UniversityVictoria University of Wellington
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Expected Feb 2023
Victoria University of Wellington
Study advanced composition, sonic arts or performance and become a leader in your field as an artist and an innovator.
Build on your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma and get the high-level music skills and critical perspective you need for a career in music or a related field. This one-year Master's programme will further your knowledge in either composition, sonic arts or performance and is also designed to prepare you for the Doctor of Musical Arts.
Study at New Zealand's most prestigious music school and learn from world-class musicians and academics who are leaders in their fields.
Pathway to the MMA
If you have a Bachelor of Music with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Music, and want to continue your studies, then the MMA could be the right choice for you. Each subject has its own possible requirements you'll need to have met before enrolling. Performance students will need to do an audition and Composition students submit a portfolio. All students will need to outline their research plans and goals in a statement of research intent when they apply.
In your MMA you'll complete both coursework and a thesis.
Choose 30 points worth of courses at 400 or 500 level. You'll need to select topics that explore critical perspectives relating to your creative work, such as aesthetics, performance practice and critical analysis. Your courses must contain substantial written components.
You'll complete a 90-point creative research thesis on an approved topic of your choice.
Composition students will complete a portfolio of compositions or sound-based works, and a written report of between 10,000 and 20,000 words.
Performance students will express their research through one or two public recitals, and a written report of around 10,000 to 20,000 words.
You'll need to submit a research proposal within one month of enrolment for approval by the NZSM Postgraduate Committee. Performance students will express their research through one or two public recitals, and a written report of between 10,000 and 20,000 words.
Advance your expertise with doctoral study
If you do well in your Master's degree and show an aptitude for advanced research, you'll be able to apply to do a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA).
A doctoral degree is the highest academic qualification offered by the University. You’ll carry out original and sustained research under supervision from world-class academics in the School of Music.
Bachelor of Music with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Music and audition/portfolio.
Proof of English proficiency
To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:
IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0
TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing
Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)
EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5
Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.