Taught course

Digital Composition and Performance

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK in a sound-related discipline such as music, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation, or art/design. Other relevant disciplines, such as computer science, architecture, education, cognitive science or psychology may be considered. Regardless of your academic background however, you must have significant experience in composition, or a related musically creative activity such as improvisation, sound installation, creative DJing etc. In this case, you may be admitted on the basis of a portfolio of work. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This dynamic programme will develop a variety of interdisciplinary skills ranging across digital music composition and performance, computer science, and cultural studies.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of:
computer music composition and performance;
real-time computer music programming (Max/MSP);
non-real-time computer music programming;
algorithmic composition;
electroacoustic composition;
human-computer interaction;
the key theories that have informed understanding of the digital age.

In addition, students will learn how to plan, execute, realise, and document a musical-technological project; translate musical ideas into fully-functioning interactive computer music programmes and/or scores; and reflect on creative work in light of past and present cultural developments.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086