Music - Songwriting

The Master of Arts in Songwriting is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme, which focuses on the artistic practice of songwriting with opportunities to perform and record work. The course is cognisant of the wide variety of approaches to songwriting that one might adopt and will not attempt to be a 'how-to'. Rather, this is a space where students can explore and be exposed to a range of writing techniques, whilst having the dedicated time and resources to develop their own body of work. This will be through a combination of solo work and collaboration with a community of fellow songwriters with guidance from songwriting mentors. As well as providing critical engagement with artistic practice, the history of songwriting will be investigated with a broad overview of the art of songwriting. This will be achieved in a variety of way including the inspection of songs across the millennia. We'll journey from the 11th Century through medieval England's John Dowland and prolific Lieder composer Franz Schubert. The Great American Songbook is visited while voices from pop culture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries will be featured. All this inspection will be conducted through a combination of intimate tutorials and public interview formats with a variety of experts in their fields.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) Or
an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience in songwriting and/or performance.

A performance audition and interview will be required in all cases. Additional audio, visual or written material may be required.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester

Core Modules:
• Songwriting Styles and Context 1
• Songwriting Process 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Professional Development for the Performing Arts
• Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Options (students choose two (2) from below)

• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
• Independent Study 1
• Introduction to Somatics
• Colloquium 1
• Instrumental Skills for Songwriters
• Irish World Academy Ensembles
• Applied Music Theory for Songwriters

Spring Semester
• Songwriting Style and Context 2
• Songwriting Process
• Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• Performance and Media Technologies for Songwriters
• Promotion and Dissemination for Songwriters

Options (Students choose two (2) from below)

• Individual Creative Writing project
• Independent Study 2
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
• Introduction to Somatics 2
• Interdisciplinary Practice

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation


1 Year Full Time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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