University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Composition of Music for Film and Television

This programme provides professional training in composition for screen media. Students will develop a strong technological foundation in the subject, along with specialist understanding of television and screen scoring. Students are actively encouraged to build opportunities and networks, within and beyond the University, for projects in film, animation, documentary and more.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours (or international equivalent) in music plus experience as a composer, demonstrated by a portfolio of your music.

Course modules

Core units: critical analysis of media music; film scoring; media composition; professional techniques. Optional units: students can choose 2 units from a wide spectrum which addresses further compositional skills (orchestration, sound design, pastiche composition, etc), research skills for musicians, narrative grammar, and project development. 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 1 new collaborative film of 10-12 minutes and a critical dissertation of 10,000 words on an agreed film or topic.

Sponsorship information

Charitable trusts; University bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
0117 331 8458