Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years. The course is delivered through evening classes and one-to-one tutorials.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
The MA Music is a taught postgraduate course for musicians interested in developing their music practice and increasing their profile as professional artists.
The MA Music tests ways of taking music practice in different directions and then carrying out projects in which this work is presented to the public. The flexible modules allow for consideration of instrumental and studio composition, interdisciplinary and multimedia pieces, installation art, community projects and more. The course is a space to try out bold, new ideas and an opportunity to acquire the real-world skills required by professional artists.
Students on the course build a portfolio of music outputs whilst developing skills such as project management, managing and archiving public events, and arts promotion.
The course is delivered through a combination of evening classes and one-to-one tutorials at mutually convenient times.
Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed.
Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:
International Students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5.
The PG Cert modules plus
The PG Dip modules plus
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MA Music provides stimulus in the form of directed reading and listening, discussions, and workshops to enable you to take your existing music practice in different directions before presenting it to a public audience.
The course allows for students who prepare their work through devising, composition, studio composition or improvisation. Students will typically perform their own music, either solo or as part of an ensemble. However, applicants who prefer to direct other musicians are also welcome as are those applicants with an interest in audio art, multimedia art or interdisciplinary performance.
The MA in Music can be used as the first year of the DA in Creative Practice for those students who want to continue studying to doctorate level.
The UCLan MA Music course enables you to:
"I have found the level of support and contact with tutors both encouraging, supportive and challenging in equal measure such that I feel I can approach any of the tutors for support and know that I will receive the assistance that I need to grow professionally."
Jules Bryant-Funnell, MA Music
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:
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If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
The course is taught by professional artists who are established leaders in their own field. The University has established good links with theatres and arts organisations across the North West including the New Continental in Preston, the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, hÅb in Manchester, the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, and LANWest as well as other arts venues in the region. The School has in the past hosted a number of visiting artists and companies of national and international standing.
Students learn alongside a diverse variety of music practitioners and are typically assessed on their creation of a music portfolio, an arts project, and a research project. To aid in producing this work, support is provided by a number of tutors whose expertise covers a wide variety of music practices.
The MA Music is intended to prepare students to generate and make the most of opportunities as practicing musicians. Continuation onto the Professional Doctorate is available on completion of this course.