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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
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:
Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.
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.
Please see the information on http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/studying-at-the-academy/programmes-of-study/undergraduate-programmes
How to apply
This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
1 October*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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. If you live outside the UK and are unable to travel to London for interview, please contact the Registry as it may be possible to interview you by a video link and you can select Video Interview as your audition location. If you are applying for transfer to year 2 or year 3 of the BMus programme, you will need to attend a live interview.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||Passes in two GCE Advanced-level (A2) or Pre-U certificate examinations, including Music.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP||The subject of the diploma must be Music.|
|Access to HE Diploma||A Pass for this diploma with Music as the main specialism is accepted.|
|Scottish Higher||BCCCC||One subject must be Music.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||P3, P3||One principal subject must be Music.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||You must include Music as an option.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H5, H5, H5, H5||One subject must be Music.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PP||The subject of the diploma must be Music.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||CC||One subject must be Music. One Advanced Higher A-C grade plus three Higher C grades in different subjects is accepted.|
A combination of a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Theory, plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Practical or an ABRSM/Trinity diploma, is accepted as equivalent to a Music A-level or music elective, if those options are unavailable at your school. For other 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 coursehttp://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/entry-requirement
Additional entry requirements
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.
Information about what your portfolio should contain are published on http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition/composition-application.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test for candidates who need a Tier 4 visa. Overall score of 6.0 required to join BMus Year 2 or Year 3.|
|PTE Academic||51.0||Minimum score of 51 in every section of the test for candidates who need a Tier 4 visa. Overall score of 58 required to join BMus Year 2 or Year 3.|
English Language requirements are published on our website:
In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.
Single specialism audition
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Video interview (Composition)||£100||£115|
Joint principal specialism audition
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|London||Not available at this location|
|Video interview (Composition)||Not available at this location|
Interviews for candidates selected after their portfolio submission will take place during the main audition period in London in December. If you live outside the UK and are unable to travel to London in December, you can request a Video interview.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£23,000 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£23,000 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following a live audition during our advertised audition sessions. Composers are assessed for scholarships on the basis of their second-round interview. There is no separate application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details. UK and EU BMus students can apply for tuition fee loans to cover the tuition costs, and UK students can also apply for maintenance awards to assist with living costs. You can find more details about financial support on http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/studying-at-the-academy/financial-support.