Work in industry-standard facilities and launch an exciting career as an electronic producer-artist, with our BA (Hons) Electronic Music degree.
Explore the beginnings, development and future of electronic music and create your own portfolio with a range of individual and group projects.
You’ll experiment with music technologies, genres, styles and approaches to develop your creative practice and output and build the skills required by employers.
All our Electronic Music students use state-of-the-art facilities, including the latest digital audio workstations, climate-controlled recording studios, industry-standard software, two Mac suites and a range of synthesisers as well as other instruments.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a pop producer, creating music for commercial media, or releasing your own electronic dance tracks, you’ll be preparing to work in an industry that grew by 2% in 2017 to contribute £4.5 billion to the economy (uk.music.org).
You’ll become a rounded electronic musician by studying production, performance, the contexts and histories of electronic music, and creative entrepreneurship for music. You’ll explore how electricity has been applied to music production for more than a century, covering early pioneers, krautrock, synthpop, industrial, techno and the latest trends, discovering styles and techniques you can incorporate into your own work.
There are also opportunities to collaborate on a range of media projects with optional modules focusing on games, films and apps.
You’ll have opportunities to expand your CV with a work placement, and the option to learn a new language.
As a student in Cambridge, you’ll be able to make the most of the city’s music scene, and benefit from our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. From classical music to UK rap or even film and computer game soundtracks, it’s all here – and there are plenty of opportunities to explore and expand your style.
You’ll also get the chance to listen to professional musicians on campus every week in our lunchtime concert series, as well as attend workshops, masterclasses and lectures by visiting performers, composers and academics.
This is a Year 2 optional module that allows students from any of our undergraduate music courses to compose and realise original music to accompany a film, video or other type of digital moving or still image.Find out more about Music for the Moving Image
November 2017, crowds gathered at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, to hear performances by our BA (Hons) Popular Music students.Find out more about Poptronix
Poptronix II saw our BA (Hons) Popular Music students again take to the stage at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, as part of their assessed coursework.Find out more about Poptronix
Psychedelic rockers Grass Roof formed on the first year of our BA (Hons) Popular Music degree, and have since gone from strength to strength.Find out more about Grass Roof
Creative industries students came together for an evening of music and merriment at ARU's open mic night.Find out more about Spring Awakening
Fido, Helson and Lumberjacks
In May 2017, students from our BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Popular Music, BA (Hons) Performing Arts and MA Music Therapy worked alongside professional soloists on this production of Britten's Paul Bunyan.
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All our BA (Hons) Electronic Music students have access to:
You can also get training in all of our creative facilities – not just the ones for your course.
Study at ARU and benefit from:
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Course Leader, BA (Hons) Electronic Music Senior Lecturer, Audio and Music Technology
Our BA (Hons) Electronic Music will equip you primarily for a career as a producer-artist, but the wide-ranging skills you pick up will be transferable to any role involving the recording and production of music or sound.
You’ll develop skills suitable for a variety of roles in the music industries, working on your own music and for clients, creating music for media and performing. You will also gain experience that may lead into music promotion, working in label and live event management, sound editing and sound design.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
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