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Composition for Film and Television MMus

Composition for Film and Television MMus

Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Composition Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary


If you have ever dreamed of scoring music for film and TV, this composition course will give you the expertise and confidence to achieve your goal.

It is one of the longest-established qualifications of its kind, attracting high-calibre musicians. You could join a growing list of alumni, including Matt Tong (formerly of Bloc Party), Grammy Award nominee Alexander Grant (aka Alex da Kid), Nile Rodgers collaborator Ben Salter, and Matthew Hodson, founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra.

Designed for advanced composers, this Masters will provide you with in-depth specialist training, delivered by acclaimed industry professionals. We pride ourselves on giving you not only the high-quality tuition you would expect, but also the personal attention you need to make the most of your studies at the London College of Music.

Course detail

This is a specialist course in composing for film and television. You will need to have contextual knowledge of mainstream repertoire and significant experience of composition and orchestration. In return, the course gives you excellent opportunities to develop technical skills in composition and studio-based work.

You will study historical and current techniques used to create music for modern media. And you will look at ways to draw on these techniques in a practical context by composing music for a diverse range of genres, including:

  • television thrillers
  • animations
  • video game trailers
  • science fiction
  • dramatic cinema
  • silent films
  • costume dramas
  • documentaries
  • horrors.

The course is taught mainly through individual tutorials, giving you generous contact with specialists, but you may also participate in group workshops, seminars and lectures.

By writing for a variety of ensembles, you will hone and refine your skills as an orchestrator. In addition, you will expand your musical and dramatic vocabulary via a series of compositional pastiche exercises.

Study & career progression

You might follow in the footsteps of our graduates who have achieved success working on a diverse range of projects for an impressive list of clients, including:

  • the BBC
  • The National Theatre
  • Youth Music Theatre UK
  • Projection Pictures
  • Sky
  • Channel 4
  • the British Film Institute.

Recent alumni successes include the creation of a major soundtrack score for the Imperial War Museum's authentic film footage from the First World War trenches and the critically acclaimed reconstruction and recording of film scores for Quo Vadis (Miklos Rosza) and Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre).

Different course options

Full time | University of West London | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Audio and MIDI Production for the Screen Composer - Core
Research Methods - Core
Practical Composition 1 - Core
Practical Composition 2 - Core

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Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree in music specialising in composition or a degree in another subject plus substantial relevant experience in composition. You will need to provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores (essential) and recordings (desirable). You will be invited to attend an interview and will need to provide references.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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