Module code: MUSM045

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, experimental DJing, live coding, digital and/or free improvisation and generative composition.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HALL Thomas (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for students on Creative Practice pathway, otherwise by permission from module leader.

Module content

The following is an indication of the likely content of the module:

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. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


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:

  • Portfolio (LO 1-6) and Commentary (LO 1-3, 5)

Assessment and Feedback

Tutorials will give formative assessment on students’ work in progress, both in terms of conception and practical execution.

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

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 Ref
001 Techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work. KP
002 Aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work. KC
003 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
004 Demonstrate a comprehensive development of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work PT
005 Show originality in problem solving T
006 Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 134

Lecture Hours: 8

Tutorial Hours: 8

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a student’s conceptual, contextual and practical knowledge of free improvisation (in both the acoustic and digital domains) as a tool for creative musicianship.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Plenary sessions

  • Seminars

  • Workshops

  • Class Discussion

  • Performance

  • Presentation

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CREATIVE PRACTICE A :

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 2020/1 academic year.