• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 is designed for graduate students who wish to specialise at a professional level in composition, arranging and/or sound design. Students will work with a supervisor in preparing a composition portfolio of works, or a series of projects based upon principles of sound design that reflect the student's own interests and professional focus. This learning will be supplemented with attendance and participation at the School’s Composition Seminar. To support this creative work, students will analyse theories, structures, methods, approaches and techniques in a range of styles and in a range of instrumental and vocal repertoire. 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 complements the compositional work.



Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in composition, arranging, and/or sound design in one or more styles (classical, jazz, contemporary, or a blend of these) or genres (music for film or television, video games, sound installations, or theatre).
  2. Compose and present works of a highly proficient standard utilising correct notation, instrumentation and orchestration techniques with the ability to produce work according to deadlines.
  3. Describe relevant compositional, arranging and sound design issues in aesthetic and technical terms
  4. Communicate clearly the creative decisions made in the course of composing, arranging and sound design

Indicative Assessment

A substantial portfolio of original compositions and/or arrangements and/or sound design projects (scores, recordings and/or multimedia) (80%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

A written exegesis (c. 2,500 words) describing the rationale for the creative decisions made (20%) [Learning Outcomes 3-4]




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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of individual supervision, and 24 hours of composition/arrangement workshop; and b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI3315 with a mark of at least 65, or MUSI6315.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6240
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $9600
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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