|Type of programme||Mode of study||Profile of the programme||Standard study length||Language Instruction||Department|
|Continuing Master's Programme||full-time||academically oriented||2 years||English||Composition Department|
Guarantor of study programme
The study of the Composition programme at the Master's level is mainly aimed at supporting the development of students' creative individuality, the formation of their own distinctive artistic style and musical opinions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the current situation of the field and one's own position in it. Technical exercises are more narrowly focused on specific solutions to the students' distinctive creative intentions. Groups of compulsory optional courses then allow students individual profiling across three basic areas: composition for acoustic instruments, electroacoustic music, film music and their intersections, which are inherent in the current state of the field. This is also related to further deepening education in the field of working with modern technologies in various phases of compositional activity. It also deepens the theoretical education and ability of students to use their knowledge in critical reflection on artistic practice.
Profile of a programme graduate
The graduate of the Master's programme in Composition is a distinctive and creative individual. He/she is well versed in contemporary music and is capable of independent compositional work. His/her work has distinct and stylistic features. His/her responsiveness, technical assurance, responsibility in the submission of his work, his/her orientation in the current currents of contemporary music, as well as his/her ability to see them in a broader historical and cultural context predestines him/her for professional work in the field of contemporary music, as well as in a number of related areas.
The graduate of the programme is familiar with and responds creatively to a wide range of contemporary music. He or she is familiar with and able to participate actively in music and cultural activities in general.
He/she is capable of highly relevant argumentation in relation to current music theoretical and creative discourses.
The graduate of the programme is capable of independent compositional work, and his/her work has distinct stylistic characteristics. He/she is able to work independently and creatively with modern technologies, including softwares for sound editing and processing or notation software. He/she is capable of creating a notographically professional and stylistically appropriate graphic form of the score. He/she is capable of teamwork and initiating it, such as in the production of musical performances, the creation of interdisciplinary works etc.
The graduate of the programme has proficient analytical and procedural skills and the ability to follow them independently and consistently. He/she demonstrates a strong capacity for self-motivation and self-discipline, including the ability to self-study in preparation for continuous future learning with a view to a sustainable career path. Uses a variety of technical resources in their own music making and uses them to promote their professional profile. Acts as a confident and trustworthy personality and communicates effectively. He/she is able to use current information technologies for professional communication and presentation.
Rules and requirements for creating study plans
The basic framework for the conception of study programmes at AMU is created by the AMU Rules of Quality Assurance System, specifying the basic principles of accreditation processes. The current practice is further formally anchored by the AMU Accreditation Rules. These set the parameters common to all study programmes taught at AMU and also transfer part of the responsibility for subject specifications (theatre, music, dance, film/television) to the faculties.
The curricula are drawn up in accordance with the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations. On the basis of the specificities of higher artistic education, this document defines within the typology of subjects the required main subject (PH): this is a key artistic (or talent-based) core course, for which the assessment is always carried out on a commission basis and which does not allow for re-attestation. Another specificity of the curricula is the flexibility allowed in the distribution of credits (60 ECTS per academic year) between the winter and summer semesters, based on the greater workload associated with the completion of artistic outputs in the summer semester in some disciplines.
The theoretical and historical background of the field is a compulsory part of all study programmes; these are compulsory core courses co-determining the profile of the graduate and forming part of the state final examination. Each study plan also includes compulsory completion of discipline-specific English language instruction, with a minimum of 6 ECTS per study cycle.
Courses completed by examination are graded on a scale from A to E (F = fail), while „pass/fail“ grades are used for other courses; a combination of the two types of assessment is not possible.
The standard length of a lesson is 45 minutes. The basic organisational forms of teaching are lecture, seminar, exercise, workshop, the last three forms of teaching involving the creation of artistic outputs to varying degrees. Teaching takes place either on a weekly basis or in the form of intensive blocks or workshops.
The curriculum automatically assumes prerequisites in the form of sequences of courses, indicated by an ascending number after the course title. This type of prerequisite is not specifically mentioned in Part BIII for individual courses. If a course has a non-sequential prerequisite, it is explicitly listed in Part BIII for the course. In the same sense, we do not list prerequisites; these are determined by the mandatory inclusion of the course in a particular year and semester along with other courses.
The curriculum includes the following groups of required optional courses:
Required optional courses A – Orchestration: Orchestration II.1, 2, Scoring for Film Music 1, 2.The student must obtain a minimum of 6 credits from this group of required optional courses during his/her studies.
Required optional courses A – Compositional techniques: Advanced techniques of contemporary composition 1, 2, Advanced methods of music programming, synthesis and live electronics 1, 2. The student must earn a minimum of 6 credits from this group of required optionals during the course of study.
Required optional courses B – Vocational Courses for the Composition programme: Historical composition Studies 7-10, Introduction to conducting 1 and 2, Seminar of Notography, Improvisation and Performance, Piano practice, Intrumental practice, Ear Training for Composers, Studio N, Introduction to MAX Programming, Introduction to Studio recording. Students must earn a minimum of 8 credits from this group of required optionals during their studies. These credits may also be earned by taking Required Optional A – Orchestration/Compositional Techniques beyond the required 6 credits.
The curriculum includes elective courses: the Department of Composition offers modular learning courses during the year, as needed. This consists of creative workshops (e.g. in Poněšice), lectures by Ph.D. students and teachers on their artistic research and guest teaching. Physical and Relaxation Training and other optionals offered by AMU. Students must earn a minimum of 18 credits in optionals during their studies.
General information about admission process
There is a fee for studying in English. The amount of tuition fee for each study programme (including specialisations) is set by the Dean's Decree, which is published in the relevant section of the faculty website in English.
The admission procedure is divided into two rounds: first by correspondence, second in-person. In the correspondence round, the applicant must demonstrate consistent and professional level of his/her work as a composer. In the second round, in addition to the talent examination, the applicant is subjected to a evaluation of technical knowledge, abilities and prerequisites at the level of a graduate of the Bachelor's degree programme in Composition at HAMU. Candidates will present relevant outputs from previous studies or prepare short studies in the field of historical and modern compositional techniques and electroacoustic music. During a motivational discussion with the admissions committee, the level of their theoretical knowledge and general cultural and historical overview is also examined.
Structure of the admission procedure:
1st round – by correspondence
Within 7 working days after the deadline for submitting the application form, the applicant for the Mater's program is obliged to send a portfolio for the last 3 years via email to email@example.com. Materials should include a selection of representative scores in electronic form (.pdf) and recordings, if any (.wav, .mp3) or functional internet links to them. In case of questions or other uncertainties regarding the required documents, the responsible staff of the Department of Composition can be contacted by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions Committee will review and evaluate these materials and decide by vote (pass/fail) on the applicants' progress to the next round of the admissions process. In the case of a „fail“ decision, the admission procedure is terminated. In the case of a 'pass' decision, the applicant will be invited by the Department to attend the second part of the admission procedure in-person.
Documents sent after the deadline will not be included in the admission procedure. Failure to submit documents by the deadline will be considered as failure to meet the conditions of round 1 and the admission procedure will be terminated.
Round 2 – in person
This round will take place on one or two consecutive days, depending on the number of applicants. It consist of two parts – evaluation and interview. The scoring of both parts will take place after the second part.
Part 1 - evaluation
Verification of knowledge, abilities and prerequisites at the level of a graduate of the Bachelor's degree programme in Composition at HAMU according to the following assignment:
- Examples of short studies in historical composition styles (G. P. da Palestrina, J. S. Bach) and dodecaphony (series, quaternion and dodecaphonic invention from this material in the style of the Second Viennese School).
2) Creation of a short sound composition (approx. 1 minute) on his/her own computer or in the EA Music Department's Composition Lab (ProTools, Cubase, Reaper, other platforms are subject to individual agreement) from audio material provided to the candidate. Technical parameters for the work can be specified upon request.
The candidate can send the materials for the evaluation in advance (in electronic form) or prepare them at the HAMU campus using the technical equipment of the department on the day of the evaluation. The Committee will evaluate the materials and, on the basis of the materials, will accept or not accept the individual points (1-2) of the written part of the attendance procedure as fulfilled.
Part 2 - interview
- Presentation of a set of compositions composed within the last three years.
- Submission of a study in the music theory field (approximately 20 pages, this may be an undergraduate written supplementary thesis).
The admissions committee will conduct a professional motivational discussion with the applicant on a wide range of issues related to composition, music theory, and general music historical perspective. The length of the candidate's presentation should not exceed 30 minutes (including introductions and commentary on the compositions), and the total length of the presentation and interview should not exceed 60 minutes.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate the applicant with an overall grade that takes into account: assessment of significant compositional talent, developed general musical ability, convincing mastery of compositional techniques, in-depth knowledge of music-theoretical disciplines, and general cultural insight, all at least at the level of a graduate of the Bachelor's degree program in composition at HAMU.
The conditions of the admission procedure, including the determination of the method of scoring and its range, are regulated for each academic year by the relevant decree of the Dean, which is subject to approval by the Academic Senate of the Faculty.
Applicability to other types of academic programmes
The follow-up Master's programme in Composition at HAMU builds on the three-year Bachelor's programme in Composition at HAMU, but completion of this Bachelor's programme is not a prerequisite. Therefore the technical knowledge, skills and requirements at the level of a graduate of the Bachelor's degree programme in Composition at HAMU are tested during the admission procedure.
Graduates of the follow-up Master's programme in Composition have the opportunity to apply for the Ph.D. programme in Composition and Theory of Composition at HAMU or other related programmes at other faculties of the AMU in Prague or at other art schools in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Parts of the state final examination and their contents
VŠKP (University final thesis) consists of two parts:
- The composition, which in its difficulty and scope (approximately 15-20 minutes) corresponds to a substantial composition for symphony orchestra. However, it may also be a different score, e.g. a major work for a large chamber ensemble, a concertante work, a work with a vocal component, a work supported by digital technology etc., or a set of such works. The specific assignment, compositional technique, score, and other specifics are determined by the department on an individual basis, taking into account the student's focus.
- The thesis, which forms an integral and important supplement to the submitted composition and is usually related to it in terms of content. Its minimum size is 40 standard pages (1800 chracters per page) of text.
The state final examination consists of three parts:
- Defence of the composition. The main criteria is the artistic and compositional technical level of the submitted composition(s). Additional criteria are the graphic realization and informative level of the submitted score(s), as well as the ability to defend one's creative intentions, to discuss and argue in an informed manner.
- Defence of the thesis. The depth of the research on the given problem, the ability to formulate one's own conclusions, the orientation in the chosen topic both in the local and international context, one's own contribution to the topic and the share of authentic (not plagiarised) ideas and conclusions in the text, as well as the ability to defend one's theoretical postulates, to discuss and argue in an informed manner are evaluated.
Relevant courses of the profiling basis: Composition, Orchestration II, Scoring for Film Music, Advanced Techniques of Contemporary Composition, Advanced Methods of Music Programming, Synthesis and Live Electronics, Composition Seminar, Diploma Seminar II.
- Theoretical oral examination. During the exam, two questions are asked – the first from thematic areas based on the material covered in the course Theory of Composition, the second relating this material to the context of the diploma assignment, especially to its theoretical written part.
Relevant courses profiling the foundation: Theory of Composition, Composition, Diploma Seminar II.
Thematic areas of the theoretical oral examination, e.g.:
Compositional use of chance
Harmonic series as a basis of compositional method
Perceptual limitations of the listener
Other academic duties
Participation in events organized by the department, especially concerts and other performances. Consistent interest in contemporary music and active search for new knowledge.
Characterisation of professional practice
Anticipated job placement for graduates (typical employment)
Graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Composition programme find employment in a variety of positions. In addition to freelance work (autonomous commissioned work, work for theatre, radio, film and television), they can also find employment in editorial, production, dramaturgy (publishing houses, radio, television, orchestras and festivals).
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