Description

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.

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 an 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.

Study Details:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
You choose one of the following modules:

Compositional Techniques 30 credits
Popular Music Composition 30 credits
Studio Practice 30 credits

Option modules
You choose three modules from a selection that currently includes:

Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise 30 credits
Audiovisual Composition 30 credits
Composition and Moving Image Media 30 credits
Compositional Techniques 30 credits
Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates 30 credits
Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
Ethnographic Film and Music Research 30 credits
Interactive and Generative Music 30 credits
Material, Form and Structure 30 credits
Music Management 30 credits
New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits
Popular Music and its Critics 30 credits
Popular Music Composition 30 credits
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) 30 credits
Research through Musical Performance 30 credits
Sound Agendas 30 credits
Studio Practice 30 credits
Philosophies of Music 30 credits
Creative Project 60 credits

Fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8040 Home/EU - part-time: £4020 International - full-time: £14760

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant/related 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 can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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