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MUS3016 : Minor Specialist Study: Composition

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rob Mackay
  • Lecturer: Dr William Edmondes, Mr Phil Begg, Ms Nancy Kerr Elliott, Dr Mariam Rezaei, Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To engage in a substantial programme of original composition that sums up the student’s undergraduate learning in composition, exploring a range of creative problems

2. To cultivate a professional attitude to creative practice and its presentation

3. To embark on relevant activities associated with the chosen type of composition, in order to maximise preparedness for further work in the discipline

4. To promote awareness of acoustic and electroacoustic methodologies, modes of expression and artistic outcomes

5. To create an environment where composition for mixed-media acoustic/electroacoustic is seen as a natural choice for the student

6. To promote creative and cultural self-awareness in a contemporary context informed by the past

7. To encourage engagement with and understanding of relevant music

Outline Of Syllabus

You will be expected to apply the expertise you have acquired through your previous compositional studies, to develop critical and technical skills relating to your chosen area of composition and awareness of its wider relationship to contemporary music and culture. Under the guidance of your supervisor and in response to your artistic development you may be required to work in particular ways (e.g. to compose for designated forces to suit workshop opportunities, to work collaboratively, to use creative writing or other divergent strategies). Alongside developing your creative imagination you will be expected to cultivate a professional attitude to your practice and its presentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Optional 'occasional' project but open to all students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00PiP tutorials. But can be synchronous online if needed
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00PiP. But can be synchronous online if needed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00PiP. But can be synchronous online if needed.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1163:00163:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3012Major Specialist Study: Composition
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars outline creative briefs, present models, encourage critical discussion and promotes the sharing of repertoire and student work

Tutorials monitor progress and secure the realisation of creative projects

Private study constitutes the bulk of the work, where students carry out their creative work

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A90Portfolio of compositions. Can be completed remotely if needed.
Essay2A10Critical and contextual commentary on compositions submitted. Can be complted remotely if needed.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination1MThe composition(s) discussed in the Oral Presentation submitted for supervisor formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolio demonstrates skills outcomes 1-6
Supporting documentation demonstrates knowledge outcomes 1-5 and skills outcomes 7 & 8

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The coursework assessment needs an earlier submission date but otherwise remains unchanged

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