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Arts - Music BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK104

Course Title: Arts - Music

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Arts - Music

Duration: 3 years, or 4 years if following the BMus or BA Arts-Music (International) pathways

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Applicants are also required to pass a music entrance exam.

Entry Points: 2017: 367.

Overview

The BA (Arts-Music) now offers three pathways after first year. You can study for the BA Arts-Music (3yrs), BMus (4 yrs) or the BA Arts-Music International (4yrs). Regardless of which pathway you wish to pursue, in First Year you will take courses providing key foundational skills in Music and two further Arts subjects offered through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

As part of your degree you will gain experience and understanding of music in contemporary society. You will experience classical, popular, jazz, film, Irish traditional and world music. We integrate practical study alongside academic and theoretical courses. You will have a considerable choice of music-related options, allowing you to build up a distinctive profile as a composer, songwriter, performer, producer, educator or worker within the cultural and music industries.

Course Details

The BA (Hons) Arts-Music combines two kinds of learning. First, students create music through solo and ensemble performance, improvisation, composition, aural training, applied work in education or in the computer music studio. Second, you investigate music in historical and contemporary cultures worldwide. Much of the degree is selected by you from a very wide set of choices.

Year 1 Modules:

Core (all 5 credits)

MU1020 Western Music, Culture and Media

MU1021 ITM Studies and Introduction to World Music

MU1022 Gamelan and Solo Recital

MU1023 Ensemble

MU1024 Digital Composition and Music Theory

MU1025 Composition and Music Theory

plus two other First Arts subjects from Groups 1, 2, 3, 5, 6(a) (see CK101)

Year 2 Modules:

In Second Arts-Music, students take Music as a Single Subject (50 credits) or a Major Subject (40 credits) or a Joint Subject (30 credits).  Students may also apply to transfer to the BMus to take 60 credits of Music.

Core

Music in Culture and Society;  Performance Studies

Electives

A choice of theoretical options from an amazingly broad range of subjects – from film music to the music of Java, from the history of jazz to music education, from Opera to fieldwork; a choice from more than 30 solo and ensemble performance-based options in numerous genres from around the world; plus 10, 20 or 30 credits from another Arts subject continued from First Year.

Year 3 Modules:

Core

Music credits in performance, composition folio, dissertation, project etc., a choice of seminar course or final performance,  a choice of lecture course

Electives

As for second year: students choose courses that complement or follow on from second year electives, allowing broader experience and/or deeper specialisms; plus 10, 20 or 30 credits from another Arts subject continued from First Year.

Year 4* Modules (BMus):

Core

Senior Research Forum;  Major in performance, composing, dissertation, project etc.

Electives

As for third year: students choose courses that complement or follow on from second and third year electives, allowing broader experience and/or deeper specialisms, an ideal preparation for postgraduate study.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.

 

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Additional requirements: Applicants are also required to pass a music entrance exam and will be called for this automatically once the application is made through the CAO.  

Mature students:  Approximately six places are available on this course for mature students. Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must also apply separately to sit the Mature Student Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test. Mature applicants must also sit the music entrance exam.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Application:  Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.  Applicants must also apply for the Mature Student Admissions Pathway (MSAP) exam. Mature applicants must also sit the music entrance exam.

Course Practicalities

  • Lecture hours are typically two per module per week.
  • You also attend tutorials, seminars, practicals, rehearsals and performances.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in performances in UCC and outside.
  • Students normally spend time in the Department to practice their instrument or voice, and there are widespread opportunities for extra-curricular music making.
  • Theoretical courses typically require up to four hours a week of reading, researching or other investigative work.
  • All students receive a grant toward instrumental or vocal tuition.
  • If you wish to take lessons on a further instrument, you will need personal funds for that.

 

Assessment

Assessment takes place before Christmas and in May.  Modules use varied kinds of assessment such as:

  • Practical courses are assessed through solo and group performance, or by written and recorded compositions, arrangements or orchestrations.
  • Theoretical courses are normally assessed by essays and project work built up as the course progresses.
  • Work diaries are used to encourage reflection upon personal development as a performer or composer.
  • Some marks are awarded through continuous assessment, particularly in seminar and rehearsal-based ensemble courses.

Further Contact Information

Programme Co-ordinator Name: Mr. John Godfrey

Email Address: j.godfrey@ucc.ie

Telephone: +353 (0)21 490 4534 

Address: Department of Music, UCC, Sunday’s Well Road, Cork

 

Admissions-related queries: 

The School Manager

E: music@ucc.ie

T: +353 (0)21 490 4530

Address: Department of Music, UCC, Sunday’s Well Road, Cork

Departmental Website: http://www.music.ucc.ie/

 

 

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