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.

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.

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

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0) 131 651 5736