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Composing for Film and Television MMus

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Composing for Film and TV

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 (see the course webpage) 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 you will 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.


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

Music groups

As a student on this course, you will have the chance to get involved with a range of music groups at the University, with opportunities to join a wide range of ensembles.

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
International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
Special Study: Applied Musical Skills
The Philosophy of Musical Performance
Advanced Production of Popular Music
Current Debates in Music Education
Jazz Studies
Live Performance
The Psychology of Music
The Studio Musician

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

(Student Profile)

Max West

"I thoroughly enjoyed the masters in Composing Music for Film and Television at Kingston University. Doing the course over two years gave me the time to develop both the technological and compositional elements of composing for moving image.

I benefited immensely from the course's 'hands-on' approach, which necessitated learning everything from software packages to rendering music to image to microphone placement for live recording. I loved working alongside the other students in a collegiate and friendly atmosphere; many of the students were international and from varied backgrounds. I also found the teachers each had their own unique knowledge and skill to impart.

I would highly recommend this course – but fasten your seatbelt for the inevitable technical frustrations inherent in using today's computer technology!"


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred). A folio of three contrasting compositions both scores and recordings.Evidence of familiarity with a sequencing programme such as Logic Pro.

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