MMus/PGDip Creative Musician

Study a postgraduate course

Postgraduate study at Leeds College of Music offers you the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers and producers as you develop your skills as a professional-level musician.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Tutors: Professor Andrew West, Dr Jacob Thompson-Bell
  • UCAS Code: 403F (MMus) / W41F (PgDip)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course overview

A collaborative curriculum

As part of an international and eclectic community, you will engage in one-to-one tutorials with a specialist tutor, and take part in lectures, workshops and seminars designed to help you explore methodologies for producing high quality material, and increase your critical awareness of how your work is received.

Expert tutors

Representing a broad range of genres and disciplines and embracing everything from film music to jazz, classical, sound art and popular music, our course tutors are world-class musicians and leading academics with extensive experience in providing bespoke guidance. 

Industry professionals

The Mmus Creative Musician curriculum is enhanced by professional mentors who give individual guidance to students, and informed by an annual steering group of experienced industry professionals actively involved in areas such as music journalism, artist management, and public arts funding. 

Social impact of music making

Promoting the development of independent thought and original practice, the curriculum emphasises an appreciation of the social impact of music making, both at local and global levels.

What you will study

Studying on the MMus Creative Musician, you will benefit from our uniquely flexible course, which allows you to focus on different creative specialisms from one trimester to the next. You can study to PgDip level (from September to June) or MMus level (from September to September).

Specialist Study

Each trimester, subject to a suitable level of existing proficiency, you can request that you tuition incorporates one or more of the following specialisms: composition, performance and production. You then choose to be assessed either through recorded/scored work submitted as a portfolio, or by live performance or installation. 

In the final trimester, all students progressing to Masters level are required to present their work publicly, rather than through portfolio; you develop this work with the guidance of one to one tutors, course tutors, professional guests and fellow group members.

Creative Practice in Context

In group-taught sessions, tutorials and through individual research you are invited to conduct critical and analytical research into your own practice as it relates to relevant surrounding creative and professional cultures. Assessment is either through submitted written essay or presentation/spoken exam.

Timetable

Group taught sessions are held on Thursdays from 10:00 to 16:30. One-to-one sessions and tutorials are scheduled separately. 

Course Structure

 

Module

Assessment

Credits

Specialist Study 1

One of the following:

·       Public performance of existing work/repertoire (20 minutes)

·       Original newly-created pieces publicly performed, installed or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (15 minutes)

·       Portfolio of original newly-created compositions/production work (20 minutes)

40

Creative Practice in Context 1

One of the following:

·       4000 word essay

·       20-minute presentation and accompanying 1500 word bibliography

20

Specialist Study 2

One of the following:

·       Public performance of existing work/repertoire (30 minutes)

·       Original newly-created pieces publicly performed, installed or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (25 minutes)

·       Portfolio of original newly-created compositions/production work (30 minutes)

40

Creative Practice in Context 2

One of the following:

·       4000 word essay

·       20-minute presentation and accompanying 1500 word bibliography

20

Specialist Study 3

One of the following, accounting for 70% of the mark:

·       Public performance of existing work (45 minutes)

·       Original newly-created compositions and/or production work publicly performed, installed, or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (35 minutes)

AND one of the following, accounting for 30% of the mark:

·       4000 word written critique examining the creative project submitted

·       30 minute oral examination examining the creative project submitted

60

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Careers

With a deep understanding of the creative and industrial contexts within which your practice exists, as an alumnus you will be prepared for a career as a musician. 

Our postgraduate students have received commissions, performed at regional and international festivals including South by South West, The Reeperbahn Festival, Glastonbury and Live at Leeds, progressed to teaching positions, and created public installations.

Course Tutors

Professor Andrew WestHead of Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: MMus Creative Musician

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

How to apply

Apply via: CUKAS Conservatoires, or directly to Leeds College of Music pgadmissions@lcm.ac.uk 

UCAS Code: MMus Creative Musician – W33F, PgDip Creative Musician – W41F

UCAS Institution Code: L31
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Entry requirements
  • A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent 

OR 

  • Professional experience equivalent to a good honours degree (see our APEL process) 
  • All suitable applicants are invited for interview and/or audition
  • All international students must have a British Council English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0
Audition information

All postgraduate applicants are required to complete an audition/interview. Your audition/interview is your chance to demonstrate your suitability to study at postgraduate level at Leeds College of Music. 

Download our Postgraduate Audition Guide (UK applicants)

Download our Postgraduate Audition Guide (International applicants)

Tuition fees

2017/18 tuition fees 

Home and EU residents

Course

UCAS Conservatoires
Course Code

Tuition Fee

MMus Creative Musican (Full time) 

W33F

£9,000

PgDip Creative Musician (Full time)

W41F

£6,000

International students

Course

UCAS Conservatoires
Course Code

Tuition Fee

MMus Creative Musican (Full time) 

W33F

£12,000

PgDip Creative Musician (Full time)

W41F

£9,000

Tuition fees pay for the cost of teaching, assessment, validation, the facilities, support and administration of your course.
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Funding for masters courses

Student loans
Student Loans for Masters level study are available for 2017 entry.  You can read more information here: https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan 

Professional and Career Development loans
We are a registered provider for the Professional and Career development loan scheme. Our provider number is 8241. This is a commercial bank loan which you can use to pay for your tuition fees or living costs. For further information please see https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans

Charities and Grant-Making Trusts
Please see the useful links section for further information. You are advised to apply early for any trusts or charities that may be relevant, as there is very high demand for limited resources. 

Useful Links – Funding Sources
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_postgraduate_study.htm

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/emerging-musicians/funding-wizard

http://www.munstertrust.org.uk/

http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/index.php/site/resources/

Facilities
  • Steinway Pianos
    We’re an All-Steinway School, 95% of our pianos come from the Steinway family.
  • 60 Bookable rooms
    Including teaching rooms, practice rooms, and bespoke ensemble rehearsal spaces.
  • Music Library & Jazz Archive
    Our library and archive contain over 10,000 CDs, 8,000 LPs and 18,000 items of printed music.
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Our community

Our eclectic community comes from all over the world to write, interpret, discover, explore and reflect upon original and existing forms of music. 

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to meet industry guests from across the spectrum, with recent guests including: 

  • Simon Aldred: Singer-Songwriter
  • Kerry Andrew: Composer, Performer, Writer and Educator
  • Iain Archer: Songwriter
  • Martin Brammer: Producer
  • Sarah Beth-Briggs: International Concert Pianist
  • Rob Challice: Director, Coda Agency
Open Days

Find out what it’s like to study at Leeds College of Music by coming along to one of our Open Evenings. 

Our Open Evenings allow you to find out more about our postgraduate courses, meet our teaching staff and view our facilities.

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