University of Chichester

University of Chichester

Composing for Video Games

The course has been developed in close consultation with the industry, so we are teaching you the skills your future employers want you to have. It's a strongly project focused course and you will develop an effective workflow, remote working and collaboration and a clear understanding of what's expected of the game composer as a member of the game audio team. All your tutors are working professional video game composers. You will work on an inspiring range of games, including commercial releases, provided as part of your course materials. You will learn not only how to create inspiring interactive music but also how to implement your score inside the game using industry standard middleware like FMOD and WWise. There are plenty of music production schools yet, despite increasing interest in video games soundtracks, almost none who specialize in scoring computer games.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree. If you don't have a music degree, then other experience can be taken into account, including work-based experience of making music, professional development courses like Music for the Media and Cinematic Orchestration and first degrees in other subjects. We expect you to have a good, solid knowledge of one computer based DAW like Logic, Cubase, or Digital Performer. You need to write music fluently and productively. You should be able to produce roughly two minutes of music in a day. Your demos should be of good quality and we are happy to listen to your music and give you an opinion on this before you apply. A high level of music theory is a big advantage but we appreciate there are many different ways to great a great score and you will be judged principally on the potential shown in your portfolio.

Course modules

Indicative modules: Game audio technology; research skills; foundations of game sound design; sound and the moving image; adaptive music 1; adaptive music 2; advanced game music 1; elective; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bishop Otter Campus PO19 6PE South East

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