Kingston University London

Course Introduction

This course is designed for composers aspiring to work in the media industry and wanting to learn more about techniques for composing and producing music for film and TV. Taught by experienced professional film/TV composers, it provides an opportunity to collaborate with filmmakers and animators, as well as the chance to write for ensembles. You will compose music for moving image and work with filmmakers, screen designers and animators. You will analyse film and TV scores, exploring how music is used to create atmosphere, convey mood and depict setting, character and action. In addition, you will explore the relationships between composer and producer, directors and music editors. You will also study and practise the use of main themes, underscoring and the harmonic languages of soundtracks. There will be an opportunity to have your compositions performed by a professional ensemble, conducted to picture in a professional recording environment. You will also learn about the technology used to produce high'quality soundtracks for the music industry, as well as business and copyright issues.

Course Modules

Core modules: Major project; professional and live aspects of composing for film and television; researching music; techniques and technology for composing for film and television. Optional modules: Composing and marketing popular music; constructing music education in the UK; critical reflection on musical performance; international music education: psychology, culture and philosophy; special study: arranging and scoring; advanced production of popular music; current debates in music education; jazz studies; live performance technologies; performance studies; the psychology of music; the studio musician.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £5,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £13,700 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £3,135 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £7,535 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred). A folio of three contrasting compositions both scores and recordings. Evidence of familiarity with a sequencing programme such as Logic Pro. Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.