The Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine invites applications to a new MA/PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) which will admit its first class of students in Fall 2015. The program is taught by a core faculty whose work embraces diverse forms of music making, challenging conventional distinctions between classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz. Students will receive close personal attention from faculty, and are encouraged to work on interdisciplinary projects. We seek students with a strong foundation who wish to develop new creative work integrating a wide range of contemporary music and ideas.

In addition to five core ICIT faculty, the Music Department includes many other performers, musicologists, theorists and historians, making for a rich environment in which to develop critical skills that are essential for the 21st-century musician. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is home to excellent graduate programs in Dance, Drama, and Studio Art. UC Irvine is a quickly growing campus within one of the nation’s leading research university systems. Located near the coast in Orange County, Irvine is an hour south of Los Angeles, a major art world center with vibrant contemporary music scenes.

Applicants with a Bachelors degree will enter at the Masters level and will generally complete the Masters Degree (MA) in two years (6 quarters) and, if accepted to continue, will complete the PhD after an additional two years (6 quarters). Those already holding a Masters Degree in a related field may apply to enter at the PhD level and will generally complete the PhD in one quarter less than three years (5 quarters for advancement to candidacy and 3 subsequent quarters for completing the dissertation).

Many students receive tuition waivers and stipends in return for working as teaching assistants. Applicants entering at the Masters level should possess an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent level of training, and should demonstrate potential for creative and innovative work. Applicants entering at the PhD level should have qualifications similar to those entering at the Masters level, but should already hold a Masters degree in a field related to one or more key areas in ICIT (composition, improvisation, and technology).

ICIT is an innovative program seeking to break down traditional limitations of academic programs, focusing on contemporary modes of creative music making and the critical discourses surrounding them. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please review the pages linked above, and then contact one of our core faculty with any further questions. We welcome your inquiries and proposals.

Click here for degree requirements and other details about the MA/PhD degree program.