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Postgraduate course

Specialized Subject I for Composers

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeMUV315
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageBoth English and Norwegian are used as language of instruction. Individual tuition will be given in either language depending on the student. The language of instruction during seminars/group tuition might vary depending on the combination of languages in the student group.
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Level of Study


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Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The aim of the course unit is for the student to develop an independent artistic form of expression at a high level, as well as developing his/her ability to specialize through both theoretical and practical work.

The student will produce one larger and a minimum of two smaller works to be performed by students at the Grieg Academy or by other musicians. The length and complexity of the work(s) must be agreed upon with the composition tutor. The student will also examine relevant issues, works and techniques in relation to his or her compositional work. The student is also required, when possible, to participate actively in the rehearsals.

The student will give an oral presentation addressing the work he/she has done for the module. The topic for the presentation may be the student's own works and the compositional process, relevant literature and studies, techniques used etc.

Learning Outcomes

The student should be able to:

  • Display a strong ability for artistic expression and a developing personal musical language through the work
  • Display independence and clear goals when working with his or her compositions
  • Realize and convey his/her own musical intentions at a high level
  • Critically assess his/her own artistic choices and solutions in relation to relevant musical styles and traditions

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Master's Programme in Music Performance or Composition

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Individual tuition is given by a composition tutor

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All tuition is compulsory. The student will normally loose the right to take the final course unit exam if he/she has an absence exceeding 20%. Approved compulsory requirements are valid for two semesters after the ordinarily scheduled exam semester.

Forms of Assessment

Oral presentation of approx. 30 minutes. This presentation should contextualize the compositional work written the first year, including accompanying analytical, aesthetic and philosophical issues.

Assessment is carried out by at least two lecturers, of whom one normally is the student¿s individual composition tutor.

Grading Scale

Pass or fail

Course Evaluation

Evaluation is carried out regularly as a dialogue between the assigned individual composition tutor and the student

Programme Committee

The programme board is responsible for the academic content, development and quality of the programme.

Course Administrator

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design has the administrative responsibilities for the Programme.


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