Undergraduate study in Creative Practice: Composition
What can you study in Creative Practice: Composition?
You will progress through a series of core composition courses that focus on the development of technique and creativity in the areas of instrumental and vocal composition, as well as sound-based and electronic composition. Additionally, you will take courses in instrumentation and electronic music studies. You will be able to take a more specialised interest in one of these areas.
All School of Music students have access to auxiliary performance studies. You will also study other topics of interest to you, including music education, pedagogy, music technology, conducting, music studies, musicians’ health and various industry-related topics.
The core courses of the BMus degree include music theory and other music studies subjects.
You will also take two General Education courses offered by other faculties from across the University to acquire a broader range of skills and understanding, and be exposed to cross-disciplinary research.
Entry requirements for Creative Practice: Composition
You must meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Music, detailed on the BMus programme page.
In addition, you will need to submit a composition portfolio via the online portal system SlideRoom.
Selection will be based on the strength of your composition portfolio. This should consist of a statement of musical background, a referee contact email address and two recent compositions completed by yourself. Your referee should be someone who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study, such as your studio music teacher or principal.
Your composition scores must be submitted as individual PDF or .sib file types. You may choose to include audio recordings of the works as individual files (.m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv) or as YouTube/Vimeo links (these must be set to public and you must not delete these files).
You may choose to combine your BMus with another discipline. Find out more about our conjoint degree options:
Structuring your undergraduate programme
- 4 x core courses
- 3 x specialised theory and musicianship courses
- 9 x creative practice courses
- 6 x elective courses
- 2 x General Education courses
2019 Bachelor of Music - Creative Practice: Composition degree requirements:
* 60 points from: MUS 104, 143, 243, 343
* 45 points from: MUS 203, 204, 205
* 135 points from: MUS 110, 111, 145, 210, 211, 214, 310, 311, 314 or 315
* 60 points from: MUS 103 - 188, 206 - 288, 306 - 389
* 30 points from: ANTHRO
103, 106, 202, 217, 234, 301, 327, 329, 357, MAORI 190, MUS 103-397, PACIFIC 110
* 30 points of General Education
Here you will find a list of courses available within the Bachelor of Music, including those for Creative Practice: Composition -
Help and advice
You are welcome to email or visit our Student Centre with any subject-related queries.
Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm