Creative Music Technologies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    5800 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The MA in Creative Music Technologies degree is a skills conversion programme. The programme is aimed at graduates, with musical abilities, who would like to explore musical applications of technology. The programme accepts graduates from any primary degree.

About

The programme is concerned with a range of areas relating to music technology, including composition, sound recording and engineering, computer music programming, and acoustics.

The MA offers full use of computer resources at the Music Technology Labs at Maynooth University; access to studio space, with the possibility of working towards recording and production projects; opportunities to have compositions performed; individual tutorial time with a designated advisor; expert advice on musical and technical issues from composers and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields. 

  • How to Apply

The course is structured around a number of options covering all aspects of Computer Music, from acoustics to computer programming, including audio signal processing, synthesis and recording engineering. In addition, students will complete a research project, which can take the form a composition potfolio or a thesis in a computer music-related topic. Foreign language instruction is also available through the Maynooth University Language Centre.

Recent graduates have been employed in the following areas:

-          PhD study in electronic music composition

-          PhD study in musical interface design

-          Music software development

-          Music Production

-          Post-production

-          Sound engineering

-          Third level education

-          Arts Administration

-          Radio production

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, Maynooth University (NUI Maynooth) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Maynooth University (NUI Maynooth) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Interactive Computing
  • Software Sound Synthesis
  • Sound Recording Techniques
  • Music Systems Programming 1
  • Styles & Ideas
  • Thesis / Portfolio / Project
  • Musical Signal Processing
  • Interactive Systems
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Music Systems Programming 2
  • Music Recording Project
  • Aesthetics Of 20th/21st Century Music

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    585

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    95

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1. Students with a primary degree other than Music would normally have to demonstrate some degree of musical training and affinity. Interview required. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1,000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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