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Course content

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.

Key features

  • The curriculum is enriched by a broad view of musical styles and genres, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire that encompasses Western classical music, popular and world musics.
  • The wide selection of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your interests. The major project also enables you to compose an extensive piece of music to picture and work with filmmakers, enhancing your research and project development skills.
  • There is a wide range of music groups at Kingston University, ranging from a chamber choir to Javanese gamelan, and you will have the chance to write for a range of ensembles, including the professional ensemble in residence.
  • There are many possibilities for collaboration with filmmaking and animation students.

What will you study?

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.

Assessment

Compositions, soundtracks, essays, presentations, research projects, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

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

Visit the Composing for Film and Television - MMus page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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