Module code: MUSM047

Module Overview

This module focuses exclusively on the completion of a substantial and individualistic body of 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 provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

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

Module content

Through guided tutorial support with the department’s theorists and practitioners you will aim to advance your understanding and practice of your particular sphere of work. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary initiatives are encouraged as appropriate. Depending on the area of work, instrumental tuition may form part of the course content.

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:

  • Folio Submission (LO 1-8)

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.

Module aims

  • Enable you to develop advanced 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
1 Techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work. KCP
2 Aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work. KC
3 Applied improvisational skills. KP
4 Professional standards and methods of practice and presentation. PT
5 High level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice relevant to the particular sphere of work.  KC
6 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work. KCP
7 Show originality in problem solving. T
8 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

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

  • Seminars

  • Workshops

  • Tutorials

  • Performance

  • Presentation

  • Instrumental Tuition (as appropriate to specialism)

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


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.