Composition – Field of study catalogue JAMU
Studies in this field aim to prepare composers for independent creative activity, especially in the field of autonomous classical music (acoustic and electroacoustic), but also accompanying music (i.e. incidental music for film, theatre, computer games, etc.) and partly in the field of non-artificial music (rock and popular music). Preparation for professionally oriented pedagogical positions on the level of primary art schools.
Basic prerequisites for admission to studies include talent, the ability of creative imagination, creative application of acquired knowledge and skills and other general prerequisites for studying at university level. The applicant is usually a graduate of a conservatory, grammar school or other specialised secondary school or university, who proves in the entrance examination his or her knowledge of the field at the level of a conservatory graduate in the field of Composition (has basic knowledge of harmony, polyphony, instrumentation, history of music, etc. and is able to demonstrate them in practice, including the creation of short studies using modal or serial principles, number series, etc.); this applies to the following specialisations: Composition and Incidental and Film Music Composition. The applicant shall also be capable of logical reasoning, systemic and at the same time creative thinking, interested in various artistic styles and trends, musical genres, capable of playing an acoustic or electroacoustic instrument, able to use current music-related and office information technology and be active in the search for opportunities to apply his or her own opinion in original presentations. He or she shall also be proficient in at least one global language (ideally English) at the level of secondary school.
A graduate will:
– have comprehensive knowledge of the field of Composition in its entirety;
– have considerable skills in the field of Composition, including mastery of the basic range of composition techniques of the 20th century;
– have deep knowledge of music history and the development of artistic trends and styles;
– be proficient in language, with good knowledge of musical terminology;
– be sufficiently versed in the field of pedagogical work: methodology, didactics of pedagogy and psychology;
– have practical experience gained from working on faculty or school-wide projects (solo projects, chamber and orchestral projects, often with international participation) or experience gained through a study stay abroad;
– have practical experience gained through participation (creation of an acoustic or electroacoustic music component) in school projects, productions in the school studio and music and drama laboratory and in the international festival Meeting of New Music Plus.
During the studies, the graduate will meet with foreign experts from various relevant fields.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- demonstrate professional knowledge of the history of the field, the key works of art in the field, as well as of various styles of contemporary classical music of the 20th century, etc.;
- use the acquired skills in the creation of autonomous works in the field of contemporary classical music of a smaller scale, in the application of various styles of contemporary classical music of the 20th century in their own studies, etc.;
- apply general skills of team work, cooperation with a leading personality of a creative team (dramaturge, conductor, director), choose a suitable stylistic and genre line, determine the right means and time schedule, etc.
The graduate can work in the following characteristic professions:
– composer of classical music;
– composer of incidental music;
– music director for music recording in radio, television, on CDs, etc.;
– teacher at all levels of music education (primary art school, conservatory, university) and in various subjects (composition, composition theory, music theory, music history, etc.).
The graduate can work in the following relevant professions:
– music dramaturge in all types of theatres and in cultural institutions;
– music dramaturge of an artistic ensemble;
– music dramaturge in an art agency;
– music dramaturge of a festival.
The study plan consists of compulsory, elective and optional courses and of compulsory artistic study outputs.
A student must obtain 60 credits for each year of studies and finish the studies with a state final examination in selected courses, graduation performance defence and bachelor’s thesis defence.
Contents and scope of the final examination:
Defence of the graduation project, Defence of the bachelor’s thesis, Psychology and Pedagogy, Methodology of Music Theory Disciplines, Theory of Composition I