Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Eoin Callery
Email: Telephone: +353 (0)61 20 202542

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Brief Description

The MA Composition and Creative Music Practice is a unique, one-year, full-time postgraduate programme for composers, sound artists, improvisers and performers from all music traditions who wish to develop their own individual artistic practice and explore cross-genre, cross-arts and cross-cultural creativity.

As a one-year full-time or two-year part-time postgraduate programme, the MA Composition and Creative Music Practice is designed to develop individual artistic practice and facilitate collaborative exploration of cross-genre, cross-arts and cross-cultural creativity. Students create acoustic and/or electronic music through an inclusive range of composition, improvisation and performance practices. The programme welcomes students from all music traditions (traditional, folk, popular, world, classical) and sound art practices, working with and/or without music notation. 


The MA Composition and Creative Music Practice is:

  • Ideal for creative musicians and artists who wish to work within a particular tradition and/or at the intersections of Irish traditional music, classical music, ‘new’ and experimental music and sound art, popular music and global musics
  • Progressive and interdisciplinary in its approach to creativity, supporting cross-arts exploration, collaboration and inventiveness
  • Designed to develop the complementary creative music practices of composition, performance, improvisation, and sound art.
  • Committed to developing oral/aural creative processes and/or score-based practices towards the creation of acoustic and/or electro-acoustic music and sound art
  • Inclusive of diverse, local and global traditions and practices

Please note that due to visa requirements, the two-year part-time version of the programme is only available to those who qualify for visa free study in Ireland.

Full Time:

Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3

Workshop in Creative Music Practice

Inter-Arts Music Making



  • Peer Forum 1
  • Composing Traditions Seminar

Creative Pathways 1 - choose one of the following:

  • Creating for the Voice
  • Performance Practice  (Academy Ensembles and Individual Tuition)
  • Real-time Audio and Video
  • Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • Peer Forum 2
  • Elective Modules

Creative Pathways 2 - choose of the following

  • Creating for Strings 
  • Performance Practice (Academy Ensembles and Individual Tuition
  • Improvisation
  • Final Project


Part Time:

Semester 1 (Autumn Year 1)

Semester 2 (Spring Year 1)

Semester 3 (Autumn Year 2)

Semester 4 (Spring Year 2)

Summer Semester Year 2

MD6271 - Composing Trad (6 ECTS)

MD6222 - Peer Forum 2 (3 ECTS)

MD6231 - WCMP (12 ECTS)

MD6212 - InterArts (12 ECTS)

MD5522 - Final Project

MD6241 - Peer Forum 1 (3 ECTS)

Creative Pathways, select 1 from:


MD6252 - Composing/Arranging for Strings (6 ECTS)

                                     MD6232 - Performance Practice 2 (6 ECTS)


MD6242 - Improvisation (6 ECTS)

Elective Bundle - select 1 from:


MD6031 - Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts (3 ECTS)

                                                   MD6041 - Introduction to Ritual Studies (3 ECTS)


MD6071 -  Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice (3 ECTS)

                                  MD6061 - Introduction to Somatics 1 (3 ECTS)


MD6021 - Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques (3 ECTS)

MD6062 - Critical Context (3 ECTS)


Creative Pathways, select 1 from:

MD6261 - Creating for the Voice (6 ECTS)

CS6301 - RealTime AudioVisual (6 ECTS)

MD6251 - Performance Practice 1 (6 ECTS)

Elective Bundle - select 2 x 3 credits modules from:


BR5001 – Broadening Through Awareness, Activism And The Arts (Postgraduate) (3 ECTS)


MD6052 – Independent Study 2 (3 ECTS)


MD6072 Writing And The Documentation of Arts Practice 2 (3 ECTS)


MD6082 Choreography – For - Camera (3 ECTS)


MD6102 Colloquium 2 (3 ECTS)


MD6162 Interdisciplinary Practice (3 ECTS)


MD6211 Irish World Academy Ensembles (3 ECTS)






Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience. 

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • All applicants must submit a portfolio of their work directly to the course director - Dr. Eoin Callery:

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.

EU - €7,270 

Non- EU - €16,900

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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Graduates emerge with unique artistic profiles to pursue diverse careers as composers, sound artists, improvisers, performers, educators and arts-practice scholars.