MArts Music with Innovation (W304)

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UCAS code W304
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 This course was new for 2016 entry and applicants accepted data is not yet available

About MArts Music with Innovation

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.

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 and, 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.

More about Innovation

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

Course structure

First year

  • Design and Systems Thinking for Innovation
  • Transdisciplinary Group Project I: Being Human
  • 80 CP from the following topics:
    • Historical Studies
    • Composition (acoustic and studio)
    • Technical Studies (harmony, harmonic analysis, pastiche composition)
    • Practical Studies (instrumentation / conducting and performance)

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
  • One from a range of specialized research-led music history units (taught jointly to second and third-year students)
  • One further music unit chosen from the above
  • 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

  • 40CP 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.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Music with Innovation

Typical offer for MArts Music with Innovation - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB with A in Music
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB with A in Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall with 17 at Higher Level to include 6 in Higher Level Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall with 16 at Higher Level to include 6 in Higher Level Music
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A Levels, where grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Music) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.
BTEC offer DDD in any BTEC plus grade A in A-level Music; or DDD in Music BTEC plus Grade 8 Theory at Merit
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAAABB and AH: AB with A in AH Music
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8.5 in Music
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application and an additional task to assess applicants’ creative and/or entrepreneurial skills/experience.

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