Music and media

The Department of Music and Media is a hub of passion and creativity, and home to internationally respected academics.

Our music courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and top ten in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019. There’s so much that goes into these rankings, including our excellent performance and recording facilities. We’re home to three professional-standard music studios, edit rooms, practice rooms and a TV studio.

Our students and our staff achieve the incredible every day. In the last year one of our Tonmeister graduates won a prestigious Emmy award; our Department of Music and Media hosted the first Digital Media Arts Degree Show at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London; one of our students won the annual Joyce Dixey competition for his composing; our Department of Music and Media welcomed more than 80 talented musicians to our campus for the third University Orchestra Day; and two of our professors premiered their new piece at the NYUAD Arts Centre in Abu Dhabi.

Our Department of Music and Media is home to three excellent research centres: the Digital World Research Centre, the Institute of Sound Recording, and the International Guitar Research Centre. Our research has an international reputation for integrating practice with theory.

Our graduates go on to do incredible things. Such as Johnny Yates, a composer for TV and film; Lee Reynolds, who works for the London Symphony Orchestra; Kristen Parry, who is the Musical Director for the University of Surrey Gospel Choir; and Odaline de la Martinez, who has enjoyed a successful international career as a composer, conductor and producer, and was the first woman to conduct a full BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

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