M.A. Music Composition

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR13500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR4841 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Maynooth, Ireland
The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individual’s personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.

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The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individual’s personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.

Career Options

Numerous career options are available: composer, arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, arts management, essayist/ critic, etc. In addition many ‘non-arts’ based companies also look for creative, independent employees; traits that this course cultivates.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR13500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR4841 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Course Structure

The course is taught over two semesters. There are 6 taught courses led by four of Ireland’s most experienced composers. The degree will culminate in a portfolio of original compositions, putting into practice and developing upon what is demonstrated throughout the course.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time

Courses Include:

  • Interactive systems
  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Software sound synthesis
  • Sound recording techniques
  • Acoustics & psychoacoustics
  • Portfolio of compositions
  • Contemporary compositional techniques I
  • Contemporary compositional techniques II
  • Aesthetics of 20th/21st century music
  • Styles & ideas

Requirements

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

Submission of examples of recent composition to the course convenor at the time of application demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 Bachelor Degree level composition skills. Competition for places applies.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Ireland when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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