• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Major code COMP-MAJ

The Composition Major is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to prepare a portfolio of written works, or a series of projects based upon principles of sound design, that reflect the student's own interests and professional focus. To provide a foundation for this creative work, students will analyse a diverse selection of instrumental and vocal repertoire using a range of theories and methods. They will also study principles of sound design in relation to music for film and television, theatre, videogames, and sound installations. The study of instrumentation, orchestration and arrangement, and sound design will reference scores and musical sound design creations from a range of historical periods and styles to enable students to explain how their original work draws on and builds on relevant historical traditions or precedents.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand a wide range of compositional issues in aesthetic and technical terms;
  2. analyse a diverse range of music using a number of relevant theories and methods;
  3. create and present compositions of a highly proficient standard utilising appropriate notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and/or recording techniques, in one or more styles and at least two genres; and
  4. communicate clearly the creative decisions made in the course of composing and how these relate to relevant historical traditions or precedents.

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Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MUSI1111 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 6
MUSI1112 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2 6
MUSI2223 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 3 6
MUSI2224 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 4 6
MUSI3314 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 5 6
MUSI3315 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 6 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A 6
MUSI2209 Music Recording and Production Techniques 6
MUSI2220 Music Ensemble 6
MUSI2226 Composition for Film and Video Games 6
MUSI3309 Music and Digital Media 6
MUSI3321 Songwriting: concepts and craft 6
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