Musical Composition (BMus)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
BMus

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9750

All study options

About Musical Composition at Brunel University London

This programme is aimed at students who wish to study musical composition to an advanced level. It provides a grounding in the main compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries, and helps you to use this understanding in your original work. The skills and experience gained during this course will be useful for anyone wishing to be a composer, whether of concert music or for broadcast, theatre or education.Entry RequirementsAll candidates without either Grade C at Music A-level or equivalent or Grade 8 ABRSM, LCMM or Trinity College will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.GCE A and AS- level 300 tariff points from 3 A-levels plus 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification, including A-level Music (General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted)Advanced Diploma 300 tariff points in Creative and Media, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist LearningIrish 300 tariff points from five subjectsScottish 300 tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 HigherIBDP 31 pointsBTEC ND DDM. BTEC NC is accepted alongside other Level 3 qualifications – please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information. All BTEC candidates will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.Access Pass in a related subjectPractical ABRSM, Guildhall, LCMM or Trinity Grade 8 in an instrument or voice is normally required for performance modules. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants without Grade 8 may be asked to attend an interview and/or audition. For all other qualifications or combinations, contact the Admissions Tutor.Course AimsThis programme is aimed at students who wish to study musical composition to an advanced level. It provides a grounding in the main compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries, and helps you to use this understanding in your original work. The skills and experience gained during this course will be useful for anyone wishing to be a composer, whether of concert music or for broadcast, theatre or education. You will also gain an understanding of significant developments in music from Modernism onwards, and of the broader currents in music history which led to these developments. There are regular opportunities to hear your work played, and options in performance and music technology are available. Course ContentThe degree course is modular. Each module is worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. You’ll have a wide range of modules from which to choose and you can specialise in areas that particularly interest you. The final year project requires you to carry out research on any related topic of your choice. Typical ModulesLevel 1 CoreAcademic Practice Musicianship Music since 1900: Themes and Contexts Principles of Musical CompositionLevel 1 OptionsImprovisation Introduction to Sonic Art Music and Society Principles of Performance Practice Sonic Arts Repertoire StudiesLevel 2 CoreComposition for Soloist(s) Instrumentation and Orchestration Music since 1900: Experiment and TraditionLevel 2 OptionsContemporary Performance II Conducting and Realisation Music and Perception Performance and Live Electronics Popular Music Practice Sonic Arts ProjectLevel 3 CoreMusic since 1900: Modernism and Postmodernism Orchestral and Ensemble Composition Special Project/DissertationLevel 3 OptionsAdvanced Computer Music and Generative Systems Advanced Improvisation Analysis and Sociology of Popular Music Musical and Critical Theory Special Music Topic Professional PracticeBrunel’s School of Arts and Arts Centre have a strong tradition of practical music-making and there are a number of ensembles that you can participate in, including the New Music Ensemble, Jazz bridge, Brunel Vox and New Noise. The Arts Centre holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts featuring visiting performers, music students and staff. Music at Brunel also has associations with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Piano Circus.Teaching and LearningThe music staff includes some of the country’s leading composers and performers, with teaching and research strengths in composition (both acoustic and studio-based), performance, musicology and socio/critical musicology. Modules on this course reflect the expertise of the staff and focus on musical creation and associated technical, cultural and historical issues.AssessmentEach subject employs a wide range of assessment methods. These include coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work and some written examinations.CareersA high proportion of our Music graduates have either progressed to postgraduate study at a university or conservatoire or have entered the music profession as performers, composers, teachers and technicians. Others have entered arts administration, publishing, the media and management. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Students have the opportunity, for example, to develop IT and highly sought-after presentation and communications skills during the course.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBMusHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750
  • The awardBMusHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study5 - 6 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2470International course feesGBP 9750

Entry requirements for this course

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