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Individual Creative Practice MUSIC5084

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course supports students in developing their own clearly defined individual approach to composition and creative practice. Through small group and individual tutorials, it helps students to frame their creative practice as research enquiry, and acts as preparation for the larger creative portfolio.


5 x 2 hour sessions (seminar/workshop/tutorial), one per fortnight

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level. Students must be proficient in reading and manipulating musical staff notation and have experience of music composition.

Excluded Courses





Composition or realisation of a creative project of ca. 10 minutes duration (80%)

Critical commentary of 1000 words, which may be in the form of a blog (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ prepare students for embarking on a substantial body of original musical practice in the form of a creative portfolio

■ enable students to frame their individual practice as research enquiry or process

■ support students in developing a clearly defined individual approach to composition and creative practice

■ extend and refine skills introduced in the Composition, Digital and Creative Skills course

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ devise and realise a compositional or creative project, arranging and assembling relevant materials, resources and processes

■ deploy creative techniques and approaches relevant to clearly defined aesthetic goals and intentions

■ express musical ideas effectively through musical notation, sound or other media

■ evaluate, contextualise and critique their practice

■ formulate their practice in terms of research enquiry

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.