University of West London

Course Introduction

The course is designed for advanced composers and provides an in'depth, specialist training for individuals wishing to move into composing for film and television; students hone their particular skills, study techniques of instrumentation, orchestration and arrange for different genres and styles, developing the flexibility to operate effectively and professionally within this field; this course is not suitable for guitar'based singer'songwriters, for composers with no previous orchestral experience or for those whose primary experience is not notation'based.

Course Modules

Modules include: practical composition 1 and 2; orchestration and arranging; conducting. Or: electronic music composition 1 and 2; developing your career; interactive music technology; research methods; dissertation or project. Optional modules include: stylistic composition (pre 1900); stylistic composition (post 1900); multi'track recording and mixing for surround; film and TV score production; combining sounds; digital audio interface design for music; the development of audio technology; manipulating sounds.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants must hold a 1st degree in music (specialising in composition), or a 1st degree in another subject plus substantial and relevant prior experience within appropriate areas of composition; applicants must provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores and recordings as appropriate (in all cases scores are essential, recordings desirable but not indispensable); applicants may be invited to interview; applicants whose 1st language is not English require either IELTS 6.5 or above including a minimum 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components, TOEFL internet'based test 90 or above, Pearson PTE Academic 58 or above, or an equivalent secure English language test.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MMus £10,995  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MMus £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MMus £5,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MMus £3,500  Academic year. First year home fees