Masters degrees in Film Music train postgraduates in the composition and performance of new pieces of music for cinema and other film. It includes both live performance and electroacoustic practices.
Taught MA, MSc and MMus (Master of Music) courses are typical for this field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field provide you with a holistic experience of recording for film productions. You will undertake recording sessions in a range of scenarios, from booth to set, composing live and digitised music.
Training will cover techniques for both pre- and post-production, such as sound editing. In particular, you will improve your understanding of the relationship between sound and moving images.
Performance analysis and critical literature will develop your understanding of the different roles of film crew members, and how you will collaborate with them as a composer.
As well as sound production for film, careers may include live theatre performance, live television music composition, or even music production for games. Working for transmedia franchises would provide a means to combine these for a varied career.
Music at Aberdeen is world renowned and has been taught since Bishop Elphinstone founded the university in 1495. If you want to develop your musical interests at Master's level as a new graduate or returner, or if you want to improve and challenge your musical skills as part of your professional development the Mmus Music is an ideal programme of study for you. You are taught by known world renowned performers and composers within the music world including Professor Paul Mealor, and you are encouraged to start performing immediately to then start to specialise and find out what you most enjoy.
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You can study orchestration and composing for choirs, and renaissance music, words and music, contemporary opera. These areas may help you advance your musical career within teaching, performing, advising and working for specific musical productions as a freelancer. You may decide to write music for choirs and help them perform your works or you may decide to work internationally within opera companies. With Words and Music you can study any composers and genres to then go on to work in the West End, a specific niche area of music or as an individual performer.
You develop your skills in composition, musicology and performance with further specialising to allow you to continue to develop research in the department. Career progression includes global musical outlets.
Music Research Skills
Music Research Seminar Series
Words and Music
Contemporary European Opera
Electroacoustic Composition: the Voice and the Machine
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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