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Digital Music and Media Composition, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #310 (QS) Online
The MA in Digital Music and Media Composition at University College Cork offers a unique opportunity to explore interdisciplinary creativity while gaining essential digital music and art skills. The online MA allows for flexibility for the working professional looking to gain new skills as well as the international student looking for a creative digital arts course.


The Online MA in Digital Music and Media Composition at University College Cork provides a thorough grounding in current digital music and media composition techniques. Students who complete the course will possess the ability to author and deliver digital creative content intended for screen (television, film, online content, games) and/or artistic aims (multimedia performance, installations, creative apps). The students will become fluent in the language of digital media artists and practitioners and have an ability to contextualize their work in a contemporary setting.

The MA in Digital Music and Media Composition is an intensive online postgraduate course focused on the composition of digital art in many formats with music principals at their core.


On successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Compose, mix and edit digital music and video
  • Creatively Program computers using a variety of mainly open source programming languages for digital artists
  • Contextualize their work in the contemporary fields of studio composition, sound design and digital art.
  • Research and design systems and/or tools for composition, performances and installations
  • Create soundtracks for audio-visual projects (film, video, installation, performance)
  • Discover new approaches to music and image interaction

The combination of these skills enables a graduate to explore employment possibilities in broadcasting, recording, producing, engineering, computing, information technology, composition, performance, and research

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Music and Media Composition and Orchestration
  • Coding for Creatives
  • Digital Music and Media Composition and Orchestration
  • Making Time-based Digital Art
  • Understanding Digital Media Art
  • Digital Media Art in Performance
  • Portfolio

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date This programme is not on offer for 2019/2020.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A candidate must hold an Honours Bachelor's degree in Music, with a grade of Second Class Honours, Grade II or higher, and demonstrate experience in the creation of music.
  • Candidates with an Honours degree in another subject, Second Class Honours, Grade II or higher, and a demonstrable experience of composing with music and/or digital media may also be eligible. 
  • Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent (e.g. professional musician or other artist of high standing, etc.) will also be considered.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of compositional work in whatever form is suitable (scores, recordings, videos, computer programmes, etc.) and may also be required to attend an interview.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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