This course will develop your technical and artistic skills as a composer and leads to a substantial piece of work using advanced compositional techniques. There are no course materials. Instead, the course takes the form of a compositional plan which you negotiate with your tutor, who will be an established composer. Students embarking on this course usually have in mind a major piece of work which they want to write, for instance a symphonic work, an oratorio, an opera or a song cycle. The student and their tutor-composer work together for about a year as the piece develops. This personal and very flexible approach is usually greatly appreciated by students and tutors and significant works are often the result of this close collaboration.
The OCA provides a framework which you use to develop and agree a compositional plan with your tutor.
You are allocated a tutor and receive their details in your course pack. You work from the course materials and send regular assignments to your tutor. These are returned to you with comment and advice. The course fee includes tutor feedback on your set assignments, but you can purchase feedback and comment on additional pieces of work if you wish