• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Frank Millward
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 3 explicitly builds on Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2. It is designed for graduate students who wish to continue 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 advanced 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 at a sophisticated level theories, structures, methods, approaches and techniques in a range of styles and in a range of instrumental and vocal repertoire. They will also study sophisticated principles of sound design in relation to music for film and television, theatre, video games, 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 sophisticated professional 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 sophisticated professional standard utilising correct notation, instrumentation and orchestration techniques with the ability to invariably produce work according to deadlines.
  3. Demonstrate an original musical voice and higher-level cognitive skills in the synthesis and analysis and practical application of information, skills and concepts.
  4. Describe at a sophisticated level relevant compositional, arranging and sound design issues in aesthetic and technical terms.
  5. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, the creative decisions made in the course of composing, arranging and sound design, using sophisticated language, to both a musical and non-musical audience.

Indicative Assessment

A substantial portfolio of original compositions and/or arrangements and/or sound design projects (scores, recordings and\or multimedia)   (80%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

A written exegesis (c. 2,500 words) describing the rationale for the creative decisions made (20%) [Learning Outcomes 4-5]

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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 MUSI8005.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $7320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5437 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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