Music with Innovation, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
The innovators of the 21st Century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team-players with a breadth enabling them to work across specialisms and cultures.

About

This course combines in-depth subject specialism in music with interdisciplinary breadth, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. You will study music to gain a solid discipline strength, while alongside this apply your subject knowledge to innovate and translate your ideas into plans for digital and creative enterprises, both social and commercial.

The course will equip you to use the critical, theoretical and practical skills central to music, allowing you to develop your knowledge and skills across a range of areas as you proceed through the course.

Students studying across different disciplines on the Innovation Courses will come together to learn and apply design and systems thinking to digital and creative innovation and put this into practice working in transdisciplinary teams, ultimately creating new ventures together.

Why study Innovation at Bristol?

In the innovation courses, you will find out how to work with others who will bring their own specialisms, backgrounds and ways of thinking alongside yours. You will learn how to set about designing products and services, and you will work with external clients on projects they value. You will learn how to develop your own ideas, how to evaluate innovative solutions, how to put together the plans to pursue them and how to present them to others and gain support.

By the time you graduate, you will have been involved in planning a venture. You will have learnt how to evaluate the potential of the venture and how to finance it. You will be supported in this by groups in the University and external partners who are at the forefront of innovation in areas including digital media, environment, sustainability, healthcare and education. All the way through your course you will be able to draw on a network of advisors who are involved in starting up or investing in new ventures. And if you are ready to start your own venture by the time you graduate, they will be ready to support you.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Design and Systems Thinking for Innovation
  • Transdisciplinary Group Project I: Being Human
  • 80 CP from the following topics:
    • Historical Studies
    • Criticism and the Arts (jointly taught with the Department of Theatre, TV and Film)
    • Composition (acoustic and studio)
    • Technical Studies I / II (harmony, harmonic analysis, pastiche composition)
    • Practical Studies (instrumentation / conducting and performance) or an open unit in another department.
Second year
  • One of two mandatory music-history units
  • One of the following units:
    • Compositional Strategy
    • Further Technical Studies
    • Studio composition live
    • Transcription and editing
    • Performance
    • Writing for Orchestra
    • Analytical Techniques I & II
  • Two from a range of specialised research-led music history units (taught jointly to second and third-year students)
  • Past, Present and Futures
  • Transdisciplinary Group Project II: Solving someone else's problem
  • Open units up to a maximum of 20CP
Third year
  • Major projects in composition, studio composition, performance or musicology
  • Minor projects in the same fields
  • Optional units include:
    • editing
    • advanced technical studies
    • aesthetics and criticism
  • Choice from a large range of specialised, research-led music history options (taught jointly to second and third-year students)
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enterprise Case
  • Transdisciplinary Group Project III: Doing something completely new
Fourth year
  • Choice from a large range of advanced music units including topics such as musicology, professional composition, critical analysis of media music, composing with electronics, from notation to performance, advanced orchestration, and Baroque composition.
  • In the Wild
  • New Venture Creation
  • Transdisciplinary Group Project IV: Building a demonstrator

Audience

We are looking for bright, creative people from a wide range of backgrounds. We will provide an innovative curriculum and an environment that values rigour, creativity, risk-taking, communications and teamwork.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including A in Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations.
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including A in Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • IB Diploma: 34 to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • IB Diploma: 32 to include 16 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A Levels, where grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Music) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Applicants are normally expected to have Grade 7 or higher, at Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations or relevant performance experience. Please see the course admissions statement for more information.
  • BTEC: DDD in any BTEC plus grade A in A Level Music and Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations; or DDD in Music BTEC plus Grade 8 Theory at Merit or Distinction and Grade 7 or higher in an instrument or voice with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • SQA: AAABB and AH: AB with A in Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 80% overall with 8.5 in Music plus Grade 7 or higher, with Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: No specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

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