City, University of London

City, University of London

Composition

The programme provides ideal training for those wishing to enter the professional world of composition and/or proceed to a research degree. We welcome students from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds. The MA Composition develops skills in the broad field of contemporary composition, encompassing notated and digital music, sound art, improvisation and interdisciplinary practices. The course provides a critical context for exploring key topics and issues in contemporary composition as well as a platform for presenting your own work to an audience of peers. Engagement with professional creative practice is at the core of the MA Composition. Students have the opportunity to receive tuition from world-renowned composers external to the department. There are also opportunities to work with City's professional ensembles-in-residence, Plus Minus and EXAUDI.

Course modules

Core modules: Term one Compositional Materials and Technique (30 credits); and Contexts of Composition (30 credits). Term two: Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Process (30 credits). You will also take a 90-credit Composition Portfolio, which runs through terms two and three.

Assessment methods

We assess you in the core and electives modules through either: - A 5000-word essay; or - A project portfolio; or - An extended creative task and accompanying commentary. The end-of-year project comprises one of the following, depending on your pathway: - A dissertation (12,000-15,000 words); or - A major project comprising a film or performance element and dissertation (around 7,500 words); or - A portfolio of compositions: three substantial compositions, or equivalent plus a critical self-evaluative commentary (around 3,000 words), and other forms of documentation as appropriate; or - A creative research project (e.g. extended composition, improvisation-based project, sound recording project, film scoring) and a closely related research essay of around 7,500 words accompanied by other forms of documentation as appropriate.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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