Music and Sound for Screen BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Music and sound are crucial parts of films, television, videogames, and apps. This course will help you prepare for a career in audiovisual media, developing your accomplishments in composition and sound design to a professional level. The course offers training in music composition, orchestration for live and virtual instruments, conducting, and performance. You’ll also be able to select from options in sound recording, audio production, and film theory.

Why study Music and Sound for Screen at Huddersfield?

  • As part of the Yorkshire Film and Television School, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate on projects with students from screenwriting and acting, film making, and production courses.
  • You’ll be supported in submitting your music to professional production music libraries, where several of our students have had their tracks selected for use in Channel 4 and BBC programmes.
  • You’ll study in state-of-the-art professional standard facilities. You’ll have access to a range of recording and studio spaces, including dedicated audiovisual composition and editing software.
  • You will work with commercially successful tutors, internationally recognised researchers, and visiting industry professionals who will help you build on your creative talents.
  • You'll be able to explore the latest new music in the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and get up-close and experience electronic music in action at the Electric Spring Festival.
  • There will be opportunities to mix and work with fellow students who will be aspiring classical, jazz and pop musicians, recording engineers, programmers, audio electronics experts and interface designers.
  • The course is accredited by JAMES.

From day one, you will be introduced to writing music for film. Most of our modules are geared towards giving you musical and technical skills necessary for working in the audiovisual industry. With film composition as a core element every year, complemented by desktop music production, studio engineering, orchestration and sound design (among many options as you progress!), this course aims to make it possible for you to start pitching for work even before you graduate -and our best students do just that. There is an important emphasis on enterprise and awareness of the business side of things as well as more theoretical aspects to round off your education. Your lecturers and guest speakers will include commercially active composers and sound designers that will help give you insight into your future career. If you are serious about working in music and sound for screen, this is your course. 

Music academic with his music software

Julio D'Escrivan, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Music for the Moving Image A

This practical module will develop your key skills in screen composition, arrangement, and orchestration, including the art of creating quality mock-ups using sampled instruments. Classes will examine a range of approaches to composition for film, videogame, television, animation, and music video, and will work towards a portfolio of your own original compositions.

Stylistic Composition

This practical module is ideal for aspiring commercial composers. You will examine a range of musical approaches from the Baroque through to contemporary music, and develop an in-depth understanding of how various styles and genres work - as well as how current film and videogame composers make use of them professionally. You will create your own original music for assessment.

Desktop Music Production 1

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production, including sequencing, sampling, arrangement, and a variety of other sound processing techniques. A range of practical work - both technical and creative - will develop your critical listening and production skills, and seminars will support you in applying these techniques to your own creative work.

Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

This module equips you with the core skills and practical principles involved in producing, engineering, and mixing popular music. You'll gain experience of working in an analogue/digital recording studio, allowing you to put your theoretical understanding to practical use in a range of situations.

Introduction to Audiovisual Research

You will learn how to be a successful and confident independent researcher, gaining the skills to investigate music and musicians across a range audiovisual styles and genres. Lectures and seminars will explore the musical links between aesthetics, society, politics, and technology, and you will focus your coursework on repertoire and issues related to your own developing practice as a composer or sound designer.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Sonic Arts and Electronica 1

This module focuses on sound as a creative medium. As a basis for your own creative work, you will explore electronic music from a range of contexts, including electronica, EDM, IDM, acousmatic music and sound installation work. You will be equipped with the skills to use technology in a creative and imaginative way, leading towards a portfolio of original pieces that demonstrate your awareness of contemporary and historical trends in the sonic arts.

Composition 1

Seminars and small group tutorials will help you explore the fundamentals of musical composition - melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and texture - supported by performances and workshops by visiting artists and ensembles. Preliminary exercises will help you develop your creative skills towards an original portfolio of compositions for piano, voice, and strings.

Performance Skills 1

You will gain hands-on experience of a variety of key musical skills: improvisation; aural awareness; ensemble performance; and evaluating your own and others' performances. A wide range of styles and genres will be explored, and you will work with musicians relevant to your specialism as a pop, classical, or jazz performer.

Film and Television Industries and Law

Screen entertainment is as popular now as it has ever been, but who makes our favourite content and how we access it, is changing dramatically. This module provides you with an insight into the key theories, concepts and methods to help you understand the film and television industries. You’ll also get an introduction to the essentials of entertainment law.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.

Placements


This course offers you the opportunity to take an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after your second year, in the UK or abroad. This provides an opportunity for you to relate theory to practice and to develop skills in a real work environment. Our teaching staff have developed excellent links with local employers and will help you to find a suitable placement if necessary.

Previous placement providers have included Warner Music, Pinewood Studios (Avid), WigWam, Angel Studios, Shoot Productions, the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Co-ordination (IRCAM) in Paris, as well as schools, audio electronics companies, radio stations and various media and production houses.

For more information visit our placements page

My placement has given me a huge insight into the process of working as a musician in so many different spaces in the industry; such as, composing music for film and TV, recording and presenting concerts of original music as an artist, and producing music for other artists.

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Jay Witsey, Creative Music Technology BMus(Hons)

Our Department

Take a look at what studying in the Music Technology department at the University of Huddersfield has to offer, from student experiences to facilities. Click images to find out more.

Your Career


Previous graduates have prepared themselves for what is known as a portfolio career, setting up their own sound/music for image company; providing orchestral scores and arrangements for recording sessions, original soundtracks, library music and sound effects. They may also undertake bespoke sound design for clients. Some students have developed sample packs and set up a production company in their placement year making a smooth transition from being student entrepreneurs to professionals. There is support available after you graduate from our 3M Buckley Innovation Centre where you can get advice on starting your own business. The university also supports students to progress to postgraduate and research study.

A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include Abbey Road Studios, Calrec Audio, ITV, BBC, Kiss FM, British Grove Studios and Metrophonic.**

*Percentage of graduates from these subjects who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn

85-92% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Our technical services team have many years of higher education and industry support experience and provide practical “hands on and online support ” expertise to students in television and film production such as demonstrating camera techniques, sound, lighting and editing in post-production. We also guide students in the use of film, broadcast, and IT software applications as well as access to support guidance information.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications.

In the 2014 REF, 85% of music research at Huddersfield was judged to be Internationally Excellent, with 44% of the overall submission ranked as ‘World-Leading’. In addition to a strong profile of individual research outputs, Huddersfield’s research environment for music was ranked alongside Edinburgh, Southampton, Royal Holloway and Cambridge. The impact of Huddersfield’s music research received the second highest possible score. This acknowledged the breadth and reach of research at Huddersfield, with case studies encompassing innovations in music technology and audio software, historically-informed performance practice in early music, and intercultural exchange in music composition as a model for social change.

For more information, please refer to our research pages.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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