This flexible Masters is an opportunity to investigate and combine strategies for developing creative work – an inclusive and forward-thinking composition degree that acknowledges many different definitions of the term- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mmus-creative-practice/
You will devise a coherent yet bespoke programme of study from an extensive list of options, and have the opportunity to uniquely blend practices from popular music, sound art, contemporary composition, ethnography and multi-media work. These modules help you engage with a variety of rigorous intellectual, critical and technical skills that will inform your work and culminate in a substantial creative project.
Depending on your module choices, you have access to the Electronic Music Studios (which offer advanced facilities for electro-acoustic composition, multichannel work and live/interactive performance) and the new Goldsmiths Music Studios (which offers a HD Pro-tools recording system and large format analogue desk). You will have the opportunity to write for and collaborate with your fellow composers and performers, and in-house ensembles; and furthermore develop collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in conjunction with other departments.
The programme is exceptionally useful for students preparing for further postgraduate practice-as-research projects, or for those wishing to develop a distinctive portfolio of work for entry into the creative industries.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Lisa Busby.
Modules & Structure
You choose one of the following modules:
Compositional Techniques- 30 credits
Popular Music Composition- 30 credits
Studio Practice- 120 credits
Music at Goldsmiths is ranked 12th in the UK for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings)
We’re committed to high quality, ambitious and innovative performance, and we have a wide range of ensembles that you can join, including:
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Lunchtime and evening recitals
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.
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
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the selected MMus pathway and option choices. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).