This course is for those undertaking creative work involving sound, including notated or recorded compositions; improvisations; sound art; visual art with a sound component; music theatre; performance art; installations etc. It includes studies in technique; repertoire; artistic ideas; working with instruments and performers; audio/video technology and practical issues in bringing your creative work to performance.
The course welcomes students from a remarkably broad range of backgrounds, and creative work produced for it can be extremely diverse. You are encouraged to experiment with a huge range of possibilities. Staff have specialisms in concert music; dance music; experimental music and art; video art with sound; improvisation. Some musical skills are expected, including the ability to read music and a working knowledge of basic music technology.
The MA in Composition is a one-year full-time course, involving both taught components and a portfolio of independent, supervised creative work, totaling 90 credits.
The programme can also be taken part-time over 24 months (by day). The course structure for part-time students would be subject to agreeement with the Department of Music.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
MU6030 Research Skills (5 credits)
MU6038 Noise (5 credits)
MU6039 Praxis 1(10 credits)
MU6040 Praxis 2 (10 credits)
MU6041 Agora (5 credits)
MU6031 Sound Studies and Musicology (5 credits)
20 credits of elective modules from the following list, or from elsewhere in the university, subject to the agreement of the programme co-ordinator.
MU6007 Digital Music and Media Composition and Orchestration I (10 credits)
MU6008 Digital Music and Media Composition and Orchestration II (10 credits)
MU6035 The Body in Creative Arts Practice (10 credits)
MU6036 Music and Popular Culture (10 credits)
MU6037 Music and Cinema (10 credits)
MU6034 Multidisciplinary Debates in Ethnomusicology and Musicology (5 credits)
MU6004 Performance Practice (15 credits)
MU6026 Performance Workshop (15 credits)
MU6024 Portfolio (30 credits)
Course Code: CKE78 Full-time; CKD50 Part-time
Course Title: Music - Composition
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 Year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,000 (Extras: Purchase of books, optional purchase of software, optional purchase of specialist equipment) (the 2016/2017 fees will be confirmed in March)
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have a 2.2 BA degree or equivalent in Music, plus demonstrated experience in creating music (see detailed entry requirements).
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
The taught courses are assessed through several assignments undertaken during and after the courses. The portfolio consists of several compositions/artworks submitted in September.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note that you will also be asked to download and printan additional special SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM during the online applications process for the MA in Composition.The completed SupplementaryInformation formfor the MA in Composition programme and additional relevant enclosures (i.e. Portfolio of compositional work in whatever form is suitable - such as recordings, videos, scores, documentary recording of installations (including pictures etc)computer programmes for live interactive electronics etc.)MUST be posted DIRECTLY to the MA in Composition Course Coordinator (Mr John Godfrey), Department of Music, University College Cork marked with your PAC application number - which you will be issued when you completed your online postgraduate application). This Supplementary Candidates Statement form is available to view here: CKE78Supplementaryform (40kB)