory and the technology necessary for successful capture of audio suitable for film. You will record all of the sound for a short digital movie, using only one microphone and a digital recorder. You will then have the opportunity to explore the perceptual properties of sound and manipulate it for dramatic effect with industry standard software. Keeping a production diary will encourage you to reflect upon the skills you gain.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
MTH1105Words and Music (20 credits)
Words and Music focuses upon a fundamental aspect of the genre of musical theatre that will equip you with an understanding of issues that impact upon the creation and performance of musical theatre works. You will critically examine approaches to the combination of text and music. Initially taking examples from across a range of genres, classical and popular, the module will progress to focus upon music in theatre, from opera to musical theatre. This will be undertaken as a series of case studies, with the intention to develop your critical awareness and understanding of a range of techniques and practices. These will include solo song/aria, duos and ensembles and larger structures (e.g. the finale). The study will further examine the role and function of the librettist, and the relationship between composer and librettist (if they are not the same person). You will also be presented with opportunities to develop your own creative practice in the combination of words and music.
Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.
MUS1008Performance Study (20 credits)
Performance Study is the first stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-long weekly sessions (ten per semester).
Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.
MUS1164Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society (20 credits)
Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society primes you to formulate a vocabulary and repertoire of concepts so as to communicate with clarity on the subjects of music and sound. The module introduces you to the sociology and psychology of music and encourages you to reflect on your own musical activities in the context of other practices and theories. It covers a wide range of musical customs, Western and non-Western, classical and popular, past and present, although it focuses on musical and social developments since the Industrial Revolution. The aim is for you to understand not just how these customs connect with music, but why they do so, and how that engagement compares to that of others in the world.
Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.
MUS1168Music Literacy (20 credits)
Music Literacy is designed to assist those who cannot read conventional music notation or who have not yet reached the standard represented by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory examination. The module will introduce you to time-based and pitch-based notation, basic principles of writing melody, harmony and counterpoint, varieties of rhythmic notation, simple phrasing, and descriptive terms in various languages. At the end of the module, you will have the required knowledge and skills to be able to successfully achieve the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory standard.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
MUS1170Ensemble Performance (20 credits)
Ensemble Performance assists you in developing skills and confidence in musical performance. Practical workshops will enable you to develop your skills in composition, arranging, performance strategies and improvisation. Through a series of collaborative small-group projects, you will develop arrangements of existing or original material to be performed in a public setting at the end of the module. You will produce all aspects of the final performance, such as staging, stage management and live sound, thereby gaining knowledge and understanding of this key area of musical practice.
Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.
MUS1171Studio Practice (20 credits)
Studio Practice focuses on the recording of music. The module will develop your skills in a modern studio environment, exposing you to current hardware and software which will provide you with real-world experience appropriate to the industry. The practical elements of the module are underpinned by relevant theory, established principles and working practices, enabling you to exploit the dynamic elements of music for creative purposes. Exploration and experimentation with microphones and digital audio workstations will culminate in the creation of a piece of music.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
MUS1172Creative Music Technology (20 credits)
Creative Music Technology introduces you to a range of repertoires and techniques derived from sample-based approaches to composition and sound design. You will identify and analyse concrete (sample-based) approaches to composition within contemporary electronic music. Engaging in a creative exploration of the studio as an instrument, including the technologies and techniques related to recording, sampling, sound design, sequencing and arranging, will enable you to develop knowledge of a variety of skills that can be applied within musical compositions. You will create your own sounds from scratch in a recording studio which will then be creatively applied in compositions or sound design projects. This process enables you to develop essential technical skills, critical listening skills and attention to detail.
Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.
Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.
Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)
MUS2060Performance Development (20 credits)
Performance Development is the intermediate stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-long sessions, supported by related classes focused on collaborative projects and improvisatory strategies.
Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.
MUS2066Playing Live (20 credits)
Playing Live allows you to gain experience of performing live in different environments and in front of different audiences. You will have the opportunity to gain credit for playing live on the street, or at a venue, such as a local open-mic event or other specialist music venue. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the Creative Edge TV studio and to play and have your music streamed over the Edge Hill Student Union’s radio station. This module is ideally suited to performing musicians and will provide you the opportunity to engage with the planning and organisational elements necessary for successful live performance.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
MUS2170Soundtracks (20 credits)
Soundtracks critically examines the relationship between music and moving images in cultural contexts such as film, television, video games, advertising, animation and interactive performance. You will interrogate the communicative potential of musical scores and soundtracks, whether sourced or underscored, in order to explore the discourses of visual culture and how they are amplified by ascribed non-visual (sonic) traits. Of equal note has been the applied use of ambient soundscapes, foregrounded music and songs. In the main, the module takes the view of the composer and sound designer, focusing on the contextual history and development of their role. Ultimately, you will create a music score or soundscape to a given film extract.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.
Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)
If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.
Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
To join this programme, you should play a musical instrument (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, percussion, brass etc) either in a band or as a solo artist, or show evidence of your enthusiasm and ability to produce the music of others.
A formal grade or professional qualification in playing a musical instrument is not required, however you will be expected to provide evidence of your musical ability. This may take the form of songs written, video recordings of previous performances, demos etc. SoundCloud and/or YouTube are ideal locations for such work to be presented.
All offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.
Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.
- A Level: BBC-BBB;
- BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.
EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.
International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.
English Language Requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?
If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.
Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a broad spectrum of the themes and practices of the music industry, providing you with expert knowledge and technical ability, a flair for music composition and songwriting, confidence in performance, and entrepreneurial skills. We will ensure you graduate with the capability for creative thinking and the ability to apply knowledge to achieve practical outcomes in professional contexts associated with the music industry.
Our Employers’ Advisory Panel (EAP) provide advice and support with curriculum development and the department’s EHU-Arts HUB offers a suite of professional opportunities that will help you to become industry-ready.
Potential career options could include working as a producer in A&R or artist management, working in a recording studio, on film sound, or as a composer, songwriter or musician. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach.
How can I enhance my employability?
It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.
Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:
- Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
- Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
- Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.
Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.
If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.
If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.
- Money Matters 2020/21 Full-Time: www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020
- Money Matters 2020/21 Part-Time: www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020pt
Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.
How to Apply
If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.
Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.
Get in Touch
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Course ChangesExpand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.
24th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements
112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.
12th March 2018 - Change of Modules
MUS1008 Performance Study (20 credits) and MUS1168 Music Literacy (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 1.
MUS2060 Performance Development (20 credits) and MUS2166 Music Industry: Recording and Live Music in Business (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.
MUS3001 Music Ethnographies (20 credits) and MUS3062 Advanced Performance (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. MUS3060 Digital Performance (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3. MUS3065 Arranging Popular Music (20 credits) changes from optional to compulsory in Year 3.
8th February 2018 - Change of Modules
MUS1169 Creative Music Technology (20 credits) and MUS1170 Ensemble Performance (20 credits) replace MUS1006 Studio Composition (20 credits) and MUS1007 Music Composition and Sound Design (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.
MUS2171 Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits) replaces MUS2055 Digital Composition (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 2.
MUS3168 Music and Creative Coding (20 credits) replaces MUS3060 Digital Performance (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.