Kingston University

Kingston University

Composing for Film and Television

This course is designed for composers aspiring to work in the media industry and wanting to learn more about the practical and theoretical techniques for composing and producing music for film and TV. Students compose music for a large variety of different types of moving image and have opportunities to work with film-makers, screen designers and animators. Students analyse a range of film and TV scores, exploring the ways in which music has been used to create and convey atmosphere and mood, and depict setting, character and action. The business and copyright aspects of film composing is also explored. Students study in-depth the aesthetics and functions of music composed to image, exploring the relationship(s) between the composer and producers, directors, and music editors. They also study and practise the use of main themes, underscoring and the harmonic languages of soundtracks, both in big- and small-screen contexts. A further opportunity is to have a composition performed by a professional ensemble, conducted by each individual student to picture, in a fully professional 24-track recording environment. How to use the technology to create produced soundtracks of a high quality is also covered.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 or above 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); applicants may be asked to submit an essay and/or a video recording of performances; experience as a professional performer, composer or producer may be considered in lieu of a music degree; where English is not the applicants 1st language IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required.

Course modules

Modules include: Major project; professional and live aspects of composing for film and television; researching music; techniques and technology for composing for film and television; advanced production of popular music; composing and marketing popular music; constructing music education in the UK; contemporary sonic arts practice; international music education: psychology, culture and philosophy; sound design; the philosophy and psychology of musical performance; current debates in music education; jazz studies; live performance; special study; the psychology of music; the studio musician.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework, including music to picture and scores.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MMus Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MMus Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MMus Part-time £ 2,400 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MMus Part-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MMus Part-time £ 2,400 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kingston Hill Kingston upon Thames KT2 7LB South East

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