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York St John University

Music: Composition

UCAS Code: W3R5

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Music composition

Work with accomplished international composers who teach through practice.

Whatever genre you focus on, this is the place to build your compositional voice. Your composing will develop through exposure to film music, improvisation and challenging new ideas. You will have exciting opportunities to hear your work performed by professional ensembles, as you become part of a vibrant musical network alongside performers, community musicians and educators.

We believe the study of music should be eclectic and embrace a variety of genres. At York St John University you will not only learn about classical, jazz and rock; but also about music from many different cultures from across the globe. Our teaching staff includes accomplished composers who are active practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. During your time with us you’ll have professional performers interpret your work and there will be concerts where your music will be performed and recorded.

York is an inspiring and beautiful place to study and is the perfect place to build your collaborative networks. It’s a city rich in culture, with a thriving music scene across countless venues. As a composer you will actively collaborate with experienced musicians, community members, artists and arts organisations in order to develop performances, skills and professional contacts.

Our students leave the course at a professional standard when presenting compositions, with a full range of vocational skills. You’ll further develop your portfolio; building a bank of recordings, a collection of scores and a professional online presence. You will be adept at creating large-scale musical structures, having spent time focussed on composing for larger groups such as bands and choirs. You can also continue your studies at Postgraduate Level on our MA Music Composition programme.

Modules

Students on this programme will naturally take the composition options but will also be active in performing in ensembles. Alongside experience of Improvisation and Film Music, you may also explore aspects of community and education in the second year. There are many opportunities for hearing your compositions performed by fellow students as well as by visiting professional ensembles. Modules may include: Level 1: Vox; Drumming; Music Skills; Perspectives on Music. Level 2: Ensemble Performance; Improvisation; Composition; Solo Performance; Film Music; Music in Education & Lifelong Learning; Community Music; Experiments in Music; Sounds New. Approaching the Contemporary. Level 3: Enterprise & Employability in Music; Advanced Solo Performance; Advanced Composition; Community & Wellbeing; Ensembles & Leadership; Collaborative Project; Dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,750
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Music composition

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
27%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£17k

£20k

£20k

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