Music with Game Design Studies BA (Hons)

Key information


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This programme combines BA Music with a Minor pathway in Game Design Studies – a new and distinctive provision in the study of interactive audiovisual media. This new offering in Game Design Studies builds on the Department of Music’s established reputation for the study of sound and music in gaming and other multimedia, and teaching is supported by a range of dedicated, industry-standard facilities.

Programme in detail

While the Music component focuses on developing an in-depth and critical historical understanding of classical music repertoires, cultures, and practices, it also offers flexibility through a generous range of optional modules. Some modules are practical in nature, and cover composition, performance, orchestration, and music technology; others are more theoretical, examining classical music history, music analysis, and music psychology, or even the music industry.

The Minor pathway will introduce you to the study of video games, which includes topics such as the history and development of gaming cultures, the complex nature of interactive media, and the critical issues that accompany engagement with virtual worlds, multicursal narratives, and dynamic musical content. Digital games represent one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment media: consequently, there is a growing need for many jobs that are not only in the games industry, but in surrounding industries as well. This programme develops a wide range of skills that prepare students for employment at various entry points in the job market, including content creation, publishing, journalism, and marketing.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

66 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

94% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Facts and figures

We created the Institute of Popular Music in 1988, becoming the first Department of Music in the UK to introduce dedicated, specialist popular music studies and research

Why this subject?

Working in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

We are intrinsically connected to the city, working closely with musical and cultural partners, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. This particular partnership extends across the spectrum of the Department’s activities, with the Orchestra’s musicians making frequent visits to campus, providing lessons and coaching, including through our undergraduate scholarship scheme, and undergraduate and postgraduate composition workshops.

Take advantage of composition opportunities

Traditional, electro-acoustic, and audio-visual composition, as well as popular composition/song-writing, are all represented in the Department. We also offer composition for film and TV media, as well as digital gaming.

Develop your confidence through performance

Although not compulsory, if you wish to pursue performance then we offer tuition, workshops and support to enhance your development as a performer. Among the many ensembles, there is a symphony orchestra, a university choir, and a chamber choir, while the University’s Music Society runs a wind orchestra, a brass band and a jazz band. We run a weekly professional lunchtime concert series. We are also home to numerous pop and rock groups, covering many styles, and many of our students perform at local venues and open-mic nights.

Benefit from studying in a well-established Department

We were one of the very first places to offer university-level provision in popular music, and our dedicated research centre, the Institute of Popular Music, was the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music.

Learn from music analysis and psychology experts

We offer a critical approach that encourages you to develop your own unique ways of analysing music from a broad range of repertoires and invites you to explore many new possibilities for appreciating the sonic experience of music. We offer modules in music psychology and musical emotion, which are increasingly popular with students wishing to become music therapists.

Benefit from access to excellent facilities and learning resources

Investment in our facilities has provided additional studios, practice rooms, a games research lab and a large rehearsal space: take a virtual tour. Students enjoy excellent library facilities, which include online books as well as archive print materials, online services and learning spaces.