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The benefits of a Masters extend beyond improving your earning potential. They can provide you with personal and professional skills to accelerate your development. They are also an opportunity to differentiate yourself from your peers, many of whom will have similar A-level and undergraduate qualifications.

The field of performing arts is a blanket term for all forms of performance, including dance, theater and music. Studies include academic pursuits, such as histories and theories, as well as technical training in a variety of performance styles.

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MMus Performance

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. MMus Performance Duration: Full time: 1 calendar year. Part time: 2/3 calendar years. Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), usually in Music Start of programme: September intake only Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time This programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard. They acquire expert knowledge about performance and the geographical or stylistic region of their performance specialism. The performance component of the programme, in which students choose an Asian or African performance tradition, includes practice-based research. Students study the music of a particular region alongside performance theory training. Through a range of optional courses they pursue additional interests as well. The programme is particularly suited to performing musicians who wish to deepen and broaden their theoretical perspectives and musical horizons. Many former students have found their performance careers enhanced, while others have gone on to engage with their performance from more critical, academic perspectives, including MPhil/PhD research. Structure Students are required to take 4 units (one unit courses being two-terms in duration, while half unit courses are taught in one term only). In addition to these formal elements, students may attend postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities. Course Detail The formal elements of the MMus Performance programme are: Performance Theory (half unit) The compulsory core course; part-time students must normally take this in year 1. Performance (full unit) Performance lessons in a vocal or instrumental tradition from their selected region. Examined by a public recital in May-June (for part-time students: in May-June of year 1) and by coursework. Performance as Research (full unit) Further study of the same tradition as under 3 above, but with a more specific research focus. Examined by a public recital in September (for part-time students: in September of the final year) and by coursework. Select courses to the value of 67.5 credits from List A,B and/or C, including at least one course from List A. List A: Area Courses Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia - 15PMUH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) - 15PMUC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year Central Asian Music - 15PMUH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures - 15PMUH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Indian vocal music: Styles and histories - 15PMUH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival - 15PMUH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures - 15PMUC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017 Music, Place and Politics in Cuba - 15PMUH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH016 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) - 15PMUH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Sacred Sound in South Asia - 15PMUH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 List B: Additional Courses Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology - 15PMUH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Composition - 15PMUH013 (0.5 Unit) - Full Year Gender and Music (MMus) - 15PMUH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 The Music Business (Masters) - 15PMUH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 List C: Courses Taught at King's College Students may also take approved courses from Kings College Department of Music (see this link for available options: //www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/study/handbook/programmes/pgt/mods15-16.aspx) Special assessment rules apply for SOAS students to bring the credit rating up to 22.5 – please check with course tutors at King’s for requirements. Advanced Opera Study - (22.5 Unit) Advanced Studies in Musical Analysis & Criticism: Beethoven's Late Works - (22.5 Unit) Issues in Biography and Criticism - (22.5 Unit) Issues in Historiography and Criticism - (22.5 Unit) Performance, Gesture and Meaning - (22.5 Unit) Post-tonal Music and Composition Theory - (22.5 Unit) Theories of Modernism and the Avant-Garde - (22.5 Unit) 21st-Century Bach - (22.5 Unit) Teaching & Learning The Department of Music has been highly rated for teaching and research in all recent assessment exercises, and is regularly ranked amongst the top Music departments in the UK in Good University Guides. Music students have access to the large Main Library of the School which holds numerous books, journals and recordings relevant to the study of ethnomusicology and world music, as well as the nearby British Library Sound Archive and other London libraries and museums. The SOAS Library holds copies of standard reference works on music, such as the current edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The Grove dictionary and the RILM database can also be accessed on line from computer terminals in the Library or elsewhere on the SOAS network. Listening facilities are provided in the Library, and most CDs are available on short loan. Among special items in the Department’s collections are: field recordings, films and slides a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa extensive staff collections relating to specific research interests Performance The Convenor will communicate by email and through meetings with all students taking Performance or Performance as Research, and must be approached for official approval of your choice of performance tradition and teacher. Such approval is signalled by the Convenor’s signature on the Department’s standard “Performance study application form”, available from the Faculty office and online. No lessons should be taken until this form has been signed. The staff member most closely related to your chosen tradition acts as a Sub-convenor and should be your first point of contact for any matters pertaining to the specific tradition you are studying. Convenor and Sub-convenor will liaise as necessary. The Department will not support training in “Western” vocal or instrumental traditions. Subsidy towards the cost of lessons: The Department will pay for approved external tuition, up to a maximum amount agreed at the start of the session (currently £500 for Performance and £300 for Performance as Research). Please be aware that the cost of regular performance lessons might exceed these amounts; any excess must be paid by the student. Claims for reimbursement must be submitted using the standard Music Performance Lesson Reimbursement Form available from the convenor, accompanied by a signed receipt or invoice from the teacher. Claims cannot be accepted after the examination. The student is also responsible for arranging regular lesson times, negotiating lesson fees, and obtaining access to any necessary instrument. You will receive an Information Sheet for External Teachers, describing payment procedures, the teacher’s obligations, and so forth; you should read through this together with your teacher at the earliest opportunity. Destinations A postgraduate degree in Music Performance from SOAS gives students improved competency in performance and a better understanding of global music which will enable them to continue in the field of research or engage in related work. Equally, they develop a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities including interpersonal skills, communication skills, focus, team work, passion and dedication. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate. Specific Graduate Destinations Helen Evans is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit. Jo Shaw (née Hoskin) was gamelan co-ordinator for the London Symphony Orchestra’s educational Discovery programme, but is moving on to set up her own Indonesian music and dance programme in southwest England. Sarah Hall has worked as India regional director for two different charities. Jon Kertzer directed the Smithsonian Global Sound Network and is now working on the business development of the Microsoft MSN Music Service. Hélène Rammant is a Producer for BBC Radio 3, specialising in World Music. Megan Jones is a Producer in the Music Department of BBC Cymru Wales. Katie Vickers (née Hall) is a music Marketing Officer for the South Bank Centre, London. Sally Pomme Clayton is a storyteller and lecturer on world oral traditions at Middlesex University. Rachel Ireland first served as executive assistant at the Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation and is now Executive Officer, Operations for the London-based charity Youth Music. Chua Siew Ling is a music officer in the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Louise Taylor was an administrator for Folkworks at the Sage Gateshead music centre, and has now moved on to a related community post in Newcastle. Elie Gussman is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit. London. Nobuko Miyazaki is an Education Officer for the Asian Music Circuit, London. Many other MMus graduates continue on to do MPhil/PhD research. Others return, enhanced, to their previous careers. For example, Belinda Sykes is Professor of Medieval Song at Trinity College of Music and singer and director of the Arabic and European medieval song ensemble Joglaresa. A Student's Perspective "SOAS is a great place to study Ethnomusicology. It has the flavour of the world spread through the music made by the students, lecturers and guests." Marina Di Giorgi [-]

MMus Ethnomusicology

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is tailored for musicians and musicologists, anthropologists, teachers and composers, as well as those dedicated to developing an in-depth knowledge of a specific music tradition. [+]

MMus Ethnomusicology Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), usually in Music Start of programme: September intake only Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time Theoretical and practical grounding in the discipline of ethnomusicology, as well as the opportunity to develop performance and ethnographic skills, regional expertise, and a deeper understanding of global music – just some of what you can expect to develop on the MMus Ethnomusicology. This programme is tailored for musicians and musicologists, anthropologists, teachers and composers, as well as those dedicated to developing an in-depth knowledge of a specific music tradition. You will study with the largest and most influential team of ethnomusicologists in the UK, who are experts in the musical traditions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Jewish world. You will be part of a thriving culture of performance, research and active engagement with music around the globe. The programme will suit those looking for a springboard into further research or employment in a range of music-related fields including journalism, industry, NGOs and education, and often serves as a conversion route for those trained predominantly in western music traditions. Structure The MMus programme involves taking three courses and writing a 11,000-word dissertation. In addition to these formal elements, students are expected to attend regular postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities. Course Detail The four formal elements of the MMus Ethnomusicology programme are: The full unit core course Ethnomusicology in Practice. A broad introduction to the major themes of ethnomusicological study. Taught as a weekly two-hour lecture/seminar with additional tutorials. Part-time students must take this in their first year. The Dissertation in Music. A special study 11,000 words in length on a topic agreed with the candidate's supervisor. This will normally relate to the "major region" chosen below, but may instead deal with a theoretical or comparative topic. Part-time students normally take this in their final year. Select courses to the value of 90 credits from List A,B,C and/or D,including at least one course from list A. List A: Area Courses Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) - 15PMUC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia - 15PMUH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Central Asian Music - 15PMUH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures - 15PMUH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Indian vocal music: Styles and histories - 15PMUH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival - 15PMUH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures - 15PMUC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017 Music, Place and Politics in Cuba - 15PMUH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH016 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) - 15PMUH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Sacred Sound in South Asia - 15PMUH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 List B: Additional Music Courses African and Asian Cultures in Britain - 15PANH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World - 15PANH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology - 15PMUH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Composition - 15PMUH013 (0.5 Unit) - Full Year Digital traditional broadcasting communication - 15PMSH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Gender and Music (MMus) - 15PMUH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Music and Healing - 15PMUH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Music in Development - 15PMUC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year Performance - 15PMUC002 (1 Unit) - Full Year Sound Recording and Production - 15PMSH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 The Music Business (Masters) - 15PMUH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 List C: Courses at King's College Students may also take up to a maximum of 45 credit units from King's College Department of Music (see this link for available options: https: //www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/study/handbook/programmes/pgt/mods15-16.aspx) . Special assessment rules apply for SOAS students taking King’s College courses to bring the credit rating of each course up to 45 credits. Please check with course tutors at King’s for specific requirements. Course choices will vary each year, at the time of completing this document, the following courses are available: Advanced Opera Study - (22.5 Unit) Advanced Studies in Musical Analysis & Criticism: Beethoven's Late Works - (22.5 Unit) Issues in Biography and Criticism - (22.5 Unit) Issues in Historiography and Criticism - (22.5 Unit) Performance, Gesture and Meaning - (22.5 Unit) Post-tonal Music and Composition Theory - (22.5 Unit) Theories of Modernism and the Avant-Garde - (22.5 Unit) 21st-Century Bach - (22.5 Unit) List D: Courses at SOAS from other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or MA Area Studies courses (including languages) in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. Course choices are subject to the agreement of both the course convenor and the MMus Ethnomusicology convenor. Courses will normally relate to the same geographical region chosen from List A course(s). Teaching & Learning The Department of Music has been highly rated for teaching and research in all recent assessment exercises, and is regularly ranked amongst the top Music departments in the UK in Good University Guides. Music students have access to the large Main Library of the School which holds numerous books, journals and recordings relevant to the study of ethnomusicology and world music, as well as the nearby British Library Sound Archive and other London libraries and museums. The SOAS Library holds copies of standard reference works on music, such as the current edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The Grove dictionary and the RILM database can also be accessed on line from computer terminals in the Library or elsewhere on the SOAS network. Listening facilities are provided in the Library, and most CDs are available on short loan. Among special items in the Department’s collections are: field recordings, films and slides a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa extensive staff collections relating to specific research interests Destinations A postgraduate degree in Ethnomusicology from SOAS gives students greater intercultural awareness, improved competency in performance and a better understanding of global music which will enable them to continue in the field of research or engage in related work. Equally, they develop a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities including interpersonal skills, communication skills, focus, team work, passion and dedication. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate. Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including: Internet Advertising Board Marie Stopes International Association of Culture & World Music School of Traditional & Popular Music Vortex Jazz Club Sony/EMI S24 Film British Library Grant & Cutler British Library UK Government Warner Music Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include: Production Assistant Sound Archive assistant Bookseller Solicitor Finance Manager Manager of Musical Association Junior Research Executive Project support officer Policy adviser Playworker Library Assistant Local Councillor A Student's Perspective "SOAS is a great place to study Ethnomusicology. It has the flavour of the world spread through the music made by the students, lecturers and guests." Marina Di Giorgi [-]

MMUS Performance and Related Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This Masters develops your technical and interpretive abilities as a performer, informed by an understanding of style, genre, context and interpretation, as well as historical and theoretical issues relevant to your specialist repertoire. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. This Masters develops your technical and interpretive abilities as a performer, informed by an understanding of style, genre, context and interpretation, as well as historical and theoretical issues relevant to your specialist repertoire. You have the opportunity to engage with a range of different musical styles, and to develop those practical and intellectual skills that can make you a better informed and more accomplished performer. You receive significant amounts of one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from expert performers, and participate in yearly master classes with distinguished international performers and teachers. You develop your individual specialist skills to a high technical and artistic standard, while also developing intellectual and team-working skills, and you have the opportunity to perform with a variety of departmental ensembles, including Goldsmiths’ Sinfonia. The programme offers an extensive list of elective modules that encompass historical study and the latest performance-based technologies. The pathway is particularly suitable for those hoping to develop a career as a professional solo or chamber musician, or to develop performance skills before entering teaching, or as preparation for PhD research in performance practice. It appeals to and can accommodate many different types of performer, whether your interests are in Classical or Romantic repertoire, or contemporary music. Skills The programme is designed to develop your practical skills as a musical performer to a high level. Careers The programme provides you with a secure technical and intellectual base on which you can build a career as a professional musician, or enhance your understanding and enjoyment of musical performance. 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. Equivalent qualifications We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world. English language requirements If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. For this programme we require: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0) If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study. [-]

Master Sound Design for Film and TV

NFTS - National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivalling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process... [+]

Sound Design for Film and TV The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivalling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process. In 2011, an NFTS student won the Verna Fields Award for Best Sound Editing in the student category of the US Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. This is the ninth time a graduating NFTS student has won this award in the last fourteen years and, together with the demand for new graduates, demonstrates the esteem with which this course is regarded within the film and television industry. TUTORS Head of Post Production is Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Dean Humphreys, who has worked with many of the world's leading directors, including Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli. Dean has also been the Sound Supervisor or Re-Recording mixer for major television series such as Kingdom (Stephen Fry) and Primeval, in addition to films including The Pianist (for which he won a César award), Interview With The Vampire, The Ghost Writer and Donnie Brasco. Other tutors include Graham Hartstone (Aliens, Eyes Wide Shut, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Queen), Andy Kennedy (Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Adrian Rhodes (The Hollow Crown, Aardman's Pirates!, the Wallace and Gromit films) and Ian Morgan (Vinyl, North and South, Alien vs Predator). ALUMNI Sound Designers Adrian Rhodes (The Queen, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Martin Jensen (The King's Speech, Atonement, The Fades), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Hunger, The Queen), Miriam Ludbrook (The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, Sugar Rush), Stuart Hilliker (Jane Eyre, State of Play) and Lydia Andrew (Audio Director, Electronic Arts) studied at the NFTS. CURRICULUM The course represents a steady progression beginning with the basic technology and skills that underpin and support the creative process and ending with the responsibility for sound design on a range of graduation films. At each stage additional skills are added through specific workshops - e.g. music recording, to provide a comprehensive education that is of great value in understanding and communicating with other industry professionals. Using the latest equipment and technology, students work as sound designers on fiction, documentary and animation projects developing their skills in digital tracklaying and mixing. YEAR ONE A series of exercises focusing on sound editing and mixing techniques Workshops with Editing and Composing students: Abstract Film Workshop Without Images - a sound-only project Dramaturgy Workshop - focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance Editing the Scene - editing a scene to learn the basics of scene structure Short documentary - sound mixing Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling Documentary Poetry - exploring the use of non- synchronous sound and music Animation projects - the application of music and sound effects 1st year Fiction film - collaborating with all other departments Cross Spec - an introduction to film language and storytelling involving all departments YEAR TWO Investigative Documentary - sound post for the major 1st year Documentary production Remixing the 1st year Fiction film tracks Advanced editing, design and mixing techniques including surround sound mixing 2nd Year Fiction production, shot on a digital format Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation On the short films and 2nd Year films, Sound Design students work as sound supervisors, creating the track from pre-production through to the mix. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In the Post Production department, we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications. Applicants are likely to have some industry experience, or training in their chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of sound production, taking you to a higher level of work. Application materials must include visual materials (video or stills) with an associated soundtrack that you have constructed; and a sound montage including speech, that you have created and post-produced. APPLY WITH A DVD of no more than twenty minutes running time, which you have recorded and/or track laid and/or mixed. This can be from a longer work. Those who do not have film/video experience: a narrative sequence of photographs, pictures or cartoons, with an associated speech, music and effects soundtrack recorded on audio CD, which demonstrates the way the applicant works creatively with the audio-visual relationship A sound montage made by the applicant on audio CD of approximately 3 minutes running time. It should include speech, but should not be limited to speech. [-]

Master degree in Composing for Film and Television

NFTS - National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

Today’s language of screen music has shifted. While many scores still provide a musical commentary on the action, others find a way to integrate music into the fabric of the film itself, creating a seamless weave analogous to the camerawork or editing, to the assimilation of music into the sound world of the film as a whole. Sound design and music grow ever closer - in fact, the roles of sound designer and composer are... [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. Composing for Film and Television This course commences in January each year. Our emphasis on collaboration means that Composing students are informed and involved throughout the filmmaking process. In particular, composers work closely with other students in Editing and Sound Post Production, increasing their understanding of the relationship between audio and moving images. Today’s language of screen music has shifted. While many scores still provide a musical commentary on the action, others find a way to integrate music into the fabric of the film itself, creating a seamless weave analogous to the camerawork or editing, to the assimilation of music into the sound world of the film as a whole. Sound design and music grow ever closer - in fact, the roles of sound designer and composer are becoming blurred to the extent that a close collaboration between the two processes is often essential. The application of music to film - the choices inherent in the "when", "how" and "why" - all stem from an informed understanding of the intention of the film and the contribution music could make to it. Informed understanding, musical versatility and the fostering of an individual musical voice are the intentions of this course and these are determined by the practical and intellectual demands on composers working in the industry. Composing graduates are qualified to take on all forms of work in film and television as well as productions in multimedia and interactive programming. TUTORS Head of Post Production is Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Dean Humphreys, who has worked with many of the world's leading directors, including Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli. Dean has also been the Sound Supervisor or Re-Recording mixer for major television series such as Kingdom (Stephen Fry) and Primeval, in addition to films including The Pianist (for which he won a César award), Interview With The Vampire, The Ghost Writer and Donnie Brasco. ALUMNI Recent graduate composing credits include Atonement which netted NFTS graduate Dario Marianelli an Oscar, Golden Globe and Ivor Novello in the Best Original Score category; Wallander, the television drama series, and feature film Endgame, both of which earned BAFTAs for Best Original Score for NFTS graduate Martin Phipps. Martin also received Emmy Award Nominations for his scores on Great Expectations and Sense and Sensibility. Composer Rob Lane also received Emmy nominations for his scores on Longford and HBO's John Adams, as well as winning a BAFTA for Elizabeth I (TV) and a nomination for Jane Eyre. CURRICULUM The Composing course is developmental and progressive. In year one, students are taught the techniques and contexts which inform writing music for the screen. The first term comprises an intensive process during which students compose to a variety of exercises, each one chosen to focus on a particular problem of film composition. These exercises are completed by each student and discussed in seminars and individually assessed. In term two, further exercises concentrate on issues having to do with scoring for live instruments, the combination of live and electro-acoustic elements and the integration a limited range of sound design into film scores. In addition, students will begin engaging with projects generated by other students at the NFTS. This process will continue and dominate the third term. Each student contribution to those films will also be assessed. Students will also participate in visits from industry professionals. In year two, students’ activities will be dominated primarily by work generated from other parts of the school. However, lectures, seminars and the occasional workshop will be provided to clarify and expand issues arising from those projects. As in year 1, students will also participate in visits from industry professionals. YEAR ONE A series of composing workshops combining practical exercises and seminars: Basic narrative techniques Midi, sampling and audio Combining music and sound Narrative with dialogue Non-fiction scoring Instrumentation and orchestration Composing to script Improvisation Ongoing analysis of feature film soundtracks and film structure Orchestration and recording with live musicians Workshops with Sound Design and Editing students: Abstract Film Workshop Without Images - a sound-only project Animation exercises Dramaturgy Workshop – focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance Editing the Scene - editing drama rushes to learn the basics of scene structure Productions Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling Documentary poetry exercise collaborating with Documentary Direction, Editing and Sound Design First Year Film – the major 1st year fiction production collaborating with all other departments Investigative Documentary - the major first year documentary production Cross Spec - an introduction to film language and storytelling involving all departments YEAR TWO Orchestration and recording with live musicians Improvisation Continued analysis of films 2nd year short fiction production, shot on a digital format Co-composing a feature film Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The Composing MA course is part of the Post Production department, where we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications. You might have had some Industry experience in your chosen field, or a background in the arts or other media. You may now be looking for a further professional qualification, or wish to broaden your knowledge of composing for screen, taking you to a higher level of work. Students normally have a degree in music but applicants with equivalent practical experience are also accepted; some composing experience is preferred. We look for composers with a strong personal style, a flexible approach and an intelligent feel for drama and narrative. Candidates should normally be able to notate the music they wish to be performed acoustically, have an understanding of the main historical styles and be able to communicate with others using non-musical terms. It is essential that applicants have a strong and demonstrable interest in film. APPLY WITH Application Criteria On receipt of the application form, duly completed and signed, each applicant will be provided with a link and password to download two film clips. They will be asked to write music to each of these clips, and return their completed work as Quicktime video files with sound and music track, either as downloadable links or as DVD’s sent to the school. On being accepted for interview by the school, the applicants will be invited to bring further material that may be of interest for examination at the discretion of the interviewers. [-]

Master of Music: Orchestral Performance (Strings)

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Developed in partnership with the internationally-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), our recently-developed Master of Music and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Orchestral Performance are designed to enable advanced-level string players to focus on their development as orchestral musicians. Our courses aim to help you develop your expertise as an orchestral musician while supporting your professional development and enhancing your employability by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. These programmes also provide excellent opportunities for you to develop not only as an orchestral musician, but as a solo, chamber and ensemble player. [+]

Key Facts

· Birmingham Conservatoire is one of Europe’s leading music colleges.

· Our Orchestral Performance courses involve guaranteed playing opportunities within selected rehearsals of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

· You will work closely with at least two CBSO players: one will be your mentor within the orchestra, the other will be your teacher for your one-to-one lessons.

· One-to-one lessons are complemented by regular performances and masterclasses within the Conservatoire, including some taken by distinguished visiting guest artists.

· You will have access to a large menu of additional performance activities within the Conservatoire.... [-]


Masters of Music: Music Technology

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Birmingham Conservatoire’s taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) courses in Music Technology provide an opportunity for composers and composer-performers to experiment with and develop expertise in the creative application of established and new music technologies. Our principal aim is to help you to develop as a music technologist within the context of a broadly-based course. We will support your professional development by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. Importantly, our postgraduate music technology courses will provide you with opportunities for collaboration with a variety of performers, conductors, composers and other music technologists as appropriate to your style. [+]

Key Facts

Evidenced by its two international Integra projects, Birmingham Conservatoire is an important international centre for performance and composition with technology, especially live electronics. You will have the chance to network with leading professionals from around the world through the Conservatoire’s leading role in Integra. Our courses include weekly individual specialist tuition with world-leading practitioners and researchers. You will have access to cutting-edge facilities, including our 150-seat Recital Hall, customized for performance with technology, the only space of its kind in a UK conservatoire.  You will have access to regular masterclasses with distinguished visiting composers and performers. You will have opportunities for collaboration with advanced performers and there will be frequent chances to have works performed, including by our own contemporary music ensemble, Thallein, and by other ensembles. Our postgraduate music technology courses give you the chance to develop a distinctive musical voice within the context of a broadly based course, enhancing your employability. ... [-]

Masters of Music: Jazz (Performance or Composition)

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Birmingham Conservatoire is renowned for its Jazz courses, which are tailored specifically to meet the needs of developing jazz musicians. Designed for recent graduates and suitably-qualified mature students, our taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) courses in Jazz are designed to provide bespoke advanced-level tuition to Jazz Performers or Composers. Performance courses are built around the art of improvisation, while Composers are encouraged to develop an individual style. We also offer a PgCert programme for Jazz performers, details of which are available separately from conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk. Key Facts • You will receive weekly individual specialist tuition. • All of our tutors are professional jazz musicians active on today’s scene, and our masterclass series involves coaching from major international jazz artists. • Jazz students have regular performance and rehearsal opportunities with both small and large ensembles. • Our postgraduate Jazz programmes provide students with the opportunity to develop a distinctive musical voice. • We will support your professional development and enhance your employability by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. [+]

Entry Requirements

MMus

You should normally possess at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree (preferably Music) with a minimum of 60% in a relevant area of your final-year work. Non-UK candidates should normally possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree or a similar degree equivalent Diploma from a conservatoire or equivalent institution. You will need to demonstrate at audition/interview that you possess appropriate skills in jazz performance / jazz composition.

PgDip

You should normally possess at least a Lower Second Class Honours Degree (preferably Music) with a minimum of 60% in a relevant area of your final-year work. Non-UK candidates should normally possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree or a similar degree equivalent Diploma from a conservatoire or equivalent institution.  You will need to demonstrate at audition/interview that you possess appropriate skills in jazz performance / jazz composition.... [-]


Master of Music Industries

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The music industry is undergoing significant change. New ways of distributing and consuming music have challenged the standard models of this global business and transformed its place in our lives. The MA in Music Industries at Birmingham School of Media, available on-campus or by distance-learning, provides you with an in-depth understanding of music as a commercial and a cultural activity and the skills to respond effectively to these changes. The annual global revenue of the industry, estimated to be around US$130 billion, means music is a significant employer which provides real opportunities for people with enterprising ideas. Gain Expert Music Industry Tuition: Birmingham School of Media's music industry staff offer a breadth and depth of experience that will be essential to your study of music in a global digital world. The team is led by Prof. Andrew Dubber, Professor of Music Industries Innovation, and internationally renowned for his insightful analyses of this sector. You will also work with Prof. Tim Wall, Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies, and Dr Paul Long, Reader in Media and Cultural History, whose studies of music culture are key to university courses across the world, and with Annette Naudin, our highly regarded expert on media and creative enterprise. Many of the course activities involve other members of the school’s Interactive Cultures research team, and you will work on case studies drawn from our research and industry projects. Be at the Forefront of New Music Industry Strategies. On this course you will master the theoretical work on music culture and the music business, applying these theories to real-world contemporary problems, and challenging accepted wisdom. You will work in a very practical way, operating in groups, trying out ideas, and putting your new knowledge and skill into practice straightaway. Your entrepreneurial skills will be developed, and you will make strong professional contacts and build relationships within the music businesses. This really is the course for you if you aspire to lead at the forefront of innovation in music industry enterprise and scholarship. [+]

Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area and normally evidence of work in, or a familiarity with, the music industries. We welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with substantial professional or production experience. Prior experiential learning is an acceptable route to the course.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Acting (The British Tradition)

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time 9 - 12  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MFA Acting: The British Tradition seeks to widen the actor’s understanding of the practice of acting and its traditions in this country, and provides practical workshop opportunities for students to research, through study and practice, the particular skills and techniques associated with key stages in the development of British theatre performance. Modules will take you through key developments in the British tradition of theatre from the Middle Ages to the modern day, exploring a range of acting techniques and culminating in a fully-staged performance at the end of the year. Key Facts • British acting has long been admired worldwide, but the true source of its quality and the tradition of training and playing in Britain has never been the focal point of a course. BSA is proud to offer this one-of-a-kind accelerated one-year MA concentrating on the British tradition in acting. • This course is aimed at international students with previous performance training and offers those with a passion for live performance the opportunity to explore just what it is that makes British acting unique. From Shakespeare to the pantomime, Restoration comedy to contemporary situation comedy, the British tradition of acting focuses on the importance of narrative, depth, dimension and consistency of character, technical precision, and the actor’s relationship with the audience. • This laboratory course gives actors or other performance and drama professionals the opportunity to enhance their experience in classical and popular forms of acting. • The course is delivered through a series of workshops. • Although performance is key, the focus of the course is on enhancing knowledge and is designed to give its participants a significant career development/CV enhancing opportunity. • The one-year, accelerated format makes it an affordable option for developing professional skills. [+]

Entry Requirements

Previous performance training is essential for this course. A first degree in drama, acting or performing arts, or performance experience will be required in addition to an audition and interview.

The normal entry requirement is a first degree in a related subject area (e.g. Acting, Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, English and Drama) but potential students with a degree in another discipline or with experience in a related professional area would also be considered. You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification.

You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.... [-]


Master in Professional Voice Practice

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This course is intended for graduates who wish to undertake advanced studies in voice in order to pursue careers as voice professionals, who seek specialised practice and study in voice and speech. Whilst the foundation of the course is rooted in the principles of healthy vocal use, it will not focus on a particular system or regime. The course has been developed with the support of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Voice Department and text based work is at the heart of this course. The course will concentrate on an approach to working with language developed by Cicely Berry. The course will also offer some opportunities to work with the singing voice as approaches to spoken and sung text are becoming increasingly important for the voice professional. Birmingham School of Acting also has a working relationship with the Voice Clinic of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. [+]

This course can also be taken as a PostGraduate Diploma without completeing the Dissertation/Reseach Project

Entry Requirements

This course is likely to appeal to those who already have an interest in and some knowledge of voice: actors, drama graduates, teachers, speech therapists, singers and musicians with a particular interest in vocal music.

You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.

Admission to this course is via audition and interview.

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Master in Acting

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme is designed for postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career as professional actors. This intensive course is aimed at students who have some theatrical or higher education experience. It is an extremely intensive training process which demands an enormous amount of time, commitment and energy and is intellectually, physically and emotionally challenging. The emphasis of the course is on rehearsal techniques and performance. [+]

This couse can also be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma

Entry Requirements

Admission is by audition, but we would normally require a degree course or equivalent, or relevant professional experience. The course is also suitable for professional actors seeking a refresher course. The MA option is designed for those with suitable academic abilities.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies. Graduates from the acting courses work consistently in all branches of performance.... [-]


MMus Popular Music Performance

UWL University of West London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Our postgraduate music performance courses offer substantial one-to-one instrumental tuition, with recitalists of international renown. They comprise fascinating and engaging modules that support and extend your practical musicianship and academic skills. [+]

MMus Popular Music PerformanceOur postgraduate music performance courses offer substantial one-to-one instrumental tuition, with recitalists of international renown. They comprise fascinating and engaging modules that support and extend your practical musicianship and academic skills.You can also benefit from London College of Music’s (LCM) weekly Postgraduate Research Seminars and Composition Workshops, which offer great opportunities to learn new skills and network with students from other postgraduate courses. LCM also has several large ensembles, including the LCM Sinfonia, LCM Big Band, LCM Choir, and LCM Glee Choir, which students are able to participate in. Course detailThe course teaching programme runs throughout each calendar year.The MMus in Popular Music Performance addresses the practical, academic and professional needs of contemporary musicians, and we welcome students from all genres. This is a Level 7 postgraduate programme for performers of advanced ability.To study on this course you should be an accomplished performer, and an inquisitive and flexible musician with clear research interests relating to performance. Our students come from classical, jazz and pop backgrounds, and will typically hold an undergraduate qualification in Music, such as a BA (Hons) with Performance, or a BMus (Hons) in Performance.The MMus course develops your musical performance at an advanced level. You will benefit as a performer – not only from the expertise of our instrumental teaching staff, who are all internationally acclaimed, but also from playing with, and learning from, each other in workshops and masterclasses, and participating in the lively musical environment that LCM provides. We place particular emphasis on developing your critical thinking and listening skills, and give you a richer understanding of, and the opportunity to experiment with, a broad range of performance styles.We support the practical side of this course with academic modules that complement and enrich your performing experience. The dissertation enables you to carry out more detailed research in an area of personal interest.You will leave this MMus course a more confident performer and a better-informed all-round musician. You will have gained greater musical skills and insights, as well as essential transferable skills, such as the ability to evaluate situations, engage in professional dialogue, and work effectively with others. Equally, you will have gained significant experience working in, and developing groups and ensembles, which will be crucial to your long-term development as a musician.Entry requirementsCandidates who are selected for interview and audition will hold an appropriate undergraduate qualification, eg a BA (Hons) Music (with Performance) or a BMus (Hons) Performance - with a 2:1 or above. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. (IELTS 6.5)A candidate should include the following information in his/her application pack:1) a completed application from (available from the UWL website)2) two references, one academic3) a copy of his/her degree certificate and transcript4) an example of academic writing (eg an undergraduate essay)5) and a DVD of two performances (approximately three minutes each, but may be longer).International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening), TOEFL ibt at score at 90 or above, Pearson PTE Academic at score 58 or above, or an equivalent secure English language test. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies. We offer pre-sessional English language courses, an International Foundation Programme and a Pre-Masters Programme if you do not meet these requirements.... [-]


Master in Songwriting

Bath Spa University
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a [+]

Master in Songwriting

 

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst continuing to improve creatively. The course, which is based at the university's Corsham Court campus, will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills.

 

 

During the programme you will learn to:

Comment critically upon your own and others’ material; Examine the musicological and historical roots of your craft; Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace; Rewrite and collaborate; Conduct academic research; Develop technical skills; Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work. ... [-]

Master Equivalent of Music - Producing, Engineering and Mixing

Recording Connection Audio School
Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 United Kingdom Aberdeen

With hundreds of locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and theU.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students find their way in to rewarding music industry careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. With hundreds of locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and theU.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students find their way in to rewarding music industry careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios. Each student is paired with a mentor, a successful working producer/engineer with years of experience and real album credits. We partner with hundreds of music professionals across the globe, many of whom work with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists, to ensure that our students are receiving the best guidance, education and opportunities possible. For students who have graduated from the Recording Connection Bachelor Equivalent Audio Programme (or another audio academy) and aspire to a more advanced level of learning, we are pleased to offer an advanced MASTER’S LEVEL programme to help you get there This Master’s Programme naturally affords more on-one-one instruction with your mentor than our basic programme, and covers the following: Advanced Pro-Tools techniques, including elastic audio, auto-tuning and more In-depth training with plugins, compressors and other effects Bringing a band to the studio for an actual recording session co-produced by you and your mentor Overdubs, mixdown and mastering at the advanced level In-depth instruction on the business side of music production …and more! By the time you have completed this programme, you will have a finished, mastered, professional-quality two track demo in hand, which you will be able to submit proudly to music industry professionals. But here’s a bonus… By maintaining a “B” equivalent average grade during your Master’s Programme, you will qualify to have your DEMO SUBMITTED BY US TO TWO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ON YOUR BEHALF—one music producer and one record label executive—AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE! STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT YOUR music industry CAREER: If you’re going to be successful as a record executive, label owner or band manager, you really need to be smart and deliberate regarding your choice of music school. There are many options out there, but many schools charge far too much money and don’t offer any real connection to the music industry itself. By choosing one of these schools, you run the risk of taking on career-crushing amounts of student debt for little or no return on your investment. And for someone trying to make it in the music business, that can halt your career before it ever starts. Don’t be that guy or girl. Don’t make the mistake of spending $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000 for a music school education that offers no real path to your future, and don’t make the even more serious mistake of taking on that kind of debt. Let’s be clear: your key to breaking into the music business doesn’t lie in a classroom with a bunch of other students, nor does it lie in some sort of online program that offers you no real feedback. Your path to success lies in the music industry itself—with the people who are actually DOING the work, who can show you the ropes and help you make your own connections. The Recording Connection offers this opportunity with our unique music business training program. Instead of placing you in an overpriced classroom, we place you as a working apprentice (extern) with a real music industry professional who is doing the job you want to be doing. As you follow a structured course curriculum, you’ll gain lots of real-world experience as you work alongside your mentor, and you’ll learn how to make the connections you need in order to succeed (and trust us—success in this business is ALL about connections). Best of all, you’ll gain this experience, knowledge and insider access for a FRACTION of what other music schools charge, so you can graduate with little or no debt and get on with your career. The music industry is a highly competitive field, and it’s the smart ones, the ones willing to think outside the box, who are the ones who rise to the top. For you, that begins with making choices about your education that will actually help your career without crushing you with debt. If you’re serious about beating out the competition to become a successful record executive or band manager, the Recording Connection is here to help! [-]