Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Master's Exam Composition11990/3084/2324/1/70
Study guide

Master's Exam Composition

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Composition within Music
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 5
    • Composition
  • Master of Arts in Music
    • Composition
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 18 credits
Co-ordinator: Van Camp Bram
Other teaching staff: Coppens Mathias, Craens Alain, Prengels Steven
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 540,00 hours


previously registered for Composition 4.

Educational organisation (text)

During Ma2, the student is expected to work independently.
The share of supervised practice includes
- individual lessons with the main subject teacher
- participation in discussions and reflective part of the master's thesis
- participation in master classes, lectures and lecture recitals
- participation in projects organized by the institution
- concert visit

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of the previous course unit: Composition 4
Basic knowledge of English, so the student can communicate with international fellow students.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student creates music in a mature manner and develops his or her own engaging and original compositional language, conforming to international stylistic standards.
1.4 The student makes music in an artistic project in a creative manner.
The student completely masters the instrumentation, orchestration, and compositional techniques and can apply them independently.
The student demonstrates expressivity through the adequate use of imagination, intuition and emotional understanding.
2.1 The student has thoroughly mastered musical parameters and structures.
The student masters the musical parameters (such as form, rhythm, melodic line, dynamics, articulation) and knows how they interact.
2.2 The student builds up expertise through organisation and independent study.
The student can independently realise musical ideas, taking into account the context, public and the musical material.
2.3 The student can process musical structures through analysis and interpretation.
The student demonstrates an understanding of harmony and analytical thinking skills.
3.1 The student can employ his or her social and communication skills in order to take on a leadership role.
The student demonstrates the expertise to independently devise his or her own artistic concept in an international context and can take a leading role and work with others.
The student works in a team (with other artistic disciplines) on the creation of his or her own artistic concept.
The student works together with other artistic disciplines on the realisation of his or her own artistic concept.
4.1 The student has extensive knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context and can use this in his or her artistic practice.
The student consciously moves the public with his or her personal vision and artistic drive and can put together programmes that are coherent and appropriate for the circumstances on the basis of research into musical styles and performance practice.
The student can accurately demonstrate his or her own critical reflection in relation to his or her artistic work.
4.3 The student can present orally and in writing the results of critical (self-)reflection.
The student demonstrates an inquisitive attitude.
The student can maintain his or her own expertise in a process of life-long learning.

Course content

Read the vademecum.

- Discuss compositions of the student
- Reference to music literature
- Study of contemporary composition techniques
- Study of orchestration
- Development of research skills
- Preparation of the master's exam programme in composition

Study material (text): Mandatory

- Scores and textbooks cf. the specification of the principal study teacher. The examination program will be determined in consultation with the principal study teacher.
- Computer with music notation programme and word processor

Study material (text): Recommended

- Specialized journals & literature
- Websites related to professional literature and research in the field
- Books, newspaper articles, videos, DVDs, CDs related to the field of study
- Access to final projects and master's theses from previous years

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Collaborative learning30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours480,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00