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The MMus course is a two-year curriculum program (120 ECTS, 60 credits per year, each credit comprising 28 hours of study) for which each student has to write and negotiate a study plan at the start of his course of study. Reaching depth in artistry demands a personal customised route that is described by each student in his plan of study and serves as a basis for the desired development in vision and focus.
The Music Design student has to develop certain skills and knowledge to become an active participant in the contemporary professional field. Given the fact that the major part of music is created through teamwork in intra-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary projects in varying contexts, a Music Design-student is expected to develop the competencies needed for this type of projects in diverse contexts. The MMus in Music Design is a very individual pathway that you design yourself with the help of a supervisor and other lecturers. Basis is the so called MMus-plan you have to design and that is based on four principle questions:

1 - what's your actual position from a professional and artistic point of view?
2 - what's the position you would like to have in let's say three or five years?
3 - how to get there? what kind of 'experiences' do you have to encounter to get there? think of certain projects, forms of collaboration, study subjects etc.
4 - how to use the two years of study?

Study Program
MMus-MD prepares you to design, produce and manage a broad range of musical projects, from composition and music production to game audio and art installations. You are involved in intensive teamwork, often within multi disciplinairy groups. You learn to engage with a variety of audiences and contexts (culture, media, music industry, science, health, etc). MMus-MD is a project based program with taught elements. The Music Design pathway consists of four strands: Composition, Sound Design, Music Production and Music Technology.

Musicians in the strand composition are composers who can relate to the present-day contexts of music and are capable of transforming their music and related design processes from one context to another. A strong artistic identity, awareness of design processes, reflective and research skills are needed to become a successful and innovative composer in contexts such as film, dance, theatre, games, advertisement and the stage.

Musicians in the strand sound design are designers distinguishing themselves through their awareness and knowledge of the design possibilities of sound. This ranges from designing sounds themselves to designing with sound, within various contexts such as installations, games, the stage and film.

Musicians in the strand music production are producers with an awareness and knowledge of different music design processes and music production processes. They apply their knowledge and skills in various contexts leading to various outcomes such as CD- and DVD-productions, musical material for educational purposes and cross media-publications of musical content.

Musicians in the strand music technology are technologists with distinguishing research and development skills and knowledge of musical contexts. They are a potential source for innovation on the cutting edge of music and technology by designing new “instruments” or music systems for various uses such as composition, sound design, music production, industrial use of sound of music, specific applications for the blind, or specific applications for music education or research.

After Graduation
The program prepares you particularly for self-sustaining independent initiatives and companies that are able to design and adapt their organisational and financial models to their artistic needs. When graduated, you will be able to produce work in a diversity of creative contexts all over the world. Contexts include: music industry, media companies, composition practice, theatre, game context, organizations in and on the edges of several domains such as: media, education, science, health, and business. In the MMus-MD course you will strengthen your creative and business aspects and extend your working relationships and networks.

Didactic Concept
The Master of Music pathway Music Design is a project based master. The work forms and study activities used within the program are all geared towards exposure, evaluation and reflection within the context current at that moment.
The work forms can vary:
• from individual coaching, in which the student is confronted with his professional development. During these discussions, the professional performance is evaluated and questions are addressed such as ‘How do I transform personal characteristics into professional competencies?’, ‘How do I develop and maintain a personal, artistic agenda?’ and ‘What variety of methods can I use to incorporate my personal artistic vision in my professional field?’ How can I create the circumstances in which I can continue to develop my qualities and
capacities? Furthermore lecturers are available by appointment for individual supervision on projects, research and related processes.
• to workgroups meetings, at which students conduct research into and reflection on context, repertoire, process and product from the professional field, as well as on the work of fellow students.

Activities vary:
• from complex professional projects in the professional field, during which the knowledge, insights,
attitudes and skills acquired must be deployed to the maximum.
• to research in the form of experiments, workshops, internships and artist-in-residence and other projects. The students have a concrete end objective in this respect, namely researching combinations of the
following aspects: process, product, context and repertoire.
• from guest lecturers & guest supervisors
Based on their plans MMus-students can approach guest lecturers or guest supervisors, especially when this suits more than one MMus-plan and the students join forces to prepare for their particular guest.
• to knowledge transfer
The MMus student has to be able to transfer her/his knowledge to others. For example: a student who specializes in composition of electronic music can be asked to do some repertoire classes for 2nd year students on electronic music.