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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Sussex

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Develop your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work. Explore theory and practice in the field of music production. You’ll focus on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills.

Our MA reflects current developments in and beyond the concert hall, including music for film, media and interactive arts. You will:

  • compose
  • make sound art
  • devise music theatre
  • use music technologies
  • create film music
  • evaluate music and sonic art.

The course is for composers, musicians, sound artists, sound and music practitioners from related fields including theatre, and theorists with interests in music and sound.

The Department of Music is a major international centre for the study of contemporary music, contemporary musical thinking and music theatre.

We offer a unique range of inter-related research disciplines. We have expertise in areas from opera and music theatre to composition. This allows you to develop an integrated portfolio of work corresponding to your strengths and interests.

CAREERS

You will have built up a substantial portfolio of compositions and creative projects during the course.

Our course emphasises and encourages skills in technology, communication, IT, evaluation, analysis, collaboration and organisation, and enables you to go on to compose, arrange, perform, produce, record and engage in sound design.

With these skills and experiences, our graduates are prepared to work in an amazing range of careers, such as:

  • freelance professional musicians and composers
  • work in the arts sector
  • in publishing
  • arts administration
  • producing events
  • radio broadcasting
  • writing and lecturing.

You also gain the skills to go on to do research, teaching in schools, music journalism, writing music for video games and running your own music production company.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sussex

  • University League Table

    40th

  • Campus address

    University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN1 9RH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 97

    7th out of 102 5

    24th out of 85 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    142 70%

    18th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    18th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    78th

    12
  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    146 76%

    19th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%

    5th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.41 88%

    7th

    2
  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    153 71%

    23rd

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    19th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%

    64th

    10

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