BMus (Hons) Composition

Course summary

88% of students on our music courses said they 'would recommend their course to others' in the National Student Survey 2016.

Overview

Composition at the London College of Music draws on a wide range of cultural influences; not ignoring the challenges of the avant garde or, by contrast, the commercial demands of writing for media.

student-composing-at-keyboardWhy choose this course?

Professor Francis Pott, Head of Composition, is an internationally celebrated composer, known for such masterpieces as The Cloud of Unknowing.

The department runs a composers' workshop series, in which you will have the opportunity to meet leading composers. In recent semesters, Michael Finnissy, Judith Weir, Augusta Read Thomas, Simon Holt, Param Vir, Philip Grange, Bryn Harrison and many others have attended these workshops, along with major film composers such as John Cameron, and virtuoso performers demonstrating their instruments. Members of staff include producer/composer Paul Borg and celebrity arranger and producer Pip Williams, who also contribute to the series.

BMus Composition is a three-year course in which you can specialise in score-based composition, while also taking modules with Performance and Music Technology students.

As part of our celebrated Composer’s Workshop series, you will meet many internationally celebrated composers – innovating and reinventing their profession.

Career and study progression

On graduating, career options include:

  • media composition
  • music publishing
  • arranging and copying
  • music teaching.

flute-and-sheet-musicOn successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to study at postgraduate level.

See our postgraduate courses page to view the full range of postgraduate degree courses offered by the London College of Music.

Course detail

Course overview

This course provides aspiring composers with the opportunity to take command of the widest range of techniques from the traditional right through to those of the avant garde, and helps the development of individual and original styles in concert composition, jazz and popular music. Studying composition at LCM encourages professionalism underpinned by strong musicianship skills.

It also encourages links with both music technology and music management departments in order to offer comprehensive and meaningful insight into the world of composition and its relevance to the performance aspect of the industry. The course is also available in combination with both Music Technology and Music Management modules. Internationally acclaimed composers are on the staff to support your studies, with many leading composers at the height of their creative careers visiting on a regular basis to give Composers' Workshops.


Modules

Year One (Level 4)

  • Composition
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Music Analysis
  • Music History A: 1600-1900
  • Methods and Materials.

Year Two (Level 5)

  • Composition
  • Music History B: 20th-21st Century Music 
  • Orchestration and Arranging.

Optional modules:

  • Creative Sound
  • Fugal Composition and Analysis
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music and Enterprise
  • Advanced DAW and Mixing.

Year Three (Level 6)

  • Advanced Orchestration and Arranging
  • Composition.

Optional modules:

  • Experimental Sound
  • Independent Research Project
  • Music Education Workshop
  • Music Management.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 112-128 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) normally in a minimum of two subject areas including Music or a related subject area
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalent.

Grade 8 standard on the first study instrument or voice is desired plus sight reading ability at Grade 5 or 6 and theory at Grade 5.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£6167

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£8000
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

On receipt of application, candidates will automatically be invited to submit a portfolio of their original compositions and/or recordings (this can be a digital submission). Your portfolio must include at least 2 compositions. For Film Music Composition, it would be preferable (but not essential) if one, or more of these pieces could be synchronised to picture. Successful candidates will then be invited for an interview in person or by Skype.

For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

Notable aspects

In the celebrated Composer’s Workshop series you will meet many internationally celebrated composers at the innovative cutting edge of their profession.

What our students say

Lenka Bozeticka, BMus (Hons) Music Performance with Composition

"The best thing about the course were my singing lessons. My teacher is amazing and extremely knowledgeable!”

“Now I have graduated I want to continue my singing lessons and become a professional opera singer."

Oliver Stokes, BMus (Hons) Music Performance with Composition

"My university experience was vibrant and exciting, especially getting the opportunity to meet a variety of students who were studying on different courses.

The course has given me a great opportunity of work and experience for the future."

Jobs and placements

Recent appointments for alumni

Composition

Umit Armagan (BMus 2010 – 2013) has embarked on postgraduate studies as the Guildhall School of Music.

Lorenzo Glieca (BMus 2006 – 2009) co-authored a book published by Cambridge University Press: 'Sound-Music & The Moving-Thinking Body' (2013) based on proceedings from a conference he organized at the School of Advanced Studies, Senate House in 2011.

Career and study progression

On graduating, career options include:

  • media composition
  • music publishing
  • arranging and copying
  • music teaching.

Study progression

On successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to study at postgraduate level.

See our postgraduate courses page for the full range of our postgraduate courses.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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