Courses & Units

Composition 3B FCM318



Composition 3B is the final semester of undergraduate study of the technical and expressive skills for music composition. At this stage, you will have completed a folio of projects designed to establish writing skills and compositional craft, and therefore established the development of your 'voice' through the handling of instrumentation, pitch, rhythm, harmonic language and formal concepts. Through working with composers and instrumentalists on more self-directed projects, you will compose a variety of pieces, interact with ensembles, study new works, and further develop your knowledge of writing and analytical skills to build a portfolio of compositions.


Unit name Composition 3B
Unit code FCM318
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Maria Grenfell

Teaching staff

Profile and Casual Staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $4,414.00 100101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



FCM317 - Composition 3A and FCP202 - Harmony & Analysis B


Teaching Pattern

Minimum 3 hours of contact per week in individual, small group or seminar lessons.


Folio 70%,    Seminar task 10%,    Written assignment 10%,    Performance of works 10%

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Adler, The Study of Orchestration, 3e, New York: Norton, 2002, ISBN 0-393-97572-X

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