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MA Professional Media Composition

For anyone interested in working with music from film, TV and gaming the Professional Media Composition is a Master’s degree in film, TV and game scoring written and tutored exclusively by working composers. This is an online course offered by ThinkSpace Education in partnership with the University of Chichester. This means students can study for their Master’s degree anywhere in the world. The programme of study is based firmly in the real-world, utilising the exceptionally close contacts ThinkSpace has with the global film, games and television industry.

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Course content

Students will work exclusively on real-life projects. They will tackle a broad range of technical and artistic challenges, looking at rich and vibrant areas of creative practice including scoring for commercials, documentary, animation, games as well as feature films. They will place media music in context and will also study the history and development of the form from the early twentieth century through to the present day.

Many composers at the top of the industry including Harry Gregson-Williams, David Arnold, George Fenton, Nicholas Hooper and many others, have contributed to the course materials. The programme team also works closely with industry bodies and production creative’s at the highest level to ensure the currency and relevance of the programme of study. The prime purpose of the programme is to enable students to become effective and multi-skilled film, television or games composers, capable of meeting complex musical and technical challenges when composing for the media.

In this fast-developing area of professional practice, the programme will offer substantial and sustained opportunity to engage with the research of others, stimulating interdisciplinary enquiry, furthering the student’s knowledge and developing original solutions and insights into technical and creative problems.

For further details please contact Tim at ThinkSpaceOnline: or call 01243 512 730

Fees for 2016

UK: £8850.00 - You can pay in one go, or pay a deposit of £1,000, then 12 monthly installments of £665.00.

US: $12,950.00 - You can pay in one go, or pay a deposit of $1,650, then 12 monthly installments of $945.00.

EU: €11,600.00 - You can pay in one go, or pay a deposit of €1,400, then 12 monthly installments of €850.00.

Orchestral Recording Session:  UK £1,650    US: $2,500     EU:€2,265  -  Please note that this is an estimated price as it may change year on year

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

The Music department offers several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

Where this can take you

By undertaking this MA, you will gain the experience and qualifications needed to work on Media Composition professionally.

Indicative modules

  • Writing in Styles
  • Writing to a Brief 1
  • Writing to a Brief 2
  • Film Music in Practice: Origins
  • Music Editing
  • An Introduction to Writing to Picture
  • Writing to Picture: Drama
  • Film Music in Practice: The Modern Era
  • Final Major Project (Dissertation)

Teaching and assessment

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students need to complete four out of the first five modules, one of which must be Writing in Styles.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma students need to complete all modules with the exception of the Final Major Project.

To gain an MA students need to have successfully completed all modules, including the Final Major Project (Dissertation).

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