Program Overview

A one-year, full-time postgraduate programme, the MA Composition and Creative Music Practice is designed to develop individual artistic practice and facilitate collaborative exploration of cross-genre, cross-arts and cross-cultural creativity. Students create acoustic and/or electronic music through an inclusive range of composition, improvisation and performance practices. The programme welcomes students from all music traditions (traditional, folk, popular, world, classical) and sound art practices, working with and/or without music notation. 

The MA Composition and Creative Music Practice is:
 

  • Ideal for creative musicians who wish to work within a particular tradition and/or at the intersections of Irish traditional music, classical music, ‘new’ and experimental music, popular music and world musics
  • Progressive and interdisciplinary in its approach to creativity, supporting cross-arts exploration, collaboration and inventiveness
  • Designed to develop the complementary creative music practices of composition, performance and improvisation
  • Committed to developing oral/aural creative processes and/or score-based practices  towards the creation of acoustic and/or electro-acoustic music
  • Inclusive of diverse, local and global music traditions and practices
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  Location

LimerickIreland

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  Course Duration

12 Months

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  Tuition Fee

 16,900

 Score

IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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Semester 1    

Workshop in Creative Music Practice

 

  • Professional Development for the Performing Arts
  • Peer Forum 1
  • Composing Traditions Seminar


Creative Pathways 1 - choose one of the following:
 

  • Creating for the Voice
  • Performance Practice  (Academy Ensembles and Individual Tuition)
  • Real-time Audio and Video


Semester 2    

Inter-Arts Music Making
 

  • Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • Peer Forum 2
  • Elective Modules


Creative Pathways 2 - choose of the following
 

  • Creating for Strings 
  • Performance Practice (Academy Ensembles and Individual Tuition
  • Improvisation


Semester 3
 

  • Final Project

Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience. 

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows
 

  1. Residency
     
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
       
  2. Citizenship
     
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
       
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
     
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Graduates emerge with unique artistic profiles to pursue diverse careers as composers, sound artists, improvisers, performers, educators and arts-practice scholars.

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