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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Electronic and Computer Music

Programme code:MA-MU/ECMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr James Mooney Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally possess a good first degree (equivalent to 2:1 or above) in any subject, but applications from candidates with a background in music, or subjects such as technology, mathematics, science, art, design, or computing are encouraged. Candidates will demonstrate understanding of relevant terminology and theoretical concepts through the application itself and an interview. Alternative qualifications or relevant professional experience may be considered in lieu of a first degree.

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Programme specification:

The MA in Electronic and Computer Music offers a flexible and varied approach to the study of this broad and continually-evolving discipline. The programme includes a range of research-led theoretical and practical modules and offers students the possibility to balance the development of practical skills with a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts and historical context. The core modules on the programme serve musicians, software developers, educators, scientists, or artists who are interested in the integration of electronic hardware and software technologies and music. The programme is led by an academic team with a strong presence in the international computer music, sonic arts, and electronic music research communities. The programme engages with current thinking and practice in areas such as interactivity, electronic music performance practice, audiovisual applications, machine learning, sound spatialisation, algorithmic and spectral composition, signal processing, electronic music history, applied music technology, and sound synthesis. Students will be encouraged by the programme to place each area of study within an aesthetic, cultural and historical context, so that the theory and practice of electronic and computer music may be more comprehensively understood.

The programme has been designed to reflect the multi-dimensional character of the discipline, the increasing integration between software and hardware, and the growing academic interest in historical and aesthetic context within related fields of research.

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following modules::

MUSS5030MProfessional Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5632MElectronic & Computer Music Practice30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5633MElectronic & Computer Music Contexts30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study one of the following modules:

MUSS5162MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep
MUSS5661MElectronic & Computer Music Portfolio60 creditsSemester 2

Candidates are required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

MUSS3130Individual Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3131Individual Project30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS3132Individual Project30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
MUSS5133MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
MUSS5335MConcerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5430MEditing and Archival Studies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5435MShort Editorial Project30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5530MIssues in Critical Musicology30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 04/11/2016


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