Music Composition, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 13500
    Tuition (Year)
    4841
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
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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.
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About

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.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

Academic 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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • EUR 4841 EEA
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