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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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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
This course focuses on the creative, historical, critical, technical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, emphasising the many ways in which technology and musical practice influence each other. Read more
This course offers a foundation in musicological thought and practice, opportunities to develop specialised applied, editorial, archival, critical and theoretical skills, and the chance to produce a significant piece of work in a musicological area of your choice, regardless of your musical tastes and preferences. Read more
This course is created to enable producers and musicians to fully integrate studio technology with musical outcomes. We strive to develop both your technical and creative potential underpinning this with scholarly insights into production and the studio as a creative, artistic tool. Read more
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
Our MusM Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media) master's course provides an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge compositional techniques, methodologies and associated aesthetics in creative work that intersects with technology and other artistic or scientific forms. 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
Our MusM Composition (Instrumental and Vocal) master's course offers intensive training for composers and provides excellent preparation for doctoral work or a career in the professional world. 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
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