Composition for Film and Television
University of West London
Key Course Facts
If you have ever dreamed of scoring music for film and TV, this composition course will give you the expertise and confidence to achieve your goal.
It is one of the longest-established qualifications of its kind, attracting high-calibre musicians. You could join a growing list of alumni, including Matt Tong (formerly of Bloc Party), Grammy Award nominee Alexander Grant (aka Alex da Kid), Nile Rodgers collaborator Ben Salter, and Matthew Hodson, founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra.
Designed for advanced composers, this Masters will provide you with in-depth specialist training, delivered by acclaimed industry professionals. We pride ourselves on giving you not only the high-quality tuition you would expect, but also the personal attention you need to make the most of your studies at the London College of Music.
This is a specialist course in composing for film and television. You will need to have contextual knowledge of mainstream repertoire and significant experience of composition and orchestration. In return, the course gives you excellent opportunities to develop technical skills in composition and studio-based work.
You will study historical and current techniques used to create music for modern media. And you will look at ways to draw on these techniques in a practical context by composing music for a diverse range of genres, including:
video game trailers
The course is taught mainly through individual tutorials, giving you generous contact with specialists, but you may also participate in group workshops, seminars and lectures.
By writing for a variety of ensembles, you will hone and refine your skills as an orchestrator. In addition, you will expand your musical and dramatic vocabulary via a series of compositional pastiche exercises.
Our highly experienced staff will guide you through assessments in film score analysis and in-studio ensemble conducting, which will include working with a group of live performing musicians.
By the time you have completed your studies you will have the skills and knowledge to gain an enhanced route into composing for film and television.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Composition for Film and Television, MMus (Comp), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Applicants must hold a first degree in Music (specialising in composition), or a first degree in another subject plus substantial and relevant prior experience within appropriate areas of composition.
Applicants must also be able to 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.
Where appropriate, applicants will be invited to attend an interview. References are required.
International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About University of West London
The University of West London (UWL) is a government funded university in England. West London is made up of eight distinct schools: Claude Littner Business School, London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Computing and Engineering, the College of Nursing, London College of Music, the School of Law and Criminology, the School of Human and Social Sciences, and the London School of Film.
Student composition of University of West London
Where is this programme taught
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