Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of London

Bachelor of Music (Honours) Composition

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Course summary

Whether your interest lies in concert music, media, TV and film music, composing for staged productions or electronic music, you can study on the Academy’s undergraduate composition course. Composition at the Academy has an international reputation centred on intensive project-based and highly collaborative degree programmes. Our cutting-edge courses are taught by distinguished and prominent composers, and they reflect the realities and challenges for today’s music creator. Academy composers have a wide range of opportunities for performance and recording, and are fully prepared to work in a variety of creative contexts. Our composition professors are dedicated teachers and active composers with professional musical careers of all kinds. Collectively, they have a wide range of industry knowledge and insight into all aspects of the profession. This course ensures a strong foundation in compositional techniques which, over four years of study, can be focused to support your individual interests and career ambitions. As a composer in the Academy, you are given unrivalled opportunities to have your music played and recorded in numerous contexts – and to develop your individual compositional style and musical personality within our highly collaborative environment http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Composition

Assessment method

Please see the information on https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/about-our-courses/undergraduate-courses


How to apply

This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 courses.

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

Course code:
301F
Institution code:
R53
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

This will require satisfactory transcripts to show that you have passed Year 1 or Years 1 and 2 of a music degree at another institution, and that you have successfully covered the study areas which you would have to complete at the Academy to progress into Year 2 or Year 3. Please note that it is not possible to transfer into Year 4 of our BMus programme.

International applicants

At the Academy we pride ourselves on our diverse international community. Over 800 students study here every year, with around sixty different nationalities from all over the world. https://www.ram.ac.uk/student-life/international https://www.ram.ac.uk/accommodation For 2022 entry we are offering a video interview to all candidates who are selected to progress after their portfolio has been assessed.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are not taking Music as a subject in your school exams, we recommend gaining knowledge of Music Theory at Grade 6 level (ABRSM or Trinity College London) before you commence your studies with us. For international qualifications, in general, a secondary school certificate of a sufficiently high level to permit university entry will be acceptable, however applications will be examined on an individual basis by the Admissions Board.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/entry-requirement

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Your portfolio is assessed by the Composition department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the beginning of November whether you have been selected for interview.

Portfolio

Information about what your portfolio should contain is published on http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition/composition-application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test. Overall score of 6.0 required to join BMus Year 2 or Year 3.
PTE Academic59Minimum score of 59 in every section of the test
TOEFL (iBT)72Minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17

We accept IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

English Language requirements are published on our website:

https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/next-step/entry-requirements


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video interview (Composition)£100£100

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video interview (Composition)Not available at this location

Additional information

Your uploaded portfolio is assessed by the Composition department entry panel. The upload portal and the portfolio requirements are available through https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/departments/composition-and-contemporary-music/courses. The portfolio assessment is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the beginning of November whether you have been selected for a panel interview. Interviews for candidates selected after their portfolio submission will take place during the main audition period in London in December. For 2022 entry we are offering video interview to all candidates who are selected to progress after their portfolio has been assessed.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are available on www.ram.ac.uk/fees

Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following entrance assessment during our advertised audition sessions. Composers are assessed for scholarships on the basis of their second-round interview. There is no separate scholarship application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details. The UK Student Finance Company allows eligible students to apply for tuition fee loans to cover the tuition costs, and eligible students can also apply for maintenance awards to assist with living costs. You can find more details about financial support on https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/fees-scholarships-and-bursaries.

Bachelor of Music (Honours) Composition at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS