Digital Composition and Performance

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


In this dynamic programme you’ll build on your existing musical skills and develop a greater understanding of the theories and techniques of digital composition and performance.

A focus of the programme is bridging the gap between the musical vision and its performance. With this in mind, you will be encouraged to perform your own music in live situations and take your place at the forefront of your music’s realisation.

An emphasis is also placed on the field of digital composition within a wider context, which you will address through seminar work. You’ll learn how to plan a technological project and translate your musical ideas into interactive computer music programmes and/or scores.

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a sound-related discipline such as music, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation or art/design.

We may also consider your application if you have a background in another relevant discipline, such as computer science, architecture, education, cognitive science or psychology.

You must have significant experience in composition or a musically related creative activity (e.g. improvisation, sound installation or creative DJing).

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Edinburgh College of Art

SCQF Level



Career Area

Performing Arts

Career Sectors

Arts Administration

Community Arts

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