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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

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. Our highly experienced staff will guide you through assessments in film score analysis and in-studio ensemble conducting, which will include working with a group of live performing musicians.

By the time you have completed your studies you will have the skills and knowledge to gain an enhanced route into composing for film and television. 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.

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Practical Composition 2 - Core
Professional Orchestration and Arrangement - Core
Practical Composition 1 - Core
Music Score Production - Core
Audio and MIDI Production for the Screen Composer - Core
Research Methods - Core
Masters Project/Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students should have; honours degree in music specialising in composition or a degree in another subject plus substantial relevant experience in composition; provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores (essential) and recordings (desirable); attend an interview; 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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