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7 BA Degrees in Composition

Many individuals choose to attend a college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts, or BA, as a method of broadening their career prospects as well as their earning potential. Most bachelor’s degree programs can be completed in about four years and involve close, intensive study of a particular liberal arts-based field or industry. Just what is a BA in Composition? Intended for those… Read more

Many individuals choose to attend a college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts, or BA, as a method of broadening their career prospects as well as their earning potential. Most bachelor’s degree programs can be completed in about four years and involve close, intensive study of a particular liberal arts-based field or industry.

Just what is a BA in Composition? Intended for those seeking comprehensive, professional training in music composition, this degree program emphasizes an array of topics of relevance to music and the performing arts. Common areas of study include music history, music theory, ear training and ethnomusicology. Additional attention is often given to the art of conducting and the fields of orchestration and instrumentation. Some composition bachelor’s degree programs also emphasize piano proficiency and other important elements of musical performance, although some degree of variation exists among programs. 

Graduates of Bachelor of Arts in Composition programs often report a spike in earnings after securing the degree. Many also report having an easier time finding gainful employment than they did prior to earning the BA in Composition.

Tuition costs vary from one composition program to the next based on a variety of factors like course popularity and the prestige of the school offering the program. Students seeking specific tuition information should contact each school of interest for current rates.

Many music-oriented career paths exist for those with strong backgrounds in composition. Many graduates of these programs go on to work as composers or film composers, while others pursue work as music producers, band managers or choral instructors. Others yet choose to teach music privately or return to school to pursue a master’s degree, which is often a prerequisite for teaching composition at the collegiate level. 

Those interested in reviewing the many academic opportunities available globally may do so using our database. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Hull
Hull, United Kingdom

Forge your musical future – with pathways in Performance, Songwriting, Popular Music, and Community and Education.

Forge your musical future – with pathways in Performance, Songwriting, Popular Music, and Community and Education. -
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Full-time
3 years
English
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Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in our performance culture and prepare for a career as a professional musician as you study music and its modern uses, with our BA (Hons) Music degree.

Immerse yourself in our performance culture and prepare for a career as a professional musician as you study music and its modern uses, with our BA (Hons) Music degree. -
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Full-time
3 years
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Sep 2022
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Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
Mannheim, Germany

The bachelor’s degree programme in Pop Music Design is focussed on creating and developing the original artistic profile of each individual participant. Talent is fostered thr ... +

The bachelor’s degree programme in Pop Music Design is focussed on creating and developing the original artistic profile of each individual participant. Talent is fostered through individual and group lessons, coaching formats and project work - through both artistic skills and business skills. -
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Westmont College
Santa Barbara, USA

Develop your musical skills and knowledge with Christian professors who encourage your creativity and relate faith to music's art and craft.

Develop your musical skills and knowledge with Christian professors who encourage your creativity and relate faith to music's art and craft. -
BA
English
Campus
 
The Academy of Contemporary Music
Guildford, United Kingdom

The Creative Artist study-route provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-artist, covering a combination of ... +

The Creative Artist study-route provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-artist, covering a combination of songwriting, performance, production and business modules. -
BA
Full-time
2 - 3 years
English
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The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
London, United Kingdom

The ICMP’s BA (Hons) Songwriting degree has been developed by music industry writers and producers and provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their songwriting ... +

The ICMP’s BA (Hons) Songwriting degree has been developed by music industry writers and producers and provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their songwriting skills alongside talented artists and industry professionals. -
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3 years
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The Academy of Contemporary Music
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The Commercial Songwriting programme provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-songwriter, covering a combi ... +

The Commercial Songwriting programme provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-songwriter, covering a combination of lyric creation, score production, music industry studies, song arrangement, writing for original artists, co-writing, writing to brief for Film, TV and Sync, recorded music production, audio design for video games, music publishing and rights management. -
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2 - 3 years
English
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