City, University of London

City, University of London

Musical Composition

The programme provides ideal training for those wishing to enter the professional world of music composition and/or proceed to a research degree. 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. We have an outstanding reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education and we offer exceptional support to our students

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants should normally hold (or expect to gain) an upper second class honours degree. While most students come with a first degree in Music, we do consider applicants with a good honours degree in related subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences, if they can demonstrate compositional expertise and experience.

Course modules

On City's MA Composition, you will take three core modules (30 credits each) in which you will enhance your understanding of creative practice and engage critically with compositional techniques, theoretical concepts and current issues in contemporary composition. You will also submit a major 90-credit Composition Portfolio, which allows you to develop and display your creative compositional practice in a variety of ways. Core Modules Term one Compositional Materials and Technique (30 credits) 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 use a range of assessment methods, including projects, portfolio submissions and extended creative tasks and accompanying commentary. On City's MA Composition, you will take three core modules (30 credits each) in which you will enhance your understanding of creative practice and engage critically with compositional techniques, theoretical concepts and current issues in contemporary composition. You will also submit a major 90-credit Composition Portfolio, which allows you to develop and display your creative compositional practice in a variety of ways.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,770 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 6,885 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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