Music and Sound for Image BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Film, TV, computer games – we’ll help you learn how to apply sound to the moving image, looking at composition, orchestration, recording and performance.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

See full entry requirements



Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472007

About the course

Films, TV, computer games, even apps, so much of the media we experience nowadays comes with sound and music. If you enjoy working on your own compositions and sound design, and you’re excited by what you could accomplish, this course could help you prepare for a career in creating music for imagery.

Right from the start we’ll give you the chance to immerse yourself in an environment ideally suited to working with sound. The course offers training in music composition, orchestration, conducting and performance. You’ll also be able to get involved in sound recording, audio production, sound design and film theory.

The facilities at Huddersfield are of a professional standard. You’ll have plenty of recording and composition studio space to use if you need it. And we make sure to keep upgrading the equipment, so we’re always up-to-date with the industries you want to go into.

We believe in being collaborative too. The course is at the centre of a hive of creativity. You’ll be able to mix and work with fellow students who will be aspiring classical and pop musicians, recording engineers, programmers, audio electronics experts and interface designers.

While you’re here you might be able to work with some leading practitioners from the world of sound and vision too. We’ve previously hosted visits from Ray Russell, the documentary film composer who worked on A Touch of Frost, producers Charlie Russell and Brad Spence, drummers Mike Heaton, Bill Bruford and Craig Blundell, guitarist Alex Hutchins and jazz saxophonists Snake Davis and Andy Scott.

Every November you’ll be able to see contemporary music in action at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK’s largest contemporary music festival, and the label-defying Electric Spring Festival.

Our Music Technology courses draw on expertise from our engineering and technology, and music and drama departments where we offer a breadth of experience unparalleled in higher education. Add to that some of the best studio facilities you will find on a university campus, professional accreditation, world-leading researchers, and collaborative links with industry, and it is difficult to find a reason not to select this as one of your choices when it comes to studying a music technology course.

Stewart Worthy

Stewart Worthy, Subject Leader, Music and Music Technology


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.

The placement scheme not only gave me an unprecedented opportunity, but was a lot of fun. The resources that the Music/Music Tech department offered allowed me to enjoy projects and gave me great experience with equipment that would become essential to my career. 

Andy Copeland

Andy Copeland, Music Technology BMus(Hons)

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in Music or Music Technology

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level or Distinction in BTEC in Music or Music Technology

  • DDM in Music Technology or Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • A good standard of musical literacy for those not offering A Level Music. Practical and theory music grades are accepted in the total points (see UCAS tariff)
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above to include modules in Music or Music Technology
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in Music or Music Technology.

For international students:

You should provide examples of computer-based composition via a CD or url.

You'll also be required to demonstrate your music theory ability, ideally to Grade 8 ABRSM (this could come from the exam or from any piece of notation - for example harmony exercises or compositions).

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Music Technology at Huddersfield

Why choose to study Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield? The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Students talk about their experiences here at the University: what they like about their courses and what they enjoy most outside of the curriculum.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Audiovisual Research

This module will introduce you to a range of approaches to studying music and music technology. You will develop research, source-handling, evaluation, and critical-thinking skills and apply these to repertoires, cultures, and issues appropriate to the study and creation of audiovisual media. Linked lectures and seminars will increase your knowledge of key themes, concerns, and contexts in audiovisual research and appropriate elements of wider music studies. You will have opportunities to debate your ideas with others and develop your confidence as an increasingly independent researcher.

Desktop Music Production 1

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production. Areas covered will include the basics of sequencing, sampling and a range of other sound processing techniques, as well as their creative application. You will also explore approaches to arrangement in production. Through practical work, both technical and creative, you will develop your critical listening and production skills. Seminars will support the application of production techniques and ideas

Music for the Moving Image A

This is a film music composition module that explores the relationship between the soundtrack and moving image. You will aim to develop an understanding of the historical context of the soundtrack from silent film to the present day through composition work. In this way the module encourages you to develop a practical understanding of the functions that music and sound have on film, whilst teaching the elements of film composition, arrangement and orchestration. Creating believable mock-ups with sampled instruments is a core skill to develop here. While there is a strong focus on film, the module also looks at games music, TV idents, animation and music video.

Stylistic Composition

You will attend weekly lectures and seminars that explore a variety of stylistic compositional approaches from Baroque to 20th Century. The emphasis will not be on originality but on developing a heightened sense of stylistic awareness through the close examination of a work’s instrumentation and compositional materials as well as its form and structure. In addition to utilising works within their original context, the module will use examples that demonstrate ways in which these stylistic idioms have been drawn upon and adapted by the modern film composer. You will produce a short folio of compositions in term one and an extended composition with commentary in term two.

Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

This module introduces the core concepts, theory and practical principles involved in producing, engineering and mixing popular music. Practical experience is gained in an analogue/digital recording studio.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Sonic Arts and Electronica 1

As a basis for your own creative work with sound, this module will introduce you to a broad range of electronic music and models for thinking about sound as a creative medium. You will listen to, and practically explore, electronic music from a range of contexts, including electronica, EDM, IDM, acousmatic music and sound installation work. Supported by study Desktop Music Production 1 you will create original pieces that demonstrate an awareness of contemporary and historical trends in the sonic arts, using technology in a creative and imaginative manner.

Composition 1

This module offers an essential introduction to the fundamentals of composition by exploring the various musical parameters of melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and texture through a series of preliminary exercises given in seminars and group tutorials. In term two you will be able to build on this knowledge through the creation of a portfolio of short pieces for keyboard, voice and strings. The second term also includes demonstrations and performances from visiting professional artists. Assessment is though portfolio of coursework.

Performance Skills 1

This module is designed to help you to gain key skills in general musicianship. You will learn about and practice skills in improvisation and aural awareness, as well as gain experience in critical evaluation of concerts and your own development as a musician. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience in ensemble performance and participation. Assessment consists of practical tests and coursework assignments in which you will demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills through written assignments, music performance, and practical tests of your musicianship.

Teaching and assessment

13% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. Teaching is split between large group lectures and computer and studio based seminars, workshops and masterclasses. Final year studio tutorials are in small groups of one to six students and there's a welcome community of peer evaluation and feedback that is nurtured at all levels across all degree courses.

Study and assessments will be based on your choice of modules; this can include performances, compositions, presentations, examinations, learning journals, portfolios, recitals, essays and technical documents. The final year large project is based on your choice of specialism. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  • Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, Dec 2016)
  • We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
  • For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.


The University of Huddersfield is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of music researchers. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications. Our international postgraduate student community includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists.

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 tied for 7th in the sector, alongside Edinburgh, Southampton, Royal Holloway and Cambridge. The impact of Huddersfield’s music research was judged to be 5th among the 84 submissions in music, drama, dance and performing arts, receiving the second highest possible score. The ranking for impact acknowledges the breadth and reach of research at Huddersfield, with impact 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.

There are five research centres in Music Technology; the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), the Huddersfield Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR), Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MUGI), the Sound.Music.Image Collaboration Research Centre (SMIC) and the Popular Music Studies Research Group.

For more information, please refer to our research pages.

Music Technology Department

Take a look what 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

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and / or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

90%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.

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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