This course is ideal if you are a composer aspiring to work in the media industry, and want to learn more about the practical and theoretical techniques for composing and producing music for film and TV. It is taught by experienced professional film/TV composers, and gives you the opportunity to collaborate with film-makers and animators on other masters courses within the University. You will also have the chance to write for a professional live ensemble and other live ensembles in the music department.
You will compose music for a large variety of different types of moving image and will have opportunities to work with film-makers, screen designers and animators. You will analyse a range of film and TV scores, exploring the ways in which music has been used to create and convey atmosphere and mood, and depict setting, character and action. We will also discuss and examine the business and copyright aspects of film composing.
You will study in-depth the aesthetics and functions of music composed to image, exploring the relationship(s) between the composer and producers, directors, and music editors. You will also study and practise the use of main themes, underscoring and the harmonic languages of soundtracks, both in big- and small-screen contexts. A further opportunity is to have a composition performed by a professional ensemble, conducted by each individual student to picture, in a fully professional 24-track recording environment. You will also cover how to use the technology to create produced soundtracks of a high quality.
Samples of work
Prospective students need to send in 3 contrasting scores with recordings.
We normally invite applicants for an interview with the course director or another senior member of the teaching team. International students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone.
Prior learning - AP(E)L
Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.
No work experience is required.
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