Composition Portfolio (A) MUSIC5020

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The Composition Portfolio (A) aims to develop students' practice-based skills in music and to provide thorough knowledge of contemporary contexts for compositional activity. It achieves this through involvement in supervised compositional activity resulting in a composition portfolio, accompanied by critical reflection on the compositional process in the form of a critical commentary.

The programme will critically examine a range of approaches to composition. It will be taught within a Department which is committed to a diverse range of approaches to the study of music and which includes theorists, composers and performers. The programme has been designed to reflect this diversity and to bring to students the benefits of studying in a research-led environment. More specifically the programme aims to:

Give students the skills and confidence to compose in a variety of contexts and for a variety of media and forces
Develop students' knowledge of current directions in composition, as evidenced in the work of other composers, performers and artists, and in related books and journals
Encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the field of composition and of their own work as composers
Enable students to develop a critical understanding of a number of different approaches to composition
Improve students' analytical, writing skills and presentation skills in the context of researching through composition at postgraduate level.

Timetable

Self-directed, supervised, study across the academic year.

Total of 20 hours direct contact time.

Assessment

Successful completion of a compositional portfolio of around 15 minutes of music, accompanied by a Critical Commentary of up to 2,000 words, assessed in combination.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The Composition Portfolio (A) aims to develop students' practice-based skills in music and to provide thorough knowledge of contemporary contexts for compositional activity. It achieves this through involvement in supervised compositional activity resulting in a composition portfolio, accompanied by critical reflection on the compositional process in the form of a critical commentary.

The programme will critically examine a range of approaches to composition. It will be taught within a Department which is committed to a diverse range of approaches to the study of music and which includes theorists, composers and performers. The programme has been designed to reflect this diversity and to bring to students the benefits of studying in a research-led environment. More specifically the programme aims to:

Give students the skills and confidence to compose in a variety of contexts and for a variety of media and forces
Develop students' knowledge of current directions in composition, as evidenced in the work of other composers, performers and artists, and in related books and journals
Encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the field of composition and of their own work as composers
Enable students to develop a critical understanding of a number of different approaches to composition
Improve students' analytical, writing skills and presentation skills in the context of researching through composition at postgraduate level.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will develop a critical understanding of composition and of a range of approaches to the study of composition. On completion of the programme students will be able to:

* Undertake high quality composition which engages with musical problems, and which demonstrates knowledge of a range of musical practices
* Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current directions within composition and the ability to participate in debates within the field
* Show an awareness of a broader frame of scholarly reference into which the candidate's composition practice can be placed
* Demonstrate a range of transferable skills in critical thinking and verbal expression (both written and oral)

The key intellectual skill to be developed will be that of undertaking critically-reflexive Composition. This will be demonstrated in a number of ways including:

* Producing music in medium to large-scale forms for a variety of media and forces
* Exploring in detail a range of artistic and technical processes underpinning composition
* Critically reflecting upon, evaluating and analysing their own work and that work of others
* Deploying effective technical and artistic control over media and materials
* Exploring appropriate cultural contexts and discursive frameworks for composition

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Successful completion of a compositional portfolio of around 15 minutes of music, accompanied by a Critical Commentary of up to 2,000 words, assessed in combination at Grade D or above.