Explore electronic music from its beginnings to current and emerging trends on our full-time Electronic Music BA (Hons) degree in Cambridge. Experiment with music technologies, genres, styles and approaches and create a unique portfolio to launch your career as an electronic producer-artist.
Drawing from over 100 years’ worth of insights in applying electricity to music production, our BA (Hons) Electronic Music will challenge your expectations of electronic music, allowing you to explore links and connections between different forms of electronic music practice, and will give you the scope to experiment in creating your sound and musical identity.
You’ll learn techniques that will prepare you for the world of electronic music production - a world that ranges across commercial and experimental music, from pop production through to electronic dance music, electronica, music for media and experimental music.
You’ll also explore the history of electronic music, from its early twentieth century pioneers through to krautrock, synthpop, industrial, techno and on to more recent trends in this diverse field of music making, identifying practices that you can incorporate into your own music.
Whether your interests lie in songwriting and music production emphasising electronic sound, creative experimental approaches, or exploring the genres and sub-genres of electronic dance music, this course will allow you to make the most of them. Over 3 years, you’ll study modules across four different strands, developing your knowledge and skills in production; performance; the contexts and histories of electronic music; and creative entrepreneurship for music.
You’ll also acquire electronic music production techniques using digital audio workstations (e.g. Logic X, Ableton Live and Pro Tools HD), and gain experience using a variety of analogue and digital technologies to produce your projects.
Our optional modules will allow you to broaden your experience by applying these skills to music for media projects (for example, in games, films and apps).
Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by a teaching team with wide-ranging expertise in electronic music, popular music and creative music technology. You can also join our Electronic Music Society, which hosts weekly workshops and organises live performances and club nights.
Course Leader: Douglas Nunn
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.
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.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
Full details of assessment will be available after validation, but will include methods that allow you to show your progress using practices relevant to professional music production.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
Your work will take place in our industry-standard facilities in Cambridge, giving you extensive experience of the music production tools you will use in your professional life. These include:
We are planning to organise trips to events that will show you the possibilities for electronic music composition and production, such as the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.
UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.
For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our creative industries portfolios page.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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