Undergraduate Composition and Contemporary Music: your experience

Whether your interest lies in concert music, media, TV and film music, composing for staged productions or electronic music, you can study on the Academy’s undergraduate composition course.

This course ensures a strong foundation in compositional techniques which, over four years of study, can be focused to support your individual interests and career ambitions. As a composer in the Academy, you are given unrivalled opportunities to have your music played and recorded in numerous contexts – and to develop your individual compositional style and musical personality within our highly collaborative environment.


Our composition professors are dedicated teachers and active composers with professional musical careers of all kinds. Collectively, they have a wide range of industry knowledge and insight into all aspects of the profession. Students can express a desire to study with specific professors after accepting their place to study in the Academy. The Head of Composition will consult with the student and professors and consider with great care how to get the best ‘fit’ for each student’s development.

Visiting composers come in frequently to work with students in masterclasses, give lectures, and teach one-to-one lessons. Recent visitors to the Academy include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen (pictured above with Head of Composition Philip Cashian), Hans Abrahamsen, Rolf Wallin and Bent Sørensen.

Find out more about our distinguished Composition professors and Visiting Professors.