BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology Course - ACM London

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology – ACM London

Study the Art of Production

The Creative Music Technology programme provides its students with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to produce, mix and master music, whether you want to help realise another artist’s vision or create your very own.

ACM London Degrees are validated and awarded by Falmouth University, the UK’s ‘highest ranked arts university’ (Guardian University Guide 2017).

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Producer Modules

In the first year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Music in Culture and Critical Theory: MSH110
    An introduction to the theoretical concepts surrounding music in our contemporary society from a variety of cultural perspectives. It provides a broad historical contemporary framework interspersed with examples that allow an examination of the musicians place in society.
  • Studiocraft: CMT120
    An introduction to general studio techniques following the various stages of production from recording to mastering. In addition to subjects such as acoustics, microphone techniques, signal processing and consoles students will be actively encouraged to think creatively about the use technology.
  • Designing Sound: CMT130
    Running in parallel with the Studiocraft module the student will study various aspects of sound design from both a historical and contemporary perspective. The module will introduce the student to Foley and location recording techniques as well as editing and compositional techniques with a focus on sound for screen media.
  • Professional Preparation and Showcase: MSH140
    This module examines the possibilities of future professional practice with the main aim of starting to define and explore individual musical practice. The student will consider cultural contexts, trends, emerging technologies and their impact on professional practice. The student will produce and perform music or exhibit musical work at the end of the module showcase.
  • Making Music 1: MSH150
    This module will focus on developing specific skills related to making music making. Students will be offered specific classes in music technology and composition as relevant to their own future professional practice as well as more general training sessions.
  • Digital Music: CMT170
    This module will focus on electronic music techniques by offering a thorough introduction to synthesis, signal processing and digital audio programming. Software and hardware will be considered from both a technical and creative aspect.

In the second year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Music Project 1: MSH210
    This module will consider a range of topics that will establish a historical, contextual and critical framework to inform the student’s own practical work. Potential topics could include ‘Exploring Timbre’, ‘Film Music’, Music and Dance etc.
  • Music Project 2: MSH220
    This module will consider a range topics (not covered in MSH210) that will further establish a historical, contextual and critical framework to inform the student’s own practical work. The second module in this area provides opportunity to further develop skills in an additional area of activity of interest to the student.
  • Music Computing and Interactivity: CMT260
    This module will explore two key themes. Firstly it will provide opportunity to go into greater depth in themes related to digital audio and computer music; such as signal processing, synthesis and computer programming. Secondly, it will explore the theme of interactivity by introducing alternative ways of both controlling the computer and responding to it through a range of sensory input and output devices.
  • Making Music 2: MSH250
    This module continues the work of Making Music 1. Students will again be offered specific classes in music technology and composition as relevant to their own future professional practice as well as more general training sessions. As a Level 5 module students will be expected to demonstrate development of the skills and experiences gained at Level 4. Students will also be expected to take a more active role in the management of concert series.
  • Proposals for Practice: MSH230
    This module focuses on making work beyond ACM and specifically prepares the student for the Level 6 module Practice in Context. Through the planning and development of a project proposal, the module focuses on preparing the student for making work in professional public contexts.
  • Phonographies: CMT230
    This module will draw together a number of key themes explored in previous modules while focusing on two key areas. Firstly, the module will return to the idea of recording as a creative act in its own right, exploring the potential of the microphone as a tool of artistic invention. Secondly, it will concentrate attention on the articulation of space with sound. This might include the use of multipoint recording, surround panning, and site-specific sound installation.

In the third year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Practice in Context: MSH310
    This module asks the student to consider the relationship between what they do, who what they do is for, and where it takes place. Typically this could involve a self-directed arts project, work placement, industry secondment, residency, study visit or educational/community project.
  • Dissertation: MSH320
    A written research project providing opportunity to carryout in-depth research and critical analysis of a topic of interest to the student.
  • Professional Practice Project: MSH330
    This module, in consultation with the tutor, will enable the student to develop and consolidate their own compositional, theoretical and contextual enquiries into independent practice.
  • Complementary Practice: MSH310
    This module provides the opportunity to ‘extend’ or compliment the Dissertation (MSH320) or Professional Practice Project (MSH330). This could include realising some aspect of the dissertation or project into a practical product – i.e. website, Book, CD etc. or extended research paper.

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Course Details

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology

Full Time Study – 3 Years

Degree 360

Course code: WW37
Institution code: A48

Entry Requirements

All candidates will be required to attend an audition / interview.


Minimum age 18

All candidates should hold two A-Levels or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification.

We normally require Grade C GCSE (or an equivalent qualification) in English. Candidates should be capable of using the English language fluently, and able to structure arguments and present evidence to a standard appropriate to study at Level ‘4’. Where the application materials appear insufficient to form a clear judgement on the candidate’s fluency, additional documentary evidence (e.g. recent essays) may be required. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have achieved IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent qualification.

We welcome applications from those who might have completed alternative qualifications and/or have prior experience. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* New UCAS 2017 tariff system.

Awarding body
Falmouth University

£9,000 per year. Student loans are available.