The Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine invites applications to the MA/PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT). 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 the six 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 bachelor’s degree will enter at the master’s level, will generally complete the master’s degree (MA) in two years (6 quarters), and, assuming good academic standing, will continue to the PhD for an additional two-to-three years. Those already holding a master’s degree in a related field may apply to enter at the PhD level and will generally complete the PhD in approximately three years (5-7 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 master’s 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 similar qualifications and should already hold a master’s degree in a field related to one or more key areas in ICIT (composition, improvisation, and technology).
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