Music BMus

Composition Advanced 40 MUSIC4068

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to enable students to pursue guided individual work, culminating in a portfolio, with an emphasis on emerging personal stylistic identity.


12 x 1hr lectures;

8 x 1hr seminars;

15 x 1 hr workshop over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

5 hours of project supervision over 20 weeks to be arranged individually.

Excluded Courses





Performance workshop with critical reflection (700 words) - 20%

Composition for prescribed ensemble (6-8 mins) - 20%

Portfolio (15-20 minutes) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ provide an in-depth understanding of the students' own personalised approaches to creating musical compositions;

■ enable students to apply specialised critical awareness in the practice of free composition in collaborative contexts as well as through an extended portfolio;

■ enable students to synthesize a host of musicianship skills, including aesthetic awareness and critical listening, in the pursuit of a portfolio of written compositions, as well as collaborative devising workshops;

■ develop students' abilities to exploit their own set of practical tools in composition;

■ allow for students' continued collaboration in devising workshops

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ synthesise a wide array of technical means and musical perspectives to create music compositions;

■ apply in-depth aesthetic judgement in the pursuit of an emerging personal stylistic identity in composing;

■ develop routine personalised skills in the refinement of an effective compositional practice;

■ effectively negotiate a broad range of specialised concerns in composition such as harmony, melodic structure, form, notation, texture and timbre;

■ design compositions with an emerging affinity for the sonic and gestural capabilities of the chosen media, and with a critical awareness of the collaborative aspects of music making.

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.