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The Business of Classical Music MA is an exciting and unique programme for anyone interested in progressing their career in the classical music industry, or entering or developing a career in arts management. Read more
The Business of Classical Music MA is an exciting and unique programme for anyone interested in progressing their career in the classical music industry, or entering or developing a career in arts management. The MA includes a significant work experience dimension with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The organisation includes the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra; the Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and an extensive learning and education programme.

Because the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is both a professional symphony orchestra and a venue presenting close to 400 concerts and events annually, the organisation has become fluent in the widest range of managerial specialisms. Students will be able to access this deep and rich body of experience in the lecture theatre and within the Liverpool Philharmonic, itself. In your first semester, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chief Executive and Executive Team will be guest speakers and in the second semester they will supervise a period of internship within the organisation with the opportunity to become familiar with the operation, management and development of a professional symphony orchestra. You will enjoy privileged access to concerts throughout your study and meet members of the orchestra and administration team in ways not available to the general public or students on other programmes.

As a consequence of the unique placement opportunity, you will graduate from this master's programme with enhanced employment prospects. These prospects will be enriched not just by exposure to the best minds of an historic and thriving institution but by the support we give you to complete a dissertation in your chosen specialist field. A dissertation is an extended piece of work that involves the generation of new research data. With access to Royal Liverpool Philharmonic employees you have the opportunity to explore aspects of the organisation’s offer that especially intrigue you. The University’s Department of Music has a long history in music industry studies and our staff will be able to give you the detailed academic support you require to realise a substantial study that helps demonstrate your newly developed expertise to prospective employers. Your CV will be improved and your skill levels will be raised in substantial and rewarding ways.

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The Master of Music (MMus) is designed for students who've already gained an Honours-level qualification in Music. It's an advanced, one-year programme of study. Read more

The Master of Music (MMus) is designed for students who've already gained an Honours-level qualification in Music. It's an advanced, one-year programme of study. You'll be guided by experts who will supervise you in individual sessions. You'll complete substantial-sized tasks focused on your chosen area of specialty. During this process, you'll develop your skills and expertise, and show an understanding of the content of your work. You'll also develop the attributes you need to work in this field.

Is your passion for performing music? During your MMus, you'll learn how to work towards a public musical recital, right up to the actual performance. This process involves planning and preparation, the integration of music research with performance, and you'll develop skills to be able to demonstrate each step leading up to your recital.

Are you more interested in composition? You'll be given the opportunity to create a significant body of original music.  You'll develop the skills to write music to a professional standard, suitable for being performed in public at a concert or similar event.

Links with Music Professionals and Associations

When you study for your MMus at Waikato, you'll have opportunities to network with professional groups working in the music industry. You'll be able to participate in your musical field and this will help you grow as a professional musician.

Are you interested in orchestral work? Waikato's MMus programme has links with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Opus Orchestra. There are links with Chamber Music New Zealand and Opera New Zealand. In terms of local groups, Waikato has links with the Hamilton School of Instrumental Music, the Hamilton Community Centre of Music, the Waikato Museum Concert Series, Arts Waikato and the Hamilton Civic Choir.

As far as other music-related groups and associations go, Waikato has connections with Atoll Records, New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers, Radio New Zealand Concert, the Composers Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Music Examinations Board.

There are links with international organisations, including publishing companies: the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press, USA), Australasia Computer Music Association, Electronic Music Foundation (USA) and the Sonic Arts Network (UK). Also from overseas, there are links to Oxford Music on Line (Oxford Uni Press), Cambridge, UK, St Paul's Concert Series, Herne Hill, London, the Interlochen Arts Academy, USA and the Australian Centre for Interactive Design – Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Career Opportunities

By the end of your MMus, you'll be working at a professional level in your chosen field. If your passion is performance, you may choose to pursue a career as a studio musician or solo performer, in a chamber group or orchestra, or do experimental or theatrical work. You may prefer to go on to work in broadcasting or in radio, television or recording production. Perhaps you'd like to work in film or video music production, or in multi-media creation. You could alternatively work as a musical director or producer.

You may use your MMus to work in a role as an arts administrator, communications coordinator or in community development (for tribal authorities). You may like to work in human-computer interface development or as an educator, in the primary, secondary or tertiary sectors. Perhaps you'd like to work as a journalist or as a librarian or information consultant and music technician.



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Become a highly-skilled and highly-aware ensemble musician, and achieve a professional standard in your orchestral ensemble performance through a practical internship with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • Become a highly-skilled and highly-aware ensemble musician, and achieve a professional standard in your orchestral ensemble performance through a practical internship with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Develop the confidence to perform at your peak under pressure in audition, recording, and performance settings
  • Understand and develop the mental and emotional capabilities necessary for consistent skill execution and positive performance experiences
  • Establish the entrepreneurial skills to assist you in your early career as an orchestral musician
  • Learn to identify, prevent, and manage health risks associated with playing your instrument for extended time periods

Delivered through an industry partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) is the first and only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region offering elite-level training for aspiring orchestral musicians.

At the core of this intensive two-year program is Orchestral Experience, a series of intensive learning experiences in which students will engage with the full spectrum of repertoire and performance contexts of the modern symphony orchestra, and be paired with a private instructor for direct one-to-one teaching. This is offered alongside a Performance Practicum, which enables students to gain professional orchestral performance experience with Australia’s oldest symphony orchestra through work-integrated learning experiences with the MSO. Supporting Studies in musicians’ health, audition preparation, outreach and entrepreneurship, orchestra administration, and optimal performance complement the practical components to create a unique, holistic kind of orchestral training, preparing a new generation of highly trained musicians with the experience, skills, knowledge, and insight to transition into sustainable orchestral careers. 



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With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK (typically around 50-60 research students and over 20 Masters students each year), we have established ourselves as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in Music. Read more
With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK (typically around 50-60 research students and over 20 Masters students each year), we have established ourselves as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in Music. Our research profile is of international standing and is reflected in our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our postgraduate provision.

The MMus in Advanced Musical Studies is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to specialise in one particular area of advanced musical study, as well as those who want to take a more varied set of options.

The aim of the course is to develop your intellectual and creative abilities within the field of advanced musical study to a professional level. You will be well versed and well practised in your chosen discipline, fluent both verbally and technically, and able to present your ideas within coherent frameworks orally, in writing, and through performance and composition. You will be able to take the initiative in constructing your study programme and will be fully conversant with a broad range of issues of concern in current musical and musicological endeavour.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/music/coursefinder/mmusadvancedmusicalstudies.aspx

Why choose this course?

- Our nationally and internationally-renowned Music Department is one of the UK's largest.

- Our teaching at postgraduate level has been consistently at the forefront of the discipline and we were the top-rated department in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

- You will benefit from in-house research training, provided by our world-class academics and also from training programmes available at the Institute of Musical Research.

- You will have various opportunities for performance, incluing the Symphony Orchestra which presents an annual concert at St John's, Smith Square in London, the Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonietta (for new music) an Andean Band, and a Gamelan Orchestra (Gamelan Puloganti).

Department research and industry highlights

Recent externally funded research includes:
- AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP)

- ‘Beyond Paris: music in regional France from the July Monarchy to the First World War’

- ‘El Sistema: music as social action in Venezuela’

- ‘Film fitting in Britain 1913–1926’

- ‘Medieval Song Network’

- ‘Modernism’s Quilting Points: Heidegger, Žižek, Walton’

- ‘Music in the Balkans’

Course content and structure

You will take a core course plus five elective courses in the first two terms before concentrating on your Special Study in the third term. The Special Study may be a Composition Portfolio (up to two pieces with a total performance time of 18-20 minutes), a Dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) or a Recital (lasting no more than 60 minutes). The core course and each elective count for 12.5% of the MMus degree, while the Special Study is worth 25%.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- a critical understanding of the nature of professional musical, musicological and/or compositional activity at the highest national and international levels

- familiarity with the most important and sophisticated issues, techniques and literature relevant to the chosen area of musical enquiry/expertise

- an awareness of and ability to critically engage with new thinking in music, musicology and/or compositional practice

- a critical understanding of the complex linkages between the many aspects of a period, problem or theme

- enhanced understanding of the contingency of musical assumptions and judgements

- an advanced knowledge of a variety of critical and new technology approaches applicable to the specific field.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, recital, portfolios, and a dissertation as applicable.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different music-related areas, including careers as music teachers. composers and musicians. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. Read more

We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. This represents one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

We have a thriving community of postgraduate musicians who receive regular individual tuition from staff who are recognised nationally and internationally in their chosen specialisms, and by a team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers from regional and national orchestras, many of whom are distinguished solo performers.

You’ll have many opportunities to perform by taking part in directed ensembles, amongst which are the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Opera Group, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Folk Group, Samba Band, Blues Group, Improvisation Group, and A Cappella Choir, as well as various chamber music ensembles.

Our Live Music at the University of Huddersfield series features a range of weekly student concerts, as well as recitals and masterclasses by guest artists. Recent visitors have included Emma Kirkby (voice), Garth Knox (viola), Anton Lyakhovsky (piano), Neil Heyde (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet), Jah Wobble (pop ensembles), Lore Lixenberg (voice), John Scott Whiteley (organ), Claude Delangle and Snake Davis (saxophone), Ensemble 360,vocal ensemble EXAUDI, and the instrumental group ELISION.



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Join one of the UK’s leading institutions environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London. Read more
Join one of the UK’s leading institutions environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London.

Who is it for?

Students interested in extending their knowledge and develop critical and research skills in the broad area of music studies. The course provides a rigorous training relevant to a range of professional careers, including further study at doctoral level.

We welcome students from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds.

Objectives

Combining academic rigour with a flexible course structure, the MA Music offers a range of options and students are able to focus project work on areas of individual interest.

The course introduces students to a range of current issues and debates in the broad field of music studies and provides a rich creative environment in which to develop critical approaches to musical practice and study. Students engage with a diverse range of repertoires, including western art music art and popular music, world music, contemporary music and electronic music, and are encouraged to explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects and between theory and creative practice. The course also provides training in fundamental research skills.

We have an outstanding reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education and offer exceptional support to our students. Our students come from all over the world and benefit from our location in the heart of London, one of the world’s greatest cultural hubs.

Scholarships

We are offering one full fee-waiver scholarship for entry to any of our MA pathways in September 2017.

The Robert Anderson Scholarship provides a full-fee waiver at UK/EU rates. International students are also eligible to apply and if successful will have the equivalent UK/EU fee amount deducted from the international fee. The deadline for applications is Friday 5th May 2017.

In addition to your main application, scholarship applications should include:
-A CV indicating your studies and achievements to date.
-A statement indicating why you feel you are particularly deserving of such an award and outlining the contribution you will make to the Music Department.

Placements

The professional work placement is an elective module giving you the opportunity to work in the cultural sector to apply the skills you have gained from the programme so far.

When it comes to the organisation, it is totally up to you. Previous students have gained experience with the Southbank Centre, The British Library, IMG Artists, LIFT, Arts Council England and the British Film Institute.

Academic facilities

Music students can take advantage of our advanced recording and composition studios, a professional performance space, computer laboratories, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and world music instruments.

Our composition studios include three surround (8.1/ 5.1) studios, one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All of the studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing. As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete.

The recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard.

As well as the excellent library facilities at City and close by, such as the British Library, as part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is through lectures, small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials in which students receive supervision from world-leading researchers. In addition, we arrange off-site visits, such as to the British Library or to relevant conferences. Project work also often involves engaging with external organisations or local communities.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment types, including extended projects, portfolio submissions and written examinations. Assesment will depend on the particular modules chosen by students

We have a vibrant postgraduate community and there are plenty of opportunities for involvement in our many ensembles. We host a regular concert series and an annual summer music festival. In addition, there are regular workshops, visiting speakers and postgraduate research seminars, and we also host occasional conferences.

In addition to our many ensmbles at City, MA students are also eligible to audition for the University of London Symphony Orchestra.

Modules

MA Music students take two core modules (total 60 credits), two or three elective modules (total 30 or 60 credits), and also produce a 12-15,000 (60 credit) or 15-20,000 (90 credit) word dissertation.

A typical 30 credit taught module involves two hours of lectures/seminars per week over a 10-week teaching term, plus a total of one hour tutorial supervision over the course of the module (usually two half hour meetings). In addition, the MA involves a significant amount of self-directed study, including preparation between classes, and researching and writing projects, equivalent to about 18 hours per week over a 15 week period (from the start of teaching to the final assessment).

Core modules - students take two core modules in term one, followed by elective modules in term two (for part-time students the modules are spread over two years).
-Critical Readings in Musicology (30 credits)
-Researching Music in Contemporary Culture (30 credits)

Elective modules
-Music Special Project (30 credits)
-Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process (30 credits)
-Urban Ethnomusicology (30 credits)
-Historical Musicology (30 credits)
Plus a range of elective modules in the Departments of Sociology and International Politics:
-Professional Placement (15 credits)
-Audiences and Marketing (15 credits)
-Digital cultures (15 credits)
-Culture (15 credits)
-Cultural Policy (15 credits)
-Public Culture: the Politics of Participation (15 credits)
-Global Cultural Industries, Ethics and Social Responsibility (15 credits)
-Celebrity (15 credits)
-Global Ethics: Principles, Power and Politics (30 credits)

(NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints).

Dissertation
The MA culminates in a 12-15,000 (60 credits) or 15-20,000 (90 credits) dissertation, running through the spring and summer terms, which students complete by the end of August.

Career prospects

The MA Music has excellent employment statistics. Students have gone on to teach, compose and perform in a wide variety of settings and are also employed in areas such as music publishing, broadcasting, music management, arts administration and further musical study at MPhil or PhD level. Alumni are currently working in high-profile roles, including in organisations such as the Southbank Centre and the Halle Orchestra.

Examples include:
-Justine Fancy, PR Manager at MAMA & Company, live music company.
-Rachel Swindells, Gamelan & Community Projects Officer, Halle Orchestra.
-Meliz Serman, Head of Music, Davenport Foundation School.
-Javier Alvarez, International Award-Winning Composer.

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The MFA Professional Composition and Orchestration is a course run by the University of Chichester and ThinkSpace Education. . Read more

The MFA Professional Composition and Orchestration is a course run by the University of Chichester and ThinkSpace Education. 

We train you for the industry of the future.

This is a course that combines advanced training in scoring and orchestration for film, games and other media with focus on both live and sampled orchestration. Course highlights include a recording session with a 50-piece professional film orchestra, recording sessions throughout the course with live musicians and a choice of inspiring real-world projects from film, television, games, animation and commercials. 

Visit the ThinkSpace website

Course content

You will acquire industry-ready professional skills, both creative and technical. The course will sharpen your powers of analysis and provide you with a much deeper and richer insight into both your own music and the work of others.

A master’s degree from the University of Chichester & ThinkSpace Education is a prestigious qualification and a major personal achievement.

It is validation of your ability as a composer and an internationally recognized qualification that establishes both your technical and creative ability.

All of the materials for PCO can be accessed through our online student campus.

Here you can download all of the course materials to your computer, module by module (yes, ThinkSpace lets you keep all of the tuition content, unlike many other online music courses/colleges).

You can also submit assignments to your tutors for marking and get access to unlimited support from our team of knowledgeable and experienced professional composers via the support ticket system.

PCO also boasts over 80 hours of audio and video interviews with top composers, producers and orchestrators, featuring composers such as:

  • Nick Hooper
  • David Arnold
  • George Fenton
  • Keith and Matthew Strachan
  • Tommy Tallarico
  • Michael Nyman

Just as important are the interviews with producers and directors who tell you exactly what they are looking for and what they expect from the composers they work with.

Indicative modules

Modules and themes you may study include:

  • Writing in styles
  • Research and critical reflection
  • Writing to a brief
  • Writing to picture
  • Scoring drama
  • Elective
  • Writing for string and woodwind
  • Session preparation 
  • Writing for brass, harp and percussion
  • Scoring for orchestra 
  • Orchestration in practice
  • Major project 
  • Live orchestra sessions 

For more information, please visit ThinkSpace website

Teaching and assessment

Anyone hoping to enter the professional industry for the first time, or to uplift their career trajectory, needs careful guidance from people with knowledge of crucial developments, often completely invisible to those on the outside.

Every one of our tutors works in the industry, many at the cutting edge of innovation, working on major international productions in film, games and television.

In this creative and supportive environment, you have a unique opportunity to develop your own musical voice, a distinctive sound that can be key to unlocking your full potential.

  • Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers.
  • Work on over 30 projects. The workload is challenging but it’s only through hard work that you will truly reach the next level.
  • Detailed feedback from a range of tutors, online workshops and tutorial groups, forum discussions and exclusive webinars.
  • Same training system we use in house to train our assistants.
  • Telephone and direct email support

When you become a PCO student, our team of composers are here to support you through all stages of your career.

We can offer help looking over contracts, advising on finding work and setting rates, assisting new purchases (ThinkSpace students are also eligible for student discounts on many pieces of music software and samples), assisting with technical problems & studio setup, and pretty much anything else you can think of!

Time requirements

In the UK an MFA involves 240 academic credits and each credit represents a notional 10 hours of work. That comes to pretty close to a full-time working week for a year.

For Professional Composition & Orchestration there are 30 projects plus the Major Project at the end of the course.

Practice based creative degrees are notoriously difficult to quantify in terms of how long they take to complete. To a large extent it depends on how fast you write music. Some students write 5 minutes of music a day while others write 5 minutes a week. If you work reasonably productively, i.e. 2-3 minutes a day, which is probably average in the professional working industry, you would complete the work in much less time.

The headline figure of 10 hours per credit includes absolutely everything – time spent watching videos, reading, and discussions with tutors and support staff. It also depends on how widely you choose to read around the subject, the depth of your research, the number of additional films you choose to watch and the amount of private composition you do to support your formal projects.

A well organized person, working productively, might be able to complete the course in two or three days a week, whereas another working slower might take 5 days a week. Assume therefore that a full time course lies somewhere between 2 and 5 days a week depending on your work rate.

For more information, please visit the ThinkSpace website



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This Masters will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music. Read more

This Masters will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music. The MMus, taught jointly with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), combines vocal or instrumental study with performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles.

Why this programme

  • We offer the unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars, and to work both within the University and the Conservatoire environment.
  • The UK’s first UNESCO city of music, Glasgow is home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland.
  • If you’re aspiring to perform professionally or wishing to undertake historical research relating to performance practice, or both: this programme is designed for you.
  • As an accomplished performer, this programme will enhance your performance skills and knowledge with detailed, rigorous study of historical performance practice (particularly of music of the 17th and 18th centuries).
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, the University library, two audio labs and an electroacoustic music studio, the University’s concert hall and attached studios. You will also have access to facilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Programme structure

Two routes are available: one weighted toward performance, the other toward musicological enquiry.

Core courses include

  • Two series of seminars in historically informed performance practice
  • Practical presentation
  • Practical portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Assessed performance recital.

You will have the opportunity to undertake workshops, rehearsals and potentially performances in collaboration with leading ensembles such as the Dunedin Consort and Concerto Caledonia; as UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow offers enormous opportunities to become involved with music making at a professional level. There is ample opportunity for ensemble playing, leading to the development of valuable musical team working and interpersonal skills.

Career prospects

Our degree programmes open up opportunities to access or advance careers in the creative industries, whether working as a professional composer or musician, in the music industry for a record company, management company or promoter, or in the media industry. Some graduates have combined their degrees with other studies to pursue careers in areas such as law and education.



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The Masters in Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice provides advanced training in creative practice with sound and audiovisual technologies. Read more

The Masters in Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice provides advanced training in creative practice with sound and audiovisual technologies. The programme offers topics relevant to practicing musicians, artists, and the creative industries, such as sound shaping and design, audiovisual composition, field recording, creative and experimental approaches to technology, live performance, interdisciplinary perspectives on sound, and sonic aesthetics. You then develop an individual portfolio of sonic and audiovisual artwork based on your particular skills and interests.

Why This Programme

  • We are Scotland’s leading research centre in Music, with a mutually supportive community of scholars and practitioners.
  • Glasgow offers a huge range of venues for creative sound work, including the Old Hairdressers, Tramway, Mono, SWG3, and City Halls, all of which have hosted our students’ work.
  • You will benefit from studying in the city of Glasgow, the UK’s first UNESCO city of music, with its vibrant and exciting music scene. Festivals abound, such as Sonica, Counterflows, and Tectonics, as does grass-roots sonic activity such as the Lights Out Listening Group. The presence of ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, and experimental music ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra provides a rich context for your studies.
  • The Glasgow Sound Network provides a forum for sharing of sonic practice involving some of Glasgow’s leading creative media companies, artists and academics, offering excellent opportunities for building professional networks.
  • Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice at Glasgow integrates sound design with visual media through a unit in Audiovisual Composition.
  • The programme offers interdisciplinary perspectives and the chance to work with students from Glasgow School of Art through a unit called Sound Art in Dialogue.
  • We work with the city’s cultural programme (Glasgow Life) to bring leading sonic artists to Glasgow, with associated workshops and collaborative opportunities for our students.
  • Your work can be showcased in our annual postgraduate event Sound Thought, which takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.
  • Your work can also be showcased at the GLEAM (Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival.
  • You can experiment with building devices for making and controlling sound, enhanced by the presence of prototyping facilities in Glasgow such as Maklab, through our Creating with Technology unit.
  • Our students and graduates engage in a wide range of professional creative work including sound design for film and theatre, live performance and award-winning composition.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including an audio lab, three studios, the University’s Concert Hall with Genelec and d&b sound diffusion system, seminar and practice rooms.

Programme structure

  • provide artistic and technical experience in working with sound as a culturally significant medium
  • enable you to build your knowledge of tools and methods for manipulating sonic and audiovisual media
  • enable you to design, repurpose and reconfigure technologies for creative compositional ends
  • enhance your creative practice through taking an exploratory and critical approach to sonic design and composition

The MSc comprises 180 credits as follows:

Semester 1 compulsory courses (60 credits):

  • Sound Shaping and Design
  • Creating with Technology

Semester 2 compulsory courses (40 credits):

  • Field Recording, Sound and Place
  • Audiovisual Composition

Semester 2 option (one 20 credit course chosen from):

  • Sonic Art Performance
  • Sound Art in Dialogue
  • Sonic Art Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound & Screen

Additionally you will produce an individual creative portfolio over the summer (60 credits).

Teaching methods include small group tutorials, seminars and workshops, lab and studio sessions, and individual guidance meetings.

Career prospects

The attributes you gain will be attractive to employers from the creative industries, and are particularly relevant for contemporary music, sound design and sound production, games, theatre, film and television. Many of our graduates undertake successful portfolio careers as artists and sound practitioners in their own right. The programme also offers an excellent foundation upon which to progress to PhD studies and an academic career.



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This Diploma is a Pre-Masters programme aimed at postgraduate students who need a year to develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English, to develop additional music skills (theoretical or practical)- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/diploma-music/. Read more
This Diploma is a Pre-Masters programme aimed at postgraduate students who need a year to develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English, to develop additional music skills (theoretical or practical)- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/diploma-music/

You'll also have the opportunity to familiarise yourself both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at Masters degree level.

You can take it as a self-standing Diploma or as an ideal preparation for further postgraduate study. The Graduate Diploma in Music is designed to lead on to the MA and MMus programmes in the Department of Music at Goldsmiths.

You can choose to specialise in an area of music that interests you, whether it be music performance, composition or musicology (including ethnomusicology, popular music studies, historical musicology or contemporary music studies).

- Progression
If you wish to go on to study either at Goldsmiths or elsewhere in Britain you'll be given help and support in finding an appropriate programme.

Successful completion at the required level will guarantee you a place on a relevant Masters degree programme in the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, as well as some of the other Masters programmes at Goldsmiths.

See the website http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/diploma-music/

Overview

Half of the programme is made up of English for Academic Purposes modules, concentrating on different areas of language development:
- Academic Writing and Grammar Development
- Academic Listening and Speaking

The other half of the programme is taught in the Music Department. You choose three music modules from a list of options in different areas of music study, including theoretical music studies, performance and composition.

You will have a personal tutor and will receive support in researching and considering various MA degree options for your future studies.

Assessment

Continuous assessment includes regular seminar presentations and researched essays. There will also be written, listening and oral examinations. For those students who choose music performance and composition options, assessments will include a recital and a portfolio of creative work.

Department: Music

From opera to electronica, and from Errollyn Wallen to James Blake, music studies at Goldsmiths are unique and different. Firmly rooted in the 21st century, our programmes entwine academic with practice-based study, and historical with contemporary repertories.

- Performance opportunities
We’re committed to high quality, ambitious and innovative performance, and we have a wide range of ensembles that you can join, including:
- Goldsmiths Sinfonia
- Chamber Choir
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Lunchtime and evening recitals
- Music Collective
- Studio Laptop Ensemble
- Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble
- Plus student-led ensembles: Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Big Band and Film Orchestra

These culminate in our end-of-year degree show and public music festival PureGold, which in recent years has launched at London’s Southbank Centre.

- Facilities
We have excellent rehearsal and performance facilities including:
- Goldsmiths Music Studios
- Electronic Music Studio
- Sonics Interactive Multimedia Laboratory
- Council Chamber (with its Steinway Model D)
- Two suites of practice rooms

Skills & Careers

This programme will develop your skills in:
- Critical reasoning
- Textual interpretation
- Oral and written communication

Successful completion at the required level will guarantee you a place on a relevant Goldsmiths degree programme.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/apply/

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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Join one of the UK’s leading learning environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London. Read more
Join one of the UK’s leading learning environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London.

Who is it for?

Students interested in extending their knowledge and developing critical and research skills in ethnomusicology.

The course provides a rigorous training relevant to a range of professional careers, including further study at doctoral level.

We welcome students from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds.

Objectives

Combining academic rigour with a flexible course structure, the MA Ethnomusicology introduces students to new ways of thinking about music in its cultural contexts, with a particular focus on ethnographic work in urban settings.

Students consider current issues and debates in ethnomusicology and explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects, and between theory and creative practice. The course provides a rich creative environment in which to develop critical approaches to musical practices. The MA offers a range of options, with students able to focus project work on areas of individual interest. The course also provides training in fundamental research skills.

We have an outstanding reputation for dynamic, inspring and rigorous postgraduate eduation and offer exceptional support to our students.

Our students come from all over the world and benefit from our location in the heart of London, one of the world’s greatest cultural hubs.

Placements

The professional work placement is an elective module giving you the opportunity to work in the cultural sector to apply the skills you have gained from the programme so far.

When it comes to the organisation, it is totally up to you. Previous students have gained experience with the Southbank Centre, The British Library, IMG Artists, LIFT, Arts Council England and the British Film Institute.

Academic facilities

Music students can take advantage of our advanced recording and composition studios, a professional performance space, computer laboratories, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and world music instruments.

Our composition studios include three surround (8.1/ 5.1) studios, one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All of the studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing. As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete.

The recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard.

Scholarships

We are offering one full fee-waiver scholarship for entry to any of our MA pathways in September 2017.

The Robert Anderson Scholarship provides a full-fee waiver at UK/EU rates. International students are also eligible to apply and if successful will have the equivalent UK/EU fee amount deducted from the international fee. The deadline for applications is Friday 5th May 2017.

In addition to your main application, scholarship applications should include:
-A CV indicating your studies and achievements to date.
-A statement indicating why you feel you are particularly deserving of such an award and outlining the contribution you will make to the Music Department.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is through lectures, small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials in which students receive supervision from world-leading researchers.

In addition, we arrange off-site visits, such as to the British Library or to relevant conferences. Project work also involves engaging with external organisations, including local communities.

We use a range of assessment types, including extended projects, portfolio submissions and written examinations. Assessment will depend on the particular modules chosen by students.

We have a vibrant postgraduate community and there are plenty of opportunities for involvement in our many ensembles, including Javanese and Balinese gamelans, Middle Eastern ensemble and Latin ensemble.

We host a regular concert series and an annual summer music festival. In addition, there are regular workshops, visiting speakers and research seminars, and we also host occasional conferences.

Modules

MA Ethnomusicology students take two core modules (total 60 credits), two or three elective modules (total 30 or 60 credits), and also produce a final Ethnomusicology Major Project (60 or 90 credits).

A typical 30 credit taught module involves two hours of lectures/seminars per week over a ten-week teaching term, plus a total of one-hour tutorial supervision over the course of the module (usually two thirty minute meetings). In addition, the MA involves a significant amount of self-directed study, including preparation between classes, and researching and writing projects, equivalent to about 18 hours per week over a fifteen-week period (from the start of teaching to the final assessment).

Students take two core modules in the first term, followed by elective modules in the second term (for part-time students the modules are spread over two years).

Core modules
-Critical Readings in Musicology (30 credits)
-Researching Music in Contemporary Culture (30 credits)

Elective modules
-Music Special Project (30 credits)
-Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process (30 credits)
-Urban Ethnomusicology (30 credits)
-Historical Musicology (30 credits)

Plus a range of elective modules in the Departments of Sociology and International Politics:
-Professional Placement (15 credits)
-Audiences and Marketing (15 credits)
-Digital cultures (15 credits)
-Culture (15 credits)
-Cultural Policy (15 credits)
-Public Culture: The Politics of Participation (15 credits)
-Global Cultural Industries, Ethics and Social Responsibility (15 credits)
-Celebrity (15 credits)
-Global Ethics: Principles, Power and Politics (30 credits)
-Development in Communications Policy (30 credits)
-Political Communication (30 credits)
-Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics (30 credits)
-International Organisations in Global Politics (15 credits)
-Theories of International Politics (30 credits)
-Political Islam in Global Politics (15 credits)
-The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
-Global Governance (15 credits)
-International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits)
-Development and World Politics (15 credits)

(NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints).

Dissertation
The MA culminates in a 60 or 90 credit Ethnomusicology Major Project, an extended independent project on an ethnomusicological topic running through the spring and summer terms, which students complete by the end of August. All projects will include an ethnographic component and can take the form of a 12-15,000 (60 credit) or 15-20,000 (90 credit) word dissertation, an ethnographic film and accompanying written commentary, or a lecture-recital and accompanying written commentary.

Career prospects

Our MA programmes have excellent employment statistics. Students have gone on to teach, compose and perform in a wide variety of settings and are also employed in areas such as music publishing, broadcasting, music management, arts administration and further musical study at MPhil or PhD level. Alumni are currently working in high-profile roles, including in organisations such as the Southbank Centre and the Halle Orchestra.

Examples include:
-Justine Fancy, PR Manager at MAMA & Company, live music company.
-Rachel Swindells, Gamelan & Community Projects Officer, Halle Orchestra.
-Meliz Serman, Head of Music, Davenport Foundation School.
-Javier Alvarez, International Award-Winning Composer.

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The MA Music course is designed to enhance your core research and contextual skills, whilst allowing you the freedom to specialise in a chosen area through specialist pathway modules. Read more
The MA Music course is designed to enhance your core research and contextual skills, whilst allowing you the freedom to specialise in a chosen area through specialist pathway modules. Specialist pathways are available in: Musicology, Performance, Composition, Electroacoustic Composition, and Sacred Music. All students study core modules in Research Skills and Ideas in Music and complete an Extended Research Project (either a dissertation, critical edition with commentary or a practice-based research project). Outside of this, you have the choice of two specialist pathway modules. These can both be taken from the same area of study, or you can take one module from two different specialist pathways including Musicology, Performance, Composition, Electroacoustic Composition and Sacred Music. Through support from dedicated specialists in your field, you will develop an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of core theoretical and methodological approaches and contemporary debates at the forefront of scholarly practice.

The MA Music will be fully delivered at the Music Department, situated in the new purpose-built Capstone Building (opened in 2010), also home to a new publically-accessible performance venue, the Capstone Theatre. The electroacoustic music facilities at Hope are new and up-to-date in terms of the hardware and software on offer. The department has two high-specification iMac computer labs installed with industry standard software (Pro Tools, Logic, Max/MSP, GRM Tools, Metasynth, Waves), a multi-channel surround studio (8-channel setup), two individual-use project rooms for loudspeaker monitoring, and a further space for interactive laptop music. The Music Department also benefits from being one of only a handful of All-Steinway Schools in the UK. The Department owns two Steinway grand pianos (a Model D and Model B), two Boston grand pianos (permanently situated in the two main teaching rooms), and suite of practice rooms all equipped with upright Steinway pianos. The Department additionally owns two harpsichords and has recently acquired a fully restored eighteenth-century Dutch chamber organ.

For further information download the Music MA Leaflet‌ - http://www.hope.ac.uk/media/liverpoolhope/contentassets/images/artsandhumanities/media,48090,en.pdf

Teaching & Research

The MA Music will be delivered via a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual supervision. Each of the specialist pathway modules is led by an expert within the field. The musicology pathway is led by Dr Laura Hamer; the Performance pathway is led by Dr Alberto Sanna; the Composition pathway is led by Dr Ian Percy; the Electroacoustic Composition pathway is led by Dr Manuella Blackburn; and the Sacred Music pathway is led by Prof Tassilo Erhardt.

In addition to this, students taking the performance pathway will benefit from 25 hours of individual lessons on their chosen instrument or voice. Students on the Composition pathway also benefit from dedicated Composition workshops with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Each of the specialist pathways also includes contributions from one of our partner organisations including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Milapfest, the European Opera Centre and Liverpool’s two Cathedrals (Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral). Input to the course is also enhanced by specialist sessions from our Visiting Professors including Prof John Milsom, Prof Michael Talbot and Liverpool Hope Professor of Performance, Joanna MacGregor.

Each year the Music Department hosts its long-running Research Seminar Series. The Research Seminar Series includes contributions from distinguished visiting speakers, Department staff, and postgraduate taught and research students. Attendance at the Research Seminar Series is compulsory for students enrolled on the MA Music, and the seminar series is embedded into the teaching provision of the 2 core modules. For postgraduate students, the Research Seminar Series provides a nurturing and supportive environment to gain experience in presenting their work to a specialist audience and to receive feedback on their research from their peers.

Employability

The MA Music is designed to enhance and develop a variety of transferable skills, as well as subject-specific skills. You will learn how to critically engage with written documents of different genres, as well as having the opportunity to develop your written and presentation skills.

As well as preparing students for a range of employment opportunities, the enhancement of academic skills will prepare students for research degrees, such as MPhil and PhD.

The Post Graduate Certificate block has been designed to be accessible by those already in full-time employment who would like to further their knowledge and enhance their academic and professional skills.

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The Master of Music in Composition and Creative Practice is designed to enable students to develop their compositional practice in a dynamic, rigorous and supportive creative environment. Read more

The Master of Music in Composition and Creative Practice is designed to enable students to develop their compositional practice in a dynamic, rigorous and supportive creative environment. It aims to provide training in a range of approaches, introducing tools and techniques relevant to today’s music making, and encouraging exploration, innovation and experimentation.

Why this programme

  • Students undertake a major portfolio of creative practice with an accompanying critical commentary, preparing them for compositional and musical careers.
  • Students have the opportunity of a placement with a musical or arts organisation, when available, and up-to-date research skills provision in digital arts.
  • We offer the opportunity to have your work performed by a professional ensemble, including an annual showcase of postgraduate work SoundThought.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab, and practice rooms. 
  • Provision of specialist tuition in creative industries and cultural policy at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research.
  • We have a range of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords.
  • Other instruments owned by the School include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments. 
  • The Concert Hall is equipped with a diffusion system for the performance of electroacoustic music. 
  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has thriving music, performance and contemporary arts scenes. It is home to numerous orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, making it an outstanding place for compostional study.

Programme structure

The programme is comprised of three core courses (Composition, Digital and Creative Skills, Individual Creative Practice, and Composition Portfolio) as well as a series of optional courses to allow you to tailor our own bespoke structure. Options will include:

  • Creating with technology
  • Historically Informed Performance Practice
  • Introduction to Popular Music
  • Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound and Screen

There will also be opportunities to engage with interdisciplinary study, with courses available from other subjects within the School:

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (Centre for Cultural Policy Research)
  • Festivals (Film and Television Studies)
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (History of Art)

Core teaching will be delivered during semesters 1 and 2. Over the summer months you will complete the core Composition Portfolio, to be submitted at the end of August.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including seminars, one-to-one tutorials, and project work. 

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in composition as well as equipping students more generally with skills necessary for careers in cultural industries (eg. arts administration and management). Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in composition in the form of a PhD.  



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The Musicology Masters at Glasgow presents a broad, multi-dimensional approach to Music as a key component of numerous contemporary cultural practices. Read more

The Musicology Masters at Glasgow presents a broad, multi-dimensional approach to Music as a key component of numerous contemporary cultural practices. Building on a thorough grounding in the methodological roots, you’ll be able to specialise in professional fields such as Sound and Music for Screen Media, Historically Informed Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, Sonic Arts, and Creative Practice Research. A team of world-leading researchers collaborate to provide an up-to-date, interdisciplinary exploration of historiographical, analytical, sociological, and critical approaches, opening opportunities for reflection on a broad range of musical traditions, performing styles and recording media.

Why this programme

  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a unique centre of creative activity, from legendary music venues to classical orchestras and ensembles (e.g. Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Several of these ensembles contribute to our courses.
  • You’ll be taught by a highly diverse team of academics who collaborate closely across their distinct specialisms (i.e. History, Composition, Sonic Arts, Performance) in order to offer the most multi-dimensional critical approach to music in all its forms.
  • The School of Culture and Creative Arts, which also features world-leading research and practice in Film and TV Studies, Theatre Studies and History of Art, actively encourages interdisciplinary work, and offers numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The School is also home to the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, known for world-leading research in creative industries and cultural policy.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab and several practice rooms. We have an excellent collection of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords. Other instruments include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments.
  • The Musicology programme offers you the chance to undertake a work placement in a musical, cultural or arts organisation.

Programme structure

TYou’ll take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

You’ll also write a dissertation and have the chance to take a work placement in a music or arts organisation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Research Skills and Digital Musicology
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Current Issues in Musicology 
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in the music and creative industries as well as related fields, such as media and broadcasting. Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in musicology in the form of a PhD.



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The Masters in Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice provides advanced training in creative practice with sound and audiovisual technologies. Read more

The Masters in Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice provides advanced training in creative practice with sound and audiovisual technologies. The programme offers topics relevant to practicing musicians, artists, and the creative industries, such as sound shaping and design, audiovisual composition, field recording, creative and experimental approaches to technology, live performance, interdisciplinary perspectives on sound, and sonic aesthetics. You then develop an individual portfolio of sonic and audiovisual artwork based on your particular skills and interests.

Why this programme

  • We are Scotland’s leading research centre in Music, with a mutually supportive community of scholars and practitioners.
  • Glasgow offers a huge range of venues for creative sound work, including the Old Hairdressers, Tramway, Mono, SWG3, and City Halls, all of which have hosted our students’ work.
  • You will benefit from studying in the city of Glasgow, the UK’s first UNESCO city of music, with its vibrant and exciting music scene. Festivals abound, such as Sonica, Counterflows, and Tectonics, as does grass-roots sonic activity such as the Lights Out Listening Group. The presence of ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, and experimental music ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra provides a rich context for your studies.
  • The Glasgow Sound Network provides a forum for sharing of sonic practice involving some of Glasgow’s leading creative media companies, artists and academics, offering excellent opportunities for building professional networks.
  • Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice at Glasgow integrates sound design with visual media through a unit in Audiovisual Composition.
  • The programme offers interdisciplinary perspectives and the chance to work with students from Glasgow School of Art through a unit called Sound Art in Dialogue.
  • We work with the city’s cultural programme (Glasgow Life) to bring leading sonic artists to Glasgow, with associated workshops and collaborative opportunities for our students.
  • Your work can be showcased in our annual postgraduate event Sound Thought, which takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.
  • Your work can also be showcased at the GLEAM (Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival.
  • You can experiment with building devices for making and controlling sound, enhanced by the presence of prototyping facilities in Glasgow such as Maklab, through our Creating with Technology unit.
  • Our students and graduates engage in a wide range of professional creative work including sound design for film and theatre, live performance and award-winning composition.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including an audio lab, three studios, the University’s Concert Hall with Genelec and d&b sound diffusion system, seminar and practice rooms.

Programme structure

The programme aims to:

  • provide artistic and technical experience in working with sound as a culturally significant medium
  • enable you to build your knowledge of tools and methods for manipulating sonic and audiovisual media
  • enable you to design, repurpose and reconfigure technologies for creative compositional ends
  • enhance your creative practice through taking an exploratory and critical approach to sonic design and composition

The MSc comprises 180 credits as follows:

Semester 1 compulsory courses (60 credits):

  • Sound Shaping and Design
  • Creating with Technology

Semester 2 compulsory courses (40 credits):

  • Field Recording, Sound and Place
  • Audiovisual Composition

Semester 2 option (one 20 credit course chosen from):

  • Sonic Art Performance
  • Sound Art in Dialogue
  • Sonic Art Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound & Screen

Additionally you will produce an individual creative portfolio over the summer (60 credits).

Teaching methods include small group tutorials, seminars and workshops, lab and studio sessions, and individual guidance meetings.

Career prospects

The attributes you gain will be attractive to employers from the creative industries, and are particularly relevant for contemporary music, sound design and sound production, games, theatre, film and television. Many of our graduates undertake successful portfolio careers as artists and sound practitioners in their own right. The programme also offers an excellent foundation upon which to progress to PhD studies and an academic career.



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