Module code: MUSM046

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 270

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment COMMENTARY 20

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Creative Practice A, and the permission of the Module Convenor.

Module overview

This module affords the opportunity to create work that is a hybrid of traditional divisions of creative practice (conception, creation and execution) and the means of a work's realisation (including both acoustic and electronic technologies). This might include (but is not limited to) such practices as sound/video art installation, adaptive game music, sonification, DJing, live coding, digital and/or free improvisation and generative composition.

Module aims

Enable you to develop your skills as a creative practitioner, technically and artistically.

Apply improvisational and collaborative working methods as appropriate to your area of specialism.

Realise an original programme of work across any combination of creative practice including, for example, composition, performance, improvisation, musical arrangement, studio and live-electronic production or mixed/multi-media production.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work. KP
2 Aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work. KC
3 A professional level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice, issues and debates relevant to the particular sphere of work KC
4 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work PT
5 Show originality in problem solving T
6 Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Through guided tutorial support with the department’s theorists and practitioners you will aim to develop your understanding and practice of your particular sphere of work. You will be expected to participate in Departmental concerts and events and take a close interest in the events, concerts, recordings, broadcasts, and media related to your area of practice. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary initiatives are encouraged as appropriate. Depending on the area of work, instrumental tuition may form part of the course content.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a student’s creative practice, critical reflection and understanding of domains where the conventional divisions between such roles as composer, performer, programmer and technician are blurred.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Plenary sessions
Class Discussion
Instrumental Tuition (as appropriate to specialism)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Conceptual and practical understanding and engagement with the student’s particular domain of creative practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Commentary (LO 1-3)
Folio (LO 1-6)

Formative assessment and Feedback

There are no formative assessments for this module, but tutorials will allow feedback on students’ work in progress, both in terms of conception and practical execution.

Detailed feedback on the written commentary and portfolio of works are given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in written format (as well as the option for a post-assessment tutorial) in order to enhance continuing creative practice.

Reading list

Reading list for CREATIVE PRACTICE B :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Composition) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Creative Practice) MMus 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Performance) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Conducting) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.