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MA Composing for Film, TV & Games

This course offers you professional training in writing and producing commercially viable music for the media industries.

The MA provides the requisite specialist compositional techniques, operational understanding of the hybrid studio and its range of technologies, and advanced productional skills which will equip you for a career in any of the major areas of the industry where music is used creatively to accompany the moving image.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

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Entry Requirements and Fees

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

Full Fees: £8,160 (Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester)

For more information contact Stephen Baysted, 

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Course content

This 18 month full time MA in Film, TV and Games Composition offers you professional training in writing and producing commercially viable music for the media industries. 

The MA provides you with the specialist compositional techniques, operational understanding of hybrid studio technologies, and advanced productional skills which will equip you for a career in any one of the major areas of the industry:

  • Film
  • TV
  • Games
  • Library Music
  • Advertising
  • Trailers

You will be taught by working industry professionals and great emphasis is placed upon working to real-world briefs, to real-world deadlines and in a professional environment within a state of the art recording and media technology facility. You will learn to process critical notes and interpret direction, and to iterate your work and deliver a finished product on time, on budget and on brief. 

You will be trained how to prepare for and run a recording session, how to manage music budgets and how to navigate the industry as a media composer. You will work collaboratively building networks with post-graduate directors, screenwriters, editors and producers, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to professional projects.

During the final 6 months of the programme students will engage with self-directed independent study as they create and produce their major research project. This project will be supported through mentoring and staged draft submissions and can be a combination of artefacts, a single large-scale specialist production supported by critical reflective analysis, or a significant and appropriate dissertation piece.

 A part time option is also available at 24 months plus 6 months independent study.

Our facilities

MA Composition for Film, TV & Games will be delivered in the new £30m Engineering and Digital Technology Park being constructed at the Bognor Regis campus.

Students will use industry standard equipment in CAD labs, edit suites, professional recording studios and a dedicated green screen stage.

Our commercial sound stage is one of three in the UK and will be used industry professionals including the London Metropolitian Orchestra. 

Where this can take you

This MA programme will enable you to start your career across a number of industries utilising the moving image and music in their content.

The creative industries of gaming, TV, film, radio and advertising all require well trained and professionally aware creatives for the numerous hours of content produced.

You will also have the opportunity to consider further study and enter the academic research environment through a Professional Doctorate pathway.

Work placements

Our established relationships with a number of commercial companies engaged with, or commissioning, content will allow for you to gain work placement opportunities.

Working collaboratively with both commercial and non commercial partners within the Engineering and Digital Technology Park, students will have direct access to industry on a regular basis.

Indicative modules

Compositional Techniques: Styles and Genres (20 Credits)

Programming, Production and Studio Technologies (20 Credits)

Composing for the Moving Image: Film, TV and Games (40 Credits)

Collaborative Project (40 credits)

Research and the Industry (20 credits)

Independent Study: Specialist Project or Research Project (40 credits)

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught by a range of experts in the fields of screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, picture editing and sound design. These will include well established and award winning filmmakers and a range of industry experts providing mentoring and master classes.

Class sizes are expected to range from 1-2-1 sessions with mentors, max of 16 in taught sessions, 16-20 in collaborative sessions shared with other MA students.

For the first 12 months (24 for P/T) students will engage with lectures, research, analysis and skills development classes as they further develop their specialist and collaborative understanding. They will also be taught through technical and creative workshops and project development sessions. All will all be a part of the normal timetables activities. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and practical individual and group work outside of the timetabled sessions.

Across the programme, but specifically the final 6 months, students are expected to immerse themselves in independent study and industrial interactions. You will be expected to be professional at all times and work towards establishing a professional network to assist in gaining career development opportunities.

You will have access to a range of facilities and resources to assist in the acquisition of knowledge and independent learning activities through our virtual leaning environment and our Learning Resource Centres. You will be expected to read journals, books and articles pertaining to your area of study, and an extensive range of online resources and technology spaces are readily available.

A total of 180 credits are required to be awarded the MA.


Summative assessment will take the form of written and practical coursework, presentations & screenings, portfolio and project work.

Formative assessment in the Creative & Digital Technologies Department is carried out through peer to peer and tutor feedback on work either through submission, workshops or tutorials. Regularly across all modules.

Feedback on submitted work can be accessed through our VLE digitally or by collected hard copies of work from the Administration Office. We endeavour to complete marking and feedback on all assessed work within a 3 week period though some modules, due to complexity of assessment, may take slightly longer.


The programme aims to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students, which minimises the need for individual support arrangements for students with additional needs. To this end:

  • All teaching material is available electronically to facilitate students who need to use assistive technology when reading materials.
  • Reading lists are registered with library services so that electronic copies of texts can be sourced for those students who require them.
  • Where practicable, all lectures and teaching classes are recorded and placed on Chi Player after the lecture takes place.
  • Course handbooks, powerpoints and associated materials used in lectures are available to students on-line on Moodle in advance of lectures.
  • A range of teaching strategies are used on the programme where possible, to ensure students with varied learning styles can benefit.
  • Where possible, the programme aims to provide a variety of assessment methods to meet differing needs.

Individual requirements:

Students requiring individual adjustments are referred to Student Support and Wellbeing, Disability Service or the Uinmind service, for assessment.

Reasonable adjustments required by individuals are logged by an appropriate adviser using the SARA (Support and Reasonable Adjustments) form and SONAR. Where appropriate the RAWE (Reasonable Adjustments for Work Experience) form is also completed. The individual needs of students is then distributed by the department to individual lecturers.

The assessment process allows where possible for individual needs and adjustments to be accommodated.

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