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Bachelor of Music in Creative Music Technology

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


Music features in every culture and society around the world, whether for enjoyment or to express and understand messages and ideas. The global music industry is growing and changing, and music professionals now have more career options available to them than ever before.

The Bachelor of Music (MusB) is a specialised three-year degree for those who want to concentrate their studies on Music.

The Bachelor of Music requires a total of 360 points:

135 points of compulsory Music courses

at least 120 points towards a major

120 points of courses in Music or from other degrees.

Students have considerable flexibility in choosing their courses in the second and third years of the MusB degree.

It is possible to combine a music degree with other degrees, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce.

Creative Music Technology

UC’s Creative Music Technology major is all about creating music using a variety of digital and studio-based music technologies. Study acoustics, studio technologies, the latest trends and techniques in digital music making, and learn how to apply these in a creative context.

Career opportunities

By understanding how technology is constantly changing and impacting the way music is created, and learning about the wider role music technology has in the music industry, you will be ready for a career in today's music technology industry.

Some career pathways could include: Music production for games and studio productions Sound design Sound artist Creative coding.

Further study

Postgraduate options at UC include:

  • Bachelor of Music with Honours
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

The Bachelor of Music is open to everyone (except for the Performance major — see below). Having some previous study or knowledge of music will be especially helpful.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate applications: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

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