The Ph.D. program in Music and Multimedia Composition focuses on the analysis and production of original multidisciplinary works of art, exploring the use of digital music and sound in combination with video, performance, and text. The program consists of advanced examinations of theoretical, technical, cultural, and aesthetic issues surrounding music and multimedia production, centering on the use of interactive technologies and gestural control in performance. Research and production are supported by the department's Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME) studios, with extensive resources in interactive software and hardware.
Additional resources: Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME) studios, video and audio recording equipment, multimedia lab.
A.M.: Eight courses selected in consultation with advisor; expertise in one programming language; qualifying review; thesis in the form of an audio CD, an electronic performance, a work for DVD, an internet production, or an art/sound installation. Students entering the program without the A.M. earn that degree as part of their progress toward the Ph.D. We do not encourage applicants who seek the A.M. as a terminal degree.
Ph.D.: In addition to the courses required for the A.M., five additional courses for a total of 13. Required courses include a minimum of four graduate-level seminars offered by the electronic music and multimedia program. After completion of all coursework in the third year, the candidate will take a three-hour oral preliminary examination. Passing the preliminary examination authorizes the candidate to proceed to the doctoral dissertation, which is completed during the fourth and fifth years.
Admission requirements: Submit on online portfolio of three to four examples of your best creative work; examples can include music, videos, installations, performances, scores or any other creative work. Please include brief notes about each work and anything else that may help guide in the evaluation process. A writing sample is not required, but is optional. Candidates are evaluated primarily on their creative work.
GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 1