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MA Composition for Film, TV & Games




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Bognor Regis campus

January start - 18 months Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher
  • An A Level qualification or equivalent
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22 UK fee: £8,800

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

For more information contact Stephen Baysted,

Course content


 (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

Course Overview

This 18 month full time (January start)  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.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Business School team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 


Our facilities

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies is based in the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

These exciting facilities provide access to professional industry standard equipment and hands on practical learning. 

Tech Park

 CDT Facilities

The Tech Park facilites include:

  • A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage
  • 9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing
  • An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work
  • Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites

Learning Resource Centre 

   LRC Bognor Campus

Our Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. It hosts:

  • Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans
  • Costa Coffee

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 


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

The modules available on the course are as follows:

Block 1 

  • Style and Genres (20 credits)
  • Programming, Production and Studio Technologies (20 credits)                                  
  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)

Block 2

  • Composing Moving Image (40 credits)
  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)

Block 3

  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)             
  • Research and the Industry (20 credits)

Block 4

  • Specialist Project or Research Project (60 credits)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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.

Additional Costs

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Contact Us

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