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Masters degrees in Composition train postgraduates to devise, structure and perform new pieces of music. Specialisations include Electroacoustic Composition, Film Music and Sonic Art.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) courses are typical for this field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field allow you to explore a range of compositional styles and techniques across several industry applications. From traditional music composition and performance, through to sound exhibition and art, you may specialise in a whole host of areas.
Across all disciplines, training will be provided in the context and concepts surrounding different forms of composition, over different periods in history. You will examine the sociocultural significance of different compositional forms, exploring these in your own work through contemporary techniques.
These include notated music, digital production, improvisation and many interdisciplinary techniques, such as live recordings edited via digital means. Alongside these techniques, you will also consider composition for different audiences, within different performance sites.
Alongside conventional composition and performance, careers may include music management, broadcasting for TV or radio, music publishing or teaching.
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Started in the academic year 2012-13, the Music Department is offering a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in the area of Composition. Read more
The Master of Music in Theory is a 30 credit master’s degree preparing the student for a career in the field of music theory and for further graduate studies at the doctoral level. Read more
Pursue your career as a composer working with technology and audio-media, or a PhD in electroacoustic composition. Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, including our dedicated electroacoustic studio complex. Read more
Study as a postgraduate composer at one of the UK's most innovative composition departments. In recent years, Birmingham Conservatoire's Composition department has produced outstanding contemporary artists such as Laura Mvula, Raffertie and Charlotte Bray. Read more
The Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art pathway invites you to help map out the next steps in Birmingham’s thirty year history as a world leader in the area of electroacoustic music composition and presentation. Read more
This course gives you opportunities to develop your compositional creativity and technical fluency to an advanced level under the guidance of our expert staff, all experienced and active composers. Read more
Do you want to know how great film scores were composed? Are you interested in the ideas behind musical performances? Are you be able to inspire your students… Read more
Programme overview This programme provides professional training in composition for screen media. Taught by staff and guest composers from the professional world, you will develop a strong technological foundation in the subject, along with specialist understanding of television and screen scoring. Read more
Discovering your compositional voice and presenting it with clarity in compelling, innovative music is a lifelong project. Our MA is designed to help you develop the skills to pursue this, whatever your career aspirations. Read more