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MMus Composition for Film and Television

Course Description


Practical Composition 1 and 2
Film and Television Score Production
Business of Music
Combining Sounds
Composers' Workshop Series.
Practical Composition 1 and 2
These modules run consecutively over two semesters (full-time) or two years (part-time). You will submit a substantial portfolio of compositional work, accompanied by contextual notes and reflective critiques as specified in your module study guides.

Film and Television Score Production
This module gives you a vital blueprint for successful score production, in which you study a choice of instruments and electronic mixing, and conduct a final recording session with a live ensemble under professional time constraints. Assessment takes into account your conducting skills, time-management, communication, presentation of materials for the performers to use, your response to subject-specific conventions such as time-coding, and more. The piece for assessment will be based on an item from the portfolio that you will submit as part of your application for Practical Composition 2.

Business of Music
This module develops your understanding of commercial influences on the modern music industry.

In this practical, in-depth module, you develop your instrumentation, orchestration and arrangement techniques for different genres and styles. These may range from full orchestra to big band, musical theatre ensembles or pop song arrangements. You will also examine contemporary ways of blending live and sampled sound.

Combining Sounds
This module explores the process of combining sounds, from simplistic mono tape recordings to multitracked, multichannelled environments. We deconstruct genres, focusing on the working practices and methods used to combine and mix sounds. You will have practical studio sessions, allowing you to experiment with and analyse sound construction and multilayering techniques. With you, we will evaluate distinctions and parallels, and the tactile and non-tactile differentials in methodologies. We also examine technical and non-technical intuitive approaches, together with linear and non-linear mixing methods in stereo and surround sound.

At the same time, practical studio sessions allow you to analyse and experiment with sound construction and multilayering techniques. You will also evaluate distinctions and parallels between sounds, and different methodologies used to combine them, including technical and more 'intuitive' approaches - along with linear and non-linear mixing methods.

This module is ideal if your balance of skills and experience leans more towards working with live performances with musicians.

Composers' Workshop series
This popular weekly programme comprises presentations by a wide range of eminent composers, orchestrators, performers and other practitioners in the industry - including staff members and guest presenters from outside the University. Recent guest composers include Stephen Montague, Jonathan Dove, John McCabe, Martin Read, Judith Bingham, Judith Weir, Deirdre Gribbin, David Sawer, Simon Holt, Param Vir, Philip Grange, Martin Butler, Paul Robinson, Justin Connolly, Francis Pott, the late David Bedford and the late Geoffrey Burgon. Film and Television composers and orchestrators include Nigel Hess, Julian Nott and Nick Ingman, who visits on a regular basis. Other guests include the West End musical director, pianist and conductor Michael Haslam, the cellist Zoe Martlew, the rock guitar virtuoso Chris Francis and the composer, arranger and Music Media company Director, Elisa Harris.

Presentations have covered subjects from sonic branding and jingle-writing to composition and orchestration for film, promotional skills, avant-garde techniques for an array of separate instruments, copyright law, composing opera, community music projects, and presentations of their own work by the composers listed above and others. In recent years, organisations represented within this forum have included the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BACS), the Performing Right Society and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (PRS/MCPS), the Musicians' Union (MU), the Society for the Promotion of New Music and the Music Producers' Guild (MPG).

The Composers' Workshop provides an excellent opportunity to network with composer colleagues on other courses. You also benefit from the impressive range of performance and technological resources within LCM, which includes a large student cohort of advanced performers, fully equipped recording studios with live space, and the latest Sibelius music-originating technology.

Visit the MMus Composition for Film and Television page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a first degree in Music (specialising in composition), or a first degree in another subject plus substantial and relevant prior experience within appropriate areas of composition.Applicants must also be able to provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores and recordings as appropriate. In all cases scores are essential, recordings desirable but not indispensable.Where appropriate, applicants will be invited to attend an interview. References are required.

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