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Composition for Film and Television MMus

University of West London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

  • Location

    University of West London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


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.

Course detail

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:

  • television thrillers
  • animations
  • video game trailers
  • science fiction
  • dramatic cinema
  • silent films
  • costume dramas
  • documentaries
  • horrors.

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.

Study & career progression

You might follow in the footsteps of our graduates who have achieved success working on a diverse range of projects for an impressive list of clients, including:

  • the BBC
  • The National Theatre
  • Youth Music Theatre UK
  • Projection Pictures
  • Sky
  • Channel 4
  • the British Film Institute.

Recent alumni successes include the creation of a major soundtrack score for the Imperial War Museum's authentic film footage from the First World War trenches and the critically acclaimed reconstruction and recording of film scores for Quo Vadis (Miklos Rosza) and Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre).

Tuition fees

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£ 13,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of West London

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  • Campus address

    University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 102 10

    56th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    139 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    51 51%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.53 91%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    130 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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