BA Music and Italian (WR33)

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UCAS code WR33
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 27
Number of places for 2016/17 6

About BA Music and Italian

This course combines music with Italian, which can be studied from beginner level. This provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

Our degree offers the chance to learn the Italian language, and gain an understanding of the complexity of Italy as a nation through studying Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture. Musically speaking, it is also the founding place of opera, of Renaissance culture, and a driver of avant-garde composition in the twentieth century.  

You will spend your third year abroad in an Italian-speaking environment, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in Music and in Italian culture.

More about Music

Find out more about studying Music at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Historical Studies (one unit)
  • Two other units from:
    • Technical Studies I/II (harmony, harmonic analysis, pastiche composition)
    • Composition (acoustic and studio)
    • Practical Studies (instrumentation/conducting and performance)
  • Italian language (40 credits for beginners, 20 credits for A-level entrants)
  • Additional units in contemporary Italian culture

Second year

  • One of the two mandatory music-history units
  • Two to four optional units:
    • Further Written Techniques
    • Performance
    • Analysis
    • Writing for Orchestra
    • Acoustic composition
    • Studio composition
    • Transcription / editing
  • Specialised research-led music-history options (normally six per year, taught jointly to second and final-year students)
  • Italian language
  • One or two optional units on Italian culture, history or politics (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’s Inferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Two to four optional units in editing, advanced technical studies, aesthetics (including the possibility of doing extended study in composition, studio composition, performance or musicology)
  • Italian language
  • One or two optional units on Italian culture, history, politics or in translation (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, and including the option of independent study).
Further details about the course structure for Music
Further details about the course structure for Italian

Typical offer for BA Music and Italian

A-levels
(including international A-levels)
AAB including A in Music and including a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
A-levels
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including A in Music and including a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, 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 and 5 in Higher Level for a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 to include 16 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Music and 5 in Higher Level for a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A Levels, where grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass 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 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations Please see the course admissions statement for more information.
BTEC DDD in any BTEC plus grade A in A Level Music and Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations and grade B at A Level for a modern foreign language*; 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 and grade B at A Level in a modern foreign language*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB with A in Music and B in a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall with 8.5 in Music and 8 in a modern foreign language* plus Grade 7 with Merit or Distinction, or Grade 8 with Pass, Merit or Distinction, in ABRSM or Trinity College Examinations
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications* Italian can be studied from scratch and taken to degree level, but candidates must show proficiency in advanced language study by having at least grade B at A-level or equivalent in a modern foreign language

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Email: arts-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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