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Qualification : MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHT56

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The MA Composition at Maynooth University provides a supportive yet stimulating environment in which to develop your individual compositional style. The focus of the course is the creation of a professional portfolio of compositions, supported by regular one-to-one tuition from the experienced composers in the Department of Music. Core modules in contemporary compositional technique and the study of works and writings of other composers help broaden your compositional focus and allow you to develop your own voice in the exciting world of contemporary music. These activities are complimented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works by visiting performers and student ensembles.

To download a brochure please visit our website.

Closing date
Early Admission deadline
31 March 2017
Application deadline 15 August 2017

Commences
September 2017

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Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Interview is required in addition to submission of examples of composition demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 BA level skills. International students whose first language is not English are required to present an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
 
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

 

A portfolio of compositions supported by modules in contemporary compositional techniques, contemporary aesthetics and a range of options from the MA in Creative Music Technologies (e.g. electroacoustic composition).
 
Course Duration: 1 year Full-time
Course Duration: 1 year Full-time

Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art-music), arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, essayist/critic, and in fields such as arts management and broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many diverse areas of employment beyond the creative industries, including primary, secondary and third-level education, research based careers (e.g. research and consultative work, not only in the arts but also general public sector organisations), and administrative or managerial roles. 

For example, non-arts-based companies also look for creative, independent employees and their particular skillset. Key skills are developed throughout the course, such as:

  • Identifying, analysing and solving problems;
  • Prioritising tasks, coping with complexity, setting achievable goals and taking action;
  • Working independently and as a team;
  • Communicating (both orally and in writing);
  • Demonstrating confidence and motivation to start and finish the job, adaptability/flexibility, creativity, initiative, leadership, decision-making, negotiating and the ability to cope with stress;
  • Applying and exploiting information technology;
  • Demonstrating critical evaluation of the outcomes of the professional practice;
  • Reflecting on and evaluate one's own practice

Postgraduate options - The MA in Composition also prepares students for doctoral study in composition. 

For further information on Postgraduate options please go to Graduate Studies

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHT56

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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