BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre
Music and Performance
On campus, dual delivery
The sound and music industry is transforming. Traditional careers are adapting to include creative industries that require skills in sound and music production. The broadcast, film, theatre, games and immersive experience industries are growing and thriving.
We see opportunities for multi-skilled, digitally fluent, dynamic and adaptable sound and music creators, who can initiate and present innovative ideas in modern and engaging ways.
The BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre is part of a suite of programmes for applied practice in professional industry contexts. The key features of these programmes are: A focus on Ideas, Creative Enterprise and Collaboration, Portfolio of Transferable Skills, Professional Industry Projects
You will develop and apply a range of specialist technical and creative skills in sound and music production, working collaboratively within interdisciplinary projects modelled on professional practice in the theatre industry.
The principal focus of the Sound and Music for Theatre will be Music Composition and Production, Sound Design, Music Direction and Actor-Musicianship, Sound Craft for Theatre, with some elements shared with other programmes in the suite.
Students will have the opportunity to specialise in developing specialist skills and collaborative projects, building a professional practice portfolio that represents the breadth of their skills and experience, both within the specialist field of Sound and Music for Media, and also across the range of skills sets within the sound and music programme suite.
The programme capitalises on links with thriving media and art and design programmes at the University of East London (including media production, animation, film, immersive experience), and links with professionals and companies within the audio production industry.
The programme features a placement module and a placement year, which will provide significant opportunity to exploit links with industry, and enrich your experience, transforming your opportunities for employment within the sector.
Tristan Parkes, Programme Leader
BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre
This course explores both the age-old traditional and the state-of-the-art digital routes taken in the creation of music and sound design and how both these routes enhance the other greatly; particularly in a booming performing arts industry that is hungry for new, exciting and original content.
What you'll learn
offering you a unique opportunity to develop and apply specialist skills in
collaborative industry-focused projects.
You will develop a range of practical skills and techniques, and collaboration skills, while developing an understanding of the professional, cultural, social, and technological contexts of your practice.
If you join in the foundation year, you will have the opportunity to transform and develop your existing experience and skills in creative practice and establish key academic skills to prepare you for undergraduate study.
The first year of undergraduate study develops core technical and creative skills in key areas of disciplinary practice and collaboration. You will participate in industry-modelled projects in collaboration with students from other related disciplines.
In the second year you will experiment further, explore different approaches to individual and collaborative practice, engaging with external practitioners and organisations, and developing employability skills as part of a Professional Life module.
In the third year of study you will become more focused on the development of your own specialist ideas, practice and research, individually and in collaboration with others, internal and external to the University.
You will graduate with a rich and dynamic digital portfolio to present to industry professionals and future employers.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.
- Sound and Music Skills 1
- Group Work 1
- Professional Outcomes
- Sound and Music Skills 2
- Group Work 2
- Mental Wealth: Professional Life
- Sound and Music for Theatre Technique 1
- Collaboration 1
- Public Project 1
- Sound and Music for Theatre Technique 2
- Collaboration 2
- Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)
- Sound and Music for Theatre Craft 1
- Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1
- Public Project 2
- Sound and Music for Theatre Craft 2
- Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
- Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
- Sound and Music for Theatre: Advanced Practice and Innovation
- Final Project: Research and Development
- Public Project 3
- Sound and Music for Theatre: Advanced Practice and Enterprise
- Final Project: Engagement and Impact
- Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)
How you'll be assessed
Professional practice, innovation, enterprise and engagement will be modelled and applied in live projects and assessed through the development of an online creative portfolio. Each piece of coursework will be presented as a digital portfolio.
Assessment of portfolios is split as follows: 80% Practice Portfolio and 20% Coursework Portfolios.
Practice portfolios are used to capture multi-dimensional evidence relating to the product of a creative process (e.g. soundtrack, composition, installation, improvisation, workshop, site-specific activity, interactive artefact (e.g. interactive documentary or website), and other artefacts relating to the creation of this material, including formative assessment evidence (e.g. plans, notes, storyboards, evidence of collaborative development / devising).
Practice and Theory are integrated, so that research skills, critical reflection and evaluation, and contextual studies are embedded in your project work throughout the programme.
How you'll learn
journey may begin at Foundation level, where you will establish core skills and
techniques in common projects: Music Performance, Music Production, Studio
Production, Sound Design and Creative Portfolio Development.
At level 4 you will begin to focus on developing specialist techniques for your chosen programme pathway, as well as collaborating in live projects with students from other programmes, including Music, Games, Media, Theatre, and Dance: Urban Practice.
Level 4 Projects:
Music Skills, Producing an EPK, Imaginary Productions, Linear Recording Methods, Sound Design and the Environment, My Music My Revolution, Performance Skills 1, Live Collision, Sound Design for Adaptive Contexts, Creative Portfolio Production.
At level 5 all programmes will take common projects that develop core skills in creative practice and contextual awareness, and specialist projects:
Narrative Production, Design Thinking, Creative Agency, Our Music Our Revolution.
Sound and Music for Film, Performance Skills 2, Instant Composition, Creative Capture and Production, Sound Craft, Linear Composition, Adaptive Audio Programming, Sound and Music Direction
At level 6 the key focus will be upon a pattern of research, development, implementation and impact, through which you will develop a portfolio of advanced practice and skills innovation, and a final project portfolio.
Your future career
and Music programmes at the University of East London develop an existing base of core skills in sound
and music creation and production and apply these to specific industrial
contexts in collaborative projects that simulate professional practice, and
which integrate with the media industry in live projects.
The BA Sound and Music for Theatre programme will develop a core set of skills in Music Composition and Production, Sound Design, Music Direction and Actor-Musicianship, Sound Craft for Theatre, and will also develop transferrable skills (linked to UEL Core Competencies and the Career Passport) for the creative industries.
Students will be able to collaborate and participate in a range of projects, resulting in a portfolio of project work that represents a broad range of skills and experience, with depth of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills.
This approach anticipates a diverse world of work, building skills in learners to create coherence and impact that is transferrable across multiple contexts.