Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Music Computing is a creative discipline that combines performance, composition, musicology, design, psychoacoustics, digital signal processing, and computer science. You will learn to create your own music software rather than using pre'made products, to further your artistic goals and to help pioneer the future of electronic music and digital audio production. At Goldsmiths, Music Computing is an interdisciplinary programme offered between the Music and Computing departments. After your first year, you can choose to pursue a more technical or artistic path of study, leading to either a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. Sound engineering, music production and studio techniques are not the primary focus of Music Computing, and applicants wishing to study these subjects are advised to apply elsewhere. Music computing is a rapidly evolving, innovative subject, and the degree is designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in the culture industries, in music technology and in audio, music and media'related computing. You'll develop understanding across the broad fields of computer science, creative practice and musical research. You'll study with a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers, writers, and computing experts. There are professional and student'led recitals, concerts, workshops and other music events taking place every week, with opportunities to perform at Goldsmiths and in public venues. You'll be within easy reach of central London's many venues, concert halls, opera houses and research libraries, providing a great international focus. Employers look for initiative'driven graduates who think critically about their actions, work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. This degree will help you develop these skills ' sometimes without you noticing!

Course Modules

Year 1 core courses: Approaches to contemporary music; creative audio'visual computing; creative music technology; data representations and architecture modelling; introduction to programming; music computing 1. options (one of the following) analytical and contextual studies; popular music: history, style, technique; tonal harmony and form; western art music: repertoire and development. Year 2 core courses: Music computing 2; perception and multi'media computing; principles and application of programming part 1. Options (3 of the following) arranging: jazz and commercial music; composition: creative strategies; language of jazz; media composition; music aesthetics; music and modernism; music and postmodernism; music of Africa and Asia; music in film; music, communication and identity; musical style and historical culture; music, technology and production; musicians, commerce and commodification; orchestration; romanticism and musical structures; studio composition; studio techniques; principles and application of programming part 2; Year 3 core course: Music computing major project. Options (choose any 4 from Groups A and/or B).R = Recommended (not compulsory) Group A: algorithm design and analysis (r); artificial intelligence (r); computer security; data compression; data mining (r); decision support systems; e'commerce; enterprise networking; introduction to mathematical modelling in management; language, design and implementation; logic programming (r); neural networks (r); physical computing (r); the semantic web; user interface design; website design, implementation and management. Group B: aesthetics of performance; analysis and new music; improvisation; minimalism and postminimalism; Mozart's operas: sources and documents; narrative, representation and the popular song; performing southeast Asian music; phonography; psychological approaches to music; Soviet music and beyond; topics in African American music.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £13,340  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
BMus (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • Portfolio
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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83% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 66%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 10

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 20%

Total Coursework: 80%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation