Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

W3I1

Length

1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree).

Department

Music
Computing

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BMus/BSc Electronic Music, Computing and Technology.

Why study Integrated Degree in Electronic Music Computing and Technology (including Foundation Year)

  • In this course, you'll work towards creating your own tools for music-making, developing your own digital musical instruments, building interactive installations, composing or working in sound design
  • This interdisciplinary programme provides the opportunity to build these skills and will prepare you for university life and to study our BMus/BSc Electronic Music, Computing and Technology
  • You'll develop a range of interdisciplinary and academic skills in music and computing
  • As well as developing your own musical practice in composition, you'll learn key skills in computing
  • With the help of personal and one-to-one tuition, you'll develop essential knowledge in areas such as mathematics and programming, creative musical skills, and academic skills such as essay writing, setting you up for success in your undergraduate degree
  • You'll have the chance to make and explore different styles of music with students across the Department of Music. Styles are varied and include laptop ensembles, instrumental ensembles, open mic nights, gamelan, mbira and improvising groups.
  • You'll also have the opportunity to perform at open mics, student-run showcase and PureGold, our annual music festival that celebrates music created and performed at Goldsmiths.
  • Studying in New Cross means you'll be within easy reach of South East London's many venues during your time with us, as well as those across the capital.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Jenn Kirby or Naomi Matsumoto.

What you'll study

You'll study the following compulsory modules during your foundation year.

Module title Credits
Introduction to Musicology 15 credits
Foundation for Composition 15 credits
Foundations of Programming 30 credits
Foundations of Mathematics for Computing 30 credits
Academic, Professional and Study Skills 30 credits

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Between 2020 and 2022 we needed to make some changes to how programmes were delivered due to Covid-19 restrictions. For more information about past programme changes please visit our programme changes information page.

Entry requirements

We would normally expect applicants to have some level 3 study equivalent to grade C at A Level or PP in a BTEC Diploma, however, we will also consider experience of music technology or electronic music composition and production. Offers will be made specific to your educational background and experience.
 
Admission is by interview and/or by submission of a portfolio. The portfolio should include two tracks of original music and a written description of experience in music, technology and computing.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

To find out more about your fees, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Our degrees aim to equip you with a wide range of skills to meet the current demands of industry and increase your career prospects.

This integrated degree is designed to provide the basis of knowledge, understanding and skills for a wide range of careers in fields related to music and computing. These include:

  • Teaching
  • Performing
  • Creative work in the media
  • Arts administration
  • Publishing and retailing
  • Record companies and production
  • Community musicianship
  • Technical work in radio or television
  • Audio development
  • Creative coding
  • Sound design

In particular, our module in Academic, Professional and Study Skills, in collaboration with our Careers service, gives you advice based on your personal career goals. The foundational skills in programming and mathematics within the Computing modules could lead to career opportunities in application programming, mobile app development, or web development.

The programme as a whole provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate the wide range of transferable skills that employers are seeking, and students would have access to specialist support via our Careers service, and via specialist Careers events run by the Department in conjunction with Careers and as part of our Dept Employability Action Plan.

Employment and industry links

The Music Department has strong links with the music industry, employing professional musicians, producers, and artists as guest speakers and as lecturers. We also present frequent, high-profile speakers from the music industry at our talks and events. Recently, these have included Dave Okumu, Nigel Godrich, Darkstar, Mica Levi, Matana Roberts, and Arts Council Music Relationship Managers.

Beyond music, you’ll get a strong grounding in skills that are important to the world of work. Employers look for initiative-driven people who think critically about their actions, work well with others and adapt quickly and creatively to new ideas. All of these skills are developed as part of this wide-ranging Foundation.

Industrial placement year

If you progress to the BMus/BSc Electronic Music Computing and Technology degree, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an optional Industrial Placement Year between the second and third year of study. This gives you an invaluable opportunity to develop the practical skills and real-world experience that is sought after by employers. You’ll be supported throughout your placement year by a placement tutor, who provides you with guidance and liaises between you and your employer.

Skills and careers

The programme is designed with careers in music technology and music computing in mind. It fosters the development of interdisciplinary understanding across the broad fields of computer science, creative practice and musical research, and 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.

Staff

You'll learn from experts across the Department of Music and the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths. Staff on this programme include: