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Undergraduate study Entry 2013

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Key facts Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A level grades and/or UCAS points, but we encourage applications from people with a wide range of other qualifications and/or experience. Some further details of the various entry routes are included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Service (see below) with any specific queries about admissions.

Disclaimer This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Service University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466100 F 01482 442290 E

Music at Hull Single Honours BA Creative Music Technology

Length 3 years

UCAS code J931 BA/CMT

BA Jazz and Popular Music

3 years


BA Music

3 years

W300 BA/Mus

BA Music (including Foundation English Language) 4 years W3Q3 BA/MFEL BMus Music

3 years

W302 BMus

BA Music and Theatre

3 years


BA Music (with Foundation Year)*

4 years

W301 BA/Mu4

Joint Honours Drama and Music

3 years


English and Music

3 years


Music and Film Studies

3 years


Music and French

4 years


Music and German

4 years

WR32 BA/MGer

Music and Italian

4 years


Music and Spanish

4 years


Typical offers We normally require three A levels (or equivalents such as BTEC), including Music or Music Technology, and we also consider a wide range of vocational and international qualifications. We usually look for Grade 7 standard or above (Associated Board or equivalent) on your first study instrument/voice. A typical offer might be 280–320 points (equivalent to BBC– ABB at A Level or DDM from BTEC) for BMus and BA Single and Joint Honours programmes. See page 20. *Please contact Admissions Tutor for guidance.

Estimated places, entry 2013


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If you have a UCAS personal ID number, please quote it in all correspondence.

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Further information

Dates of semesters

Dr Mark Slater Department of Drama and Music University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465604

Semester 1 30 Sep 2013 – 24 Jan 2014 Semester 2 3 Feb – 13 June 2014

For urgent enquiries, contact the Admissions Office on 01482 466100.

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Choices Music teaching at the University of Hull is responsive to our students' interests, to ongoing shifts in music culture and to practical and intellectual developments in the discipline. Our programmes put solid foundations in place early in your course – while the breadth of module choice allows you to build your own degree: the freedom to tailor what aspects of music to study means that you can pursue your individual interests while developing a wide range of skills.

Contents Choices | 1 Music at Hull | 4 Creative music technology | 14 Admissions | 16

We place a strong emphasis on a hands-on exploration of music, with a wealth of practical opportunities to explore music from creative and technical perspectives. It’s an approach that makes our degrees distinctive and exciting, and one which is immensely popular with our students: The Guardian’s Good University Guide 2013 and the Complete University Guide 2013 both ranked us among the country’s top six music departments for overall student satisfaction.

Music at Hull At Hull, you can specialise in whatever area of music most interests you – performance, musicology, music production or composition. Our degrees offer plenty of flexibility to make sure you get the most out of your time with us. They cover many aspects of Western classical music but also include areas such as jazz and popular music, film music, orchestration and arranging, music criticism and music psychology. Our Jazz and Popular Music degree allows for specialist study in performance, composition and music history, while also allowing you to explore the areas mentioned above. And our Creative Music Technology programme covers technical, creative and critical studies while encouraging exciting collaborations with other arts practitioners. Our intake of students each year means that we are large enough to provide an impressive range of activities yet small enough to maintain an informal and friendly atmosphere. International students The Language Learning Centre at the Hull Campus provides a range of courses in English as a Foreign Language, specially tailored to the needs of international students. It offers intensive English language courses for one, two or three months before the start of the academic year, focusing on English for Study and Research and English Language, Society and Culture. It also provides an in-sessional programme of language support, including English for academic study and business purposes, and a year-long intensive programme.

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The University is the hub of music making in the region, organising dozens of public performances every year as well as workshops and masterclasses with the best in the business.

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Theme and variations Our courses cover many aspects of Western classical music; but we also encourage you to explore other areas such as film music and music technology. And if you want a break with tradition, we offer innovative degrees in jazz and popular music. Whatever path you choose, you’ll benefit from Hull’s distinctive emphasis on practical music making.

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Music at Hull We offer six programmes:

Joint Honours

• BA Creative Music Technology • BA Jazz and Popular Music • BA Joint Honours (with drama, English, film studies or a modern language) • BA Music, with or without a year of Foundation English Language, for students who would like to specialise in music but would like the option of taking a small number of modules offered by other departments • BA Music and Theatre • BMus (Single Honours) for students who want to specialise in music

Drama and Music Aside from numerous dedicated modules, this degree allows you to write and perform your own music for the stage, to learn about sound technology/editing for the theatre and to explore approaches to performance in drama and music.

BA Jazz and Popular Music This alternative to the standard BA in Music offers modules in jazz and popular music history, music technology, arranging and critical studies in music. You also study jazz and/or popular performance and composition (including songwriting), and there are many opportunities for collaboration with musicians specialising in different areas of music. BA Music and Theatre This innovative degree allows you to explore performance, composition, and critical study engaging with a range of music theatre practices. It is designed for students who have strong interests both in music and in theatre or drama, and includes study of such areas as stage design and scriptwriting. This is a highly practical degree designed to get you working in a hands-on way right from the start. BA Creative Music Technology Please see page 14 for details of this degree.


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English and Music This degree course is a great choice for those who wish to place significant emphasis on writing about literature and music but would also like to develop skills in creative writing, composing and/or performing. Music and Film Studies As part of this degree, you will learn about the history and analysis of film music, the composition and performance of such music, and sound editing – all from both theoretical and technological perspectives. Hull provides a superb environment in which to undertake these studies, being home to Hull Film (an annual international short film festival) and having its own Universitybased Film Society. The course offers an excellent foundation for a career in the film or music industries. Music and a modern language Fancy a year abroad? These four-year courses encourage you to apply language skills in a range of different contexts, and are popular with singers for obvious practical reasons. Our Language Learning Centre is one of the largest and best-equipped in Britain. For more information about the options open to Joint Honours students, please contact the department. For details about music modules, consult the ‘Single Honours’ section on page 5.

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Single Honours Music Year 1 In Year 1 of a Single Honours course, you take six modules including

Year 3 In Year 3, you study six modules from a list of options including

On the BA course, you have the option of replacing one of these with a free elective in a different subject.

• Advanced Performance (I and II) • Advanced Ensemble Performance • Psychology of Music Performance • Composing for Stage and Screen (I and II) • Studio Techniques and Production • Arts Enterprise • Special Study • Modern Music Studies to 1945 • Modern Music Studies since 1945 • Music and Critical Thinking • free elective (BA students only)

For Joint Honours degrees, you take only three of the above music modules in the year.

For Joint Honours degrees, you take only three of the above music modules in the year.

• Music in Context (I and II) • Music in Practice (I and II) On the BMus course your other modules are • Introduction to Performance • Creative Music Technology

Year 2 In Year 2, you study six modules. The list of options includes • Performance (I and II) • Ensemble Performance • Instrumental Composition • Song Writing • Orchestration and Arranging • Conducting • Classical Music Studies • Romantic Music Studies • Film Music • Creative Music Technology Applications • Music and Audio Programming • Jazz History • History of Popular Music • free elective (BA students only)

For details of your chosen joint subject, see the relevant prospectus entries or departmental pamphlets. For copies, write to the Admissions Service, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, call 0870 126 2000 or email

Instrumental tuition In the first year, we normally provide tuition through a bursary scheme for lessons on a first instrument, plus a second instrument subject to audition. After the first year, tuition is provided for students taking Performance or Ensemble Performance modules. Students also have the opportunity to receive some specialist tuition on the department’s Renaissance and Baroque instruments.

For Joint Honours degrees, you take only three of the above music modules in the year.

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Selected modules (Advanced) Ensemble Performance Students work together in small ensembles as instrumentalists or vocalists and receive regular coaching sessions in preparation for practical assessments. In addition to the development of practical skills, you learn about historical and analytical issues relevant to group work as well as the development of social relationships in ensemble playing. (Advanced) Performance For this, you should normally be of at least diploma standard. You are encouraged to build up a large and varied repertoire, and are required to perform in University concerts and masterclasses. The final examination (Year 3) consists of a recital of 35–40 minutes before a public audience. Arts Enterprise If you have an idea for a business in the arts, this module provides the support and guidance you need to get it off the ground. Students typically generate a business plan while exploring principles of finance for small businesses, legal issues and marketing strategies in a series of sessions led by visiting professionals. You also have the opportunity to participate in a work placement to gain a deeper understanding of how arts businesses work. Classical Music Studies This module investigates the seminal Classical music forms and procedures and observes historical and cultural contexts – principally in the works of the three ‘greats’: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The module introduces you to various analytical and critical methodologies, as well as performative issues. Composing for Stage and Screen (I and II) In these modules you study composition for a range of large musical contexts. These may include the production of film scores, which can be realised using our studio facilities, or the generation of material designed to be staged in our performance spaces. Conducting In this module you will develop practical and analytical skills relating to the conducting of Western art music. The focus is on effective and economical baton technique, leadership skills, score reading, and issues of style and interpretation. You will participate in workshops run by conductors with world-class reputations (such as Adrian Brown, Ronald Corp and Peter Stark) and will often take a lead role in running ensembles within the department. Creative Studio Production You will use cutting-edge hardware and software to learn advanced sound production and editing techniques, and you have a chance to work in a 5:1 surround-sound format.


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Film Music Focusing on both Hollywood and art cinema, this module introduces you to techniques of understanding music’s role in film and offers a representative selection of film examples. You will examine the ways in which music functions in cinema and address critical issues, including representation, manipulation, narrativity, subject positioning and gender construction. Global Pop This module introduces you to a range of non-Western music systems and the influence that they continue to exert on contemporary Western pop music. History of Popular Music This module explores the development of popular music in the 20th century, from blues, rock and punk to Britpop, trip-hop and hip-hop. Interactive Technology (I and II) This module allows you to design your own interactive technologies through the use of the software environment Max/MSP. These might take the form of an interface which controls musical parameters or an interactive installation. Expanded MIDI and OSC control is explored, including the application of movement sensing as well as the appropriation of devices such as games controllers. Introduction to Performance Running throughout the first year, this module allows you to develop essential skills for performing: communication (presentation and deportment), interpretation, musical awareness, technical control, critical observation and self-reflection. You will receive tuition on up to two instruments (including voice) from specialist tutors (second study is subject to audition), culminating in a short performance. Jazz History This module explores the development of jazz from a historical perspective. The focus is on appreciating the musical working of jazz, through the study of recordings by musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Modern Music Studies (to/since 1945) The first of these modules explores music from around 1890 up to 1945; the second examines the development of Western art music from 1945 to the present day. Works by Debussy, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Stravinsky, Bartók, Carter, Tippett, Messiaen, Boulez, Stockhausen, Cage, Berio, Reich and other avant-garde and experimentalist composers are studied from analytical, historical and philosophical perspectives.

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Music and Audio Programming You are introduced to methods for the creation of music for mobile interactive applications and games. You will have the opportunity to experiment with music and audio programming in the iOS, Android and Unity environments and will be introduced to recent developments and research in the ďŹ eld. With only basic programming experience needed, this module will prepare you for more advanced work in media programming in response to an ongoing need for creative audio programmers in the music and games industries. Music and Critical Thinking Broad in scope, this module aims to equip you with the ability to approach music critically and philosophically. In particular, it encourages you to question current beliefs and to ask why we think we understand music in certain ways, what might be motivating these assumptions and how best to reconcile current understanding. Music in Context (I and II) In these core modules you explore historical contexts from a variety of perspectives, acquire skills in research methodology and study the purpose and scope of historical study. The aim is to develop a sense of how the study of history is constantly evolving and to equip you with the skills necessary for independent exploration of musical works. Music in Practice (I and II) The range of music that we may encounter today is diverse, including all that has gone before and all that is currently being made. These modules seek to equip you with the skills to understand, engage with and explain such diversity by studying fundamental materials, components and patterns across a wide range of musical types. Core skills include awareness of the role of listening, applied listening, methods of notation, analysis and creative responses. Orchestration and Arranging In this module you will develop a theoretical and applied understanding of the orchestra/ensemble/band as a medium for the composition, transcription and arrangement of music. You also study arranging techniques and their application in different contexts, such as big-band and chamber ensembles. Psychology of Music Performance This module introduces you to psychological issues about music performance. The methods and techniques involved in sight-reading, practice and memorisation are studied, as well as the symptoms and treatments of anxiety. Other issues, including social and developmental aspects of training to be a performer, are explored.


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Radio Production You will examine the skills and techniques required to produce live and prerecorded programmes for radio, enabling you to develop both technical and creative skills. Various programme types and broadcasting styles are covered, as well as some basic aspects of radio transmission. Romantic Music Studies This module examines the historical and cultural context of 19th-century music with reference to the Lied, programme music, the symphony, opera, piano music and other forms relating to this era. You continue to develop advanced analytical techniques begun in Classical Music Studies. Song Writing and Instrumental Composition In these modules you study various contemporary compositional techniques, speciďŹ cally relating to songwriting and composing for different instrumental combinations. The emphasis is on developing an individual style while gaining a thorough grounding in compositional technique relevant to contemporary music practice. Compositions and songs are performed in University workshops and concerts. Sound Design for Games and Film You will be introduced to standard industry practices and you can explore some of the creative, technical and aesthetic challenges faced by sound designers working in the ďŹ elds of games and ďŹ lm. This module has a strong vocational emphasis. Special Study This module allows you to conduct a research project on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of staff. The module teaches you research skills appropriate to your project. Most projects take the form of a 10,000-word dissertation, but practically based projects are also possible. Studio Techniques and Production This module explores studio techniques in professional production. As part of this module you may record an album of your own material or undertake an extended recording project. Words and Music from Dowland to Dylan This module covers a general history of song and supplements the more practical song writing module at the same level, and in so doing provides a theoretical context for that module.

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Performance, facilities and other benefits of studying at Hull Performance at Hull Hull is distinctive within the university sector in that it places much emphasis on the practical and technical aspects of music making. Whatever your specialism, you can participate in a range of musical ensembles as part of your degree course. Ensembles include the University Symphony Orchestra, an early music ensemble (singers and instrumentalists), a chamber choir, the Jazz Aesthetic (a 12-piece jazz ensemble), a contemporary music ensemble, a chapel choir, a wind band, a jazz choir, a big band, a flute choir, a clarinet choir and the Opera and Music Theatre Group, plus various other jazz, rock, funk and popular music bands. These ensembles feature regularly in University concerts and external events, such as the Humber Mouth Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Beverley Friary Festival and the Hulljazz series; individual students also participate in the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hull Youth Philharmonic, York Opera, the Yorkshire Bach Choir and a number of award-winning local brass bands. Our students also benefit from the close links between Drama and Music, many of them being involved in collaborative projects, including music theatre and opera productions. The University itself is the hub of music making in the region. We organise up to 45 public performances every year and a regular programme of masterclasses and workshops given by some of the best organisations in the business, including Opera North and the University’s ensemble-in-residence, Hull Sinfonietta.

Facilities Technological facilities include • the Salmon Grove Recording Studios: control room with live recording space and linked mixing studio • two music technology computer labs with 17 workstations running Sibelius and Pro Tools software • a 5:1 surround-sound film composition studio • portable equipment for location recording • guitar/bass/keyboard amplifiers and PA system for performance The instrumental collection includes • a good stock of pianos, including Steinway and Yamaha concert grands, a digital baby grand and a Yamaha Disklavier grand (the last two can be used for MIDI-based research as well as normal concert performance) • three organs (on campus), including an excellent instrument of Classical design (housed in the chapel) and a chamber organ • many ‘early’ instruments (lutes, viols, Baroque strings, and numerous keyboard and wind instruments) • specialist modern wind instruments • drum kits and percussion equipment 10

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• a Studio Daphne 47 harp • three kora and a guzheng Other resources include • well-equipped practice rooms (including dedicated drum and harp rooms) • performing spaces such as the Recital Room, the Middleton Hall (featuring a large stage area for music theatre and opera productions), the Lindsey Suite, the University Chapel, the Donald Roy Theatre and workshop areas, and the students’ union (including the John McCarthy Bar and the award-winning Asylum nightclub) • two band practice rooms with drumkits, amplifiers and PA equipment • a percussion suite equipped with drumkit, marimba, xylophone, and a range of other percussion instruments • an impressive selection of CDs, DVDs and historic recordings on LP • music sections in the Brynmor Jones Library and the Keith Donaldson Library that contain impressive and wide-ranging collections of scores, collected editions, books on all aspects of music, and reference materials • IT facilities, available 24/7, 365 days a year

Scholarships Harp Scholarship The Harp Scholar contributes to the musical life of the department by playing in various orchestras and ensembles, giving solo recitals and participating in workshops exploring the capabilities of the instrument. The scholar has exclusive use of the department’s Studio Daphne 47 harp. Organ Scholarship Every two years we appoint an Organ Scholar whose duties are to give recitals, to play at official occasions and to be responsible for the music in the University Chapel. The University Chapel Choir, which the scholar conducts, sings full choral services in the University and performs in various cathedrals such as Lincoln, Chester, York and Wakefield. The scholar also holds an assistantship at Beverley Minster.

Ouseley Choral Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to an advanced male singer. The scholar is expected to take a leading part in choral singing in the University and in the Chapel Choir, and is eligible for solo roles in choral and operatic performances. Duties include singing at official and informal occasions, participating in the University Choir, Chapel Choir and other vocal ensembles, and performing in recitals. Robert Marchant Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to an advanced string player (violinist, violist, cellist or double bassist). The scholar is expected to take a leading role in orchestral and chamber ensembles in the University. Duties include playing at official and informal occasions, participating in the Music Society Orchestra and other ensembles, and performing in recitals and masterclasses. Sir Thomas Beecham Music Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to the first-year undergraduate student who obtains the highest examination results after the first semester. It is normally limited to Single Honours music students who show exceptional promise. Please visit for more details relating to music scholarships.

Career prospects Hull music graduates have taken up a wide variety of careers, among them freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making. The search for employment is aided by the support of an excellent Careers Service. Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing. Our graduates’ success rate in finding suitable employment is very high.

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Music staff Dr Freya Bailes, BA (Hull), MA, PhD (Sheffield), DipABRSM Lecturer Katie Beardsworth BA Hons (York) Music Administrator Dr Matt Barnard, BA, PhD (Hull) Lecturer Dr Alex Binns, MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxford) Lecturer Professor Alastair Borthwick, BSc (London), MMus (Sheffield), PhD (London), LTCL, ARCS Senior Lecturer / Head of Department of Drama and Music Aled Edwards, BMus (Cardiff), Dip (School of Sound Recording, Manchester) Music Technology Supervisor Dr Peter Elsdon, BMus, MA (Belfast), PhD (Southampton) Lecturer / Director of Undergraduate Studies Chris Jones, BA (Hull) Music Technology Supervisor Dr Andrew King, BMus, PhD (Northumbria), CIET, CEng Lecturer / Deputy Dean for Learning and Teaching Dr Elaine King, BA (Durham), MMus (London), PhD (London), LGSM Senior Lecturer / Director of Postgraduate Studies Heidi Keenan Music Administrator Dr Rob Mackay, BSc (Keele), MMus, PhD (Bangor) Lecturer Helen Mitchell, BMus (Edinburgh), MMus (Liverpool), MSc (York), LGSM, HETC, FHEA Lecturer Professor Brian Newbould, BMus (Bristol), MA (Bristol) Emeritus Professor


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Rowan Oliver, BA (York), FHEA Lecturer / Director of CMT Studies Professor Graham Sadler, BMus (Nottingham), PhD (Hull) Emeritus Professor Dr Mark Slater, BMus (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield), PCHE Lecturer / Admissions Tutor Dr Lee Tsang, BA (Newcastle), MMus (East Anglia), PhD (Southampton), PGCert (EPD), FHEA Lecturer / Director of Performance Dr Howard Wilde, BA (Oxford), MMus, PhD (London) Lecturer Professor Christopher R Wilson, MA, DPhil (Oxford), FSA Director of Research / Assistant Director, Andrew Marvell Centre Colin Wright, MA (Cambridge), MEd (Leeds), PGCE, FRCO, LRAM, ALCM, ARCM, DipRSA Research Fellow Alan Young, BA (Hull) Music Technology Supervisor

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‘On hearing the rave reviews of the University of Hull from my friends, family and teachers, I decided I must attend an open day here. Arriving here as a student, I was greeted by the friendliest welcome from the staff and students and was made to feel as though I’d been here for years! I became part of the department’s ‘family’ straight away and would now never look back!’ Frances Clarke BA English and Music

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Creative music technology Creative music technology (CMT) is one of the most innovative and popular of the degree areas on offer in the UK. Building on many years of success on the Scarborough Campus, CMT is moving to the Hull Campus during the 2013/14 academic year – an exciting and productive development that promises great opportunities for all of our students. You will not only be able to realise your creative ambitions with expert supervision – you’ll also be able to meet students for all areas of musical life, and work with other enthusiasts in collaborative projects.

‘Being a student on the Creative Music Technology course here has really allowed me to broaden my learning abilities. The course is designed so I can choose individual modules specific to what I want to learn, which means I’ve really been able to apply myself to the best of my ability. The lecturers provide such a welcoming environment, and I have met so many inspiring people – making this an enjoyable learning experience.’ Kayleigh Orloff BA Creative Music Technology


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At each stage you will be encouraged to make creative use of the latest technologies in sound recording, mixing, sound design, live electronics and multimedia, and by the end of the course you will be fully versed in the use of industry-standard hardware and software. This programme is designed to offer a perfect balance between the development of technical expertise and exploration creative endeavour, all embedded within a rigorous academic setting. With plenty of flexibility in the degree, you can realise your creative potential in various fields, including songwriting, contemporary composition, film music, jazz, electronica, sonic arts and pop/rock musicology. In addition to timetabled lectures, workshops and regular assignments, there is also plenty of opportunity to work independently in our comprehensively equipped studios, to visit other universities and commercial recording studios, and to travel to concerts in other parts of the UK. You will be positively encouraged to pursue your individual musical interests while producing work that is innovative and exciting.

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The course BA Creative Music Technology After first-year core modules in recording techniques and compositional study, you can choose from a range of options in the second and final years to develop your own pathway through the course. Second-year options include Creative Studio Production, Psychoacoustics, Sound Design for Games and Film, Audiovisual Composition, and Songwriting and Arranging. Final-year options include Live Sound, Global Pop, Composing for Film, Interactive Technologies and an independent study. The options are taken alongside a year-long extended project. In all three years further options are available, allowing you to engage in collaboration with students from other arts disciplines, including dance, theatre, English and digital arts.

Facilities Our studios and equipment covers a range of applications that allows our students to explore their own creative interests. From industrystandard Pro Tools recording studios to advanced 5:1 surround sound and 16:4 ambisonic spaces with 3D encoding and a Lemur control surface, you will experience a wealth of technologies and approaches: • monitoring – ATC, Genelec, Dynaudio and Mackie • outboard – Empirical Labs, Drawmer, TC Electronic • microphones from a range of manufacturers, including top-of-the-range Neumann and Soundfield models, plus the standard line-up of AKG, Shure, Coles and Rodes • Technics vinyl and CD decks, Pioneer mixer • a range of synthesisers, MIDI control surfaces and drum its • portable recorders for location recording (stereo, binaural and four-channel surround combinations available) • software includes Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Max/MSP/Jitter, Komplete 7, Soundhack, GRM Tools and Waves plug-ins

• performance resources including quadraphonic PA, MIDI lighting desk, digital video projector, ICube controller and four-beam ultrasound sensing kit

Module options In Year 1, you can choose from a range of modules that cover electronic composition, popular music criticism and culture, studio production, words and lyrics from Dowland to Dylan, song writing techniques and performance. In all years, BA students can elect to take one free elective. In Year 2, you can develop your first-year studies or branch out into new areas, such as avant-garde and experimental music, rock musicology, audiovisual composition, interactive technology, music industry studies, psychoacoustics and studio design, sound design for games and film, sonic arts, song writing and arranging. As you progress into Year 3, performers can continue to refine their skills in a range of performance contexts and composers can explore composing for film. Other options include digital instrument design, live sound, interactive technologies, radio production plus a study of popular music in a global context. Final year students also undertake a substantial project on a topic of their choice – offering a real opportunity to tailor their studies to individual enthusiasms. For comprehensive information on the range of modules available, please refer to the list starting on page 6.

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Admissions We normally look for three A levels (or equivalents such as BTEC) including Music or Music Technology, plus Grade 7 standard or above on your first study instrument/voice. We also consider a wide range of vocational and international qualifications. Please state within your UCAS application what instruments you play and what practical exams you are entered for or have recently taken. A typical offer might be 280–320 points (equivalent to BBC– ABB at A Level or DDM from BTEC) for BMus and BA Single and Joint Honours programmes. Mature students who may not match the above criteria are welcome to apply if they have appropriate musical experience. Grade 8 or above in Music Theory may be accepted in lieu of A level Music or Music Technology. On receipt of a UCAS application, we will normally invite you to attend an interview day. This will involve a choice of interview session (e.g. a tutorial in performance, composition, history/analysis or music technology), a presentation and DVD show, as well as a tour of the campus with current music students. The interview days provide opportunities for you to ask questions about studying music at Hull and to share your enthusiasms for music with staff and students.

Open days We encourage prospective applicants to attend a University open day, where you will have a tour of the campus, meet with members of music staff and attend a presentation about studying music at the University of Hull. You will also find out about musical opportunities in the University and wider region, tour the music facilities and be able to ask questions about the music programmes. The open days provide other essential information, including details about computer and library facilities, accommodation, support services and career opportunities.


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Free Elective Scheme

Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

So, how does it work? Each year you take 120 credits’ worth of modules.



20 credits

20 credits

20 credits

20 credits 20 credits 20 credits

Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

What sort of subjects can I take?

What are the main reasons for participating?

You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. The catologue of free electives might include

• The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

Hull • History through Film • The Novel from Austen to Hardy • Computer Games and Technology • Computers and Applications • Introduction to Psychology • The Middle Ages Go to the Movies 1 and 2 • Art and Architecture in Context • Education, Education, Education – Historical Background to Current Problems in Schools Scarborough • Event Management • Introduction to Poetry • Dive Training • Career Management Skills

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