Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is grounded within the Western notated art music tradition, while also engaging in dialogue with other contemporary musical practices. Students are equipped with skills in instrumental and vocal writing, orchestration, electro-acoustic music, professional score presentation, rehearsal skills and concert management, alongside the development of a personal and original voice. Notable alumni include Peter Sculthorpe, Barry Conyngham, Liza Lim, Matthew Hindson, Annie Hsieh and Dominik Karski.
Graduate student study options in the composition area include Graduate Diploma (by course-work) and research degrees (MMus and PhD).
Undergraduate Bachelor of Music students can apply to major in composition from the second year of study, taking a guided program of specialised study.
Undergraduate students from other areas of the University can learn about composition through related subjects such as Composition Studies, Orchestration and Music Language Steam (1, 2 and 3) through Breadth study.