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Composition of Music for Film and Television - MA

Course content

This programme provides professional training in composition for screen media. Taught by staff and guest composers from the professional world, you will develop a strong technological foundation in the subject, along with specialist understanding of television and screen scoring.

The MA is taught within our high-specification composition and recording studios, which have full-time technical support. Students are actively encouraged to build opportunities and networks, both within and beyond the University, for projects in film, animation, documentary and more.

In the first semester, you will study units introducing you to working and recording in studios, and focusing on TV and documentary work. You will also take one elective unit. In the second semester, the programme moves on to critical analysis of media music and film scoring, with an emphasis on longer-term projects for film and TV. This work feeds into original collaborations that you may choose to include in your final portfolio.

The vibrant musical life of the Department of Music provides opportunities for student and professional performance, and we are located at the heart of one of the UK’s leading cities for broadcast, commercial and creative screen media.

Programme structure

There are four core units and you will be able to choose two optional units from a wide selection that address further compositional skills, research skills for musicians, writing and directing for film and television, and how film and television programmes work. You will also complete a media composition portfolio/dissertation:

  • either a substantial portfolio of original music for new collaborative films and/or extracts (music totalling 15-25 minutes);
  • or music to one new collaborative film of 10-12 minutes and a critical dissertation of 10,000 words on an agreed film or topic.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television.

Careers

Students who completed the MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television have taken up careers as music composers, recording managers and compositing supervisors within animation studios.


Visit the Composition of Music for Film and Television - MA page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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