UCAS code: W300
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
If you’re passionate about music and would like to focus on it through a mix of academic and creative study, the MA (Hons) programme is for you.
You will explore the role, value and diversity of music in modern society and consider the relationship of music to the other arts and examine it from a creative, scientific, critical and historical perspective.
Throughout the programme you will be ideally placed to study the interaction between music and other arts, such as film, animation and installation and to participate in collaborations across Edinburgh College of Art.
After graduating, you will be ready for a whole range of music-related careers in the creative arts, education and media.
You will study analysis (Ways of Listening), performance (Intercultural Musical Performance) and cultural studies (Instruments, Music and Technology). Performance skills are taught in practical workshops in areas such as North Indian music and contemporary improvisation. Cultural studies develop your understanding of the relationship between music technologies and culture from the Renaissance to present day. You will also choose options from music and other subject areas.
Cultural studies continue including psychology of music, or the history and practice of music festivals. Alternatively you may study a foundation in digital music (Theory & Practice of Music Technology), or, if you have an A in Higher or A level Music, to pursue music history and analysis options. You will also choose options from music and from other subject areas.
You will take Research Methods in Music, and choose from specialist courses including Music, Style and Identity, or Improvisation as Social Process. You will choose from specialist music options or other subjects.
In your final year, you will complete a dissertation or major performance or installation (Environmental Music), and continue to study advanced options. You can select specialist music options, and from other subject areas.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The majority of teaching takes place within the Reid School of Music in Alison House, located within the University's Central Area, as well as Edinburgh College of Art. You will have access to the School's practice rooms and recording studios, as well as all the University's computing facilities and libraries.
The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or the University's international exchange programme.
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops. The small class sizes create an informal and supportive learning environment.
A feature of teaching at Edinburgh is project-based work in Years 1 and 2, where the year group will work together for a whole week to master one particular skill, for example writing for a resident ensemble such as The Edinburgh Quartet.
You will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects, portfolios and, in your final year, a dissertation, performance or portfolio of compositions (including the option of electro-acoustic compositions).
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our students go on to diverse careers in music and our alumni include composers, performers, conductors, music teachers, community musicians, recording engineers, DJs/music producers, venue managers, musical directors, music therapists, arts administrators, writers, and academics at universities around the world.
The typical offer is likely to be:
A demonstrable commitment to music.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
Our decision to offer a place is based on the information supplied in your UCAS application and we expect to see a demonstrable commitment to studying Music in your UCAS personal statement. We may also invite you to tell us more about your musical experience (for example, background in performance or creative practice, repertoire list, and/or SoundCloud or YouTube content).
The Reid School of Music does not interview or hold auditions. We scrutinise your application and request further performance background information if we require it. This process ensures that we offer places to students who show the ability to meet our high standards, and that applicants from all backgrounds have the same opportunity to demonstrate their potential.
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