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Music – Composition, Bachelor of Music

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada
The Music – Composition program from University of British Columbia provides an array of opportunities for the creation, exploration, and performance of contemporary music. The School of Music houses a state-of-the-art electronic music studio for students interested in creating works which involve sound synthesis, digital audio editing, or interactive computer music.
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Overview

Students admitted to the Music – Composition program from University of British Columbia may follow one of four streams: General Studies, Advanced Performance, Scholarship, or Composition. Every stream includes four years of private lessons in an instrument or voice, along with ensemble performance (4 years), music scholarship (3 years), and non-music electives (4 years). 

The distribution of required and elective courses, in Music and in other subjects, is different for each stream. If you can demonstrate a special aptitude for composition and you meet the performance requirements of the General Studies Major, you may select a Major in Composition. If you do not meet the performance requirements of the Bachelor of Music, you may, with special permission, also study composition for two years in the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Among UBC’s outstanding facilities for teaching and performing music are the Gessler Multimedia Teaching Studio and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, recently named one of the world’s greatest concert halls.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Music 
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Aural Skills 
  • Diatonic Harmony and Voice Leading
  • Principles of Musical Form

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Audition, portfolio (students in composition), and letters of reference

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36020 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1524 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6118 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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