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Composition Studies

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Composition Studies

1. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Music (Composition) must complete:
(a) 36 credit points of Composition Studies electives
2. Students undertaking the Music Education Stream must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of Composition Studies electives
3. Students undertaking one of the following Bachelor of Music Programs must complete:
(a) Composition for Creative Industries: 12 credit points of Composition Studies electives
(b) Digital Music and Media: 18 credit points of Composition Studies electives
Composition Through Improvisation 1
3      Semester 1
Composition Through Improvisation 2
3    P CMPN1000
Semester 2
Vocal Composition Workshop
3    A Sight singing; basic choral skills required; familiarity with music notation and music notation software.
P CMPN1331 or CMPN1601

if prerequisite not met, you may request special permission
Semester 2
Sound Recording Fundamentals
3    N CMPN2006
Semester 1
Semester 2
Percussion Composition Workshop

if prerequisite not met, you may apply for special permission
Semester 1
Instrumentation and Orchestration
6      Semester 1
New Music, New Thinking
6      Semester 2
Music Notation and Publishing
6      Semester 1
Scoring and Arranging for the Screen
6      Semester 2
Comp Techniques: Number and Process
6    P CMPN1612

Strong music theory and notation skills are essential in this unit of study
Semester 1
Comp Techniques: Tonality and Process
6    P CMPN2613 or CMPN2011

Strong music theory and notation skills are essential in this unit of study
Semester 2
Computer Music Advanced
6    A computer programming in Max/MSP or similar software for sound and media.
P CMPN1632
Semester 1
Advanced Instrumentation/Orchestration
6    A Students should be competent in score writing and fundamental knowledge of instruments and orchestration while also having composition experience.
P CMPN1611
Semester 2
Interactive Media and Sound Installations
6    P CMPN1013 OR MUSC2653
C CMPN2631 OR CMPN2632

The unit makes use of interactive programming techniques and other technical skills taught in CMPN2631/2632. Enrolling concurrently in one of these subjects alongside CMPN3634 is recommended.
Semester 2
Writing Music for the Moving Image
6    P MUED1002 or CMPN1013 or MUSC2653 or MUED4002
Semester 1
Live Electronic Music Performance
6    A Students enrolling in this Unit of Study are expected to have previous experience with music technology, including recording and music creation software. Students will be expected to perform.
P (CMPN1013 or MUSC2653) and (CMPN1631 or CMPN1632)
Semester 1
Composer Performer Workshop 1
3      Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 2
3    P CMPN3000
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 3
3    P CMPN3001
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 4
3    P CMPN4000
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composition Workshop

18 credit points of 1000-level units from any discipline or faculty.
Semester 1