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.
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.
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
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:
No work experience is required.
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Experience the best of both worlds at Maynooth University, the first and only university outside North America to be included in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook. Maynooth University is Ireland’s fastest growing university with almost 9,000 students from over 90 countries and offers students a tradition of academic and research excellence in the humanities and sciences, and some of the most modern facilities available in Irish universities. The historical South Campus dates back to 1795 and the modern North Campus has been continuously improving the facilities built since 1997.