Studying Composition at Bath Spa University
will develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally.
Through weekly seminars and tutorials, supported by workshops with musicians, you’ll work on your creative and technical skills, commenting critically on your own and others’ work.
For information on interview guidance, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-composition/
You’ll graduate as a skilled composer with a deep understanding of contemporary music context. You’ll develop creative and technical skills, throughout the course, alongside the ability to think critically about composition.
You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers, and theatre practitioners through joint projects and seminar discussion. These developments in your creative practice are supported by practical consideration of your professional and academic skills.
We aim to provide a foundation for your work as a composer. We’ll help you improve the way you promote your work and plan projects, as well as understand the academic disciplines to which it relates.
We’ll meet with you on a one-to-one basis through weekly tutorials to help develop your work. This support focuses on technical and aesthetic development, and we’ll work with you on specific questions arising from your current project and its wider context.
We’ll discuss broader issues with you and the other MMus composers through weekly seminar sessions. These can include case studies of particular composers or approaches, technical work in relation to specific compositional problems, or exploration of professional contexts.
For specific composition projects we organise rehearsals and workshops with visiting professional musicians and fellow students.
For information on modules, please view the course handbook via our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-composition/
Each module has a weekly seminar which is either specific to the MA Composition or, for core skills, shared with the other courses. You’ll also have a weekly tutorial during teaching weeks. Throughout the year we bring in visitors to talk about their work, and a professional ensemble join us to play one of your compositions.
The majority of the assessment is based on your creative work, including compositions for specified visiting musicians and projects where you decide what to write.You’ll also produce work that assesses your professional and academic skills, including making a website, preparing a funding application, and research into an area of practice that links to your work.
You’ll develop a broad range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. We’ll help you develop a portfolio career built around your creative practice, drawing in other related areas of work such as:
• Work in other areas of the creative industries
On graduation from the programme, we aim for you to develop core problem-solving, analytical and critical skills to support you in the changeable and unpredictable work environment.
Applicants should have a a good honours degree or equivalent. On the MA for Composition we value an enquiring approach to music, with an interest in developing your practice and exploring the many contexts in which it is situated. We support work in a wide range of styles and genres, while maintaining an experimental and exploratory approach.