BA (Hons) Creative Music Technologies

This course offers the chance to be inventive in using audio technologies to create music and sound. You’ll study how new and emerging technologies and digital platforms can be used to create performance, production, and sound design. You’ll also develop your own creative voice, technical knowledge, and gain relevant practical skills.

Some students are musicians with instrumental skills, while others focus more on using digital technology to create music. We encourage all students to be creative in using technology for professional music, sound and multimedia applications, and to investigate fresh musical ideas. Studying in Cardiff, you’ll benefit from live performance opportunities and enjoy recording and production in our in-house studios, as well as strong links to studios, record industry professionals and music companies.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4F74 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4F74 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Module content includes: production skills, electronic music for production and performance, music cultures and contexts, music and sound for apps and gaming, working to ‘client’/’live’ briefs, networking, sound design, live performance, product development using emerging technologies, and how to work successfully as a professional ‘portfolio’ musician/producer.

The Creative Music Technologies degree culminates in a major project, where you create a music/sound performance/artefact that prepares you directly for the professional work you intend to do after you graduate.

Year One

  • Studio Skills
  • Words and Music: Context, Culture and Criticism
  • Interactive Apps
  • Electronic Music: Production and Performance
  • Music and Media: Introduction to Visual Culture

Year Two

  • Production Skills
  • Music and Maker-culture
  • Taking Care of Business: Client Project
  • Music Landscapes: Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • Meeting the Public: Performance

Year Three

  • The Big Pitch
  • In the Moment: Real-time Event
  • Portfolio Musician
  • Presenting/Performing Showcase


There are varied approaches to teaching, including practical studio-based workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures. Because we have such a strong hands-on approach, there is an emphasis on practical assessments and group work.

Other examples include:

  • Live performance opportunities, using the ATRiuM’s unparalleled and excellent facilities, and also a range of external music venues.
  • Recording and production in state-of-the art studios.
  • Regular visits from music professionals such as Greg Haver, producer of Manic Street Preachers; Amy Wadge, Ed Sheeran’s co-writer; Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals and Steve Sidelnyk, Madonna’s drummer.
  • Links to Cardiff’s and south Wales’s studios, record industry professionals, and music companies and the wider UK music business, as a whole.


The Creative Music Technologies degree features a significant workshop and teamwork element that is assignment-based and continuously assessed, so you will develop your skills constantly.


Matthew Evans, course leader

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.


You will be required to demonstrate your creative skills through an informal problem-solving task that requires no prior knowledge but will reflect your performance and musical ability. If you have any recorded examples of recent work, please bring the file(s) with you to interview.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include a relevant subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include a relevant subject

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit to include a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include a relevant subject

Typical Access to HE Offer

60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes in a relevant subject

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500 - £2000
It is suggested that students have access to their own musical instruments, where appropriate (cost dependent on instrument played). All academic years
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £100 - £150
Students are expected to provide their own 'breakables'- Strings, sticks etc. All academic years
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500 - £1000
It is suggested that students have their own laptop computer and smart phone
Field Trips £250 - £350
International Field Trip. Costs may vary according to location.
Other: Travel £100 - £150
Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences at their own cost

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The creative music technologies degree specifically prepares students for the music industry, including production and sound engineering, and self-employment. The course also provides a detailed knowledge of other disciplines and key business skills, which will open up a range of other opportunities in the computer games industry, multimedia and television companies, management and journalism, as well as in creative and performing roles.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.