University of Chichester

University of Chichester

Orchestration for Film, Games and Television

This programme trains students to work at the cutting edge of contemporary cinematic music, developing a range of technological and musical skills to produce high quality and innovative scores. Teaching staff include top Hollywood orchestrators who have worked on Oscar nominated scores, blockbusters like Hunger Games, Fast and Furious and the Die Hard series of films. The course builds on the foundations of traditional classical orchestration and then extends this into the rapidly evolving world of contemporary film and games scoring. The programme team works closely with film, games and music industry bodies and practitioners, to ensure the currency and professional relevance of the programme. The prime purpose of the programme is to enable students to become effective and multi-skilled professionals, capable of meeting complex musical and technical challenges in the arena of film, games and television orchestration. In this fast developing area of professional practice, the programme will offer substantial and sustained opportunities to engage with the research of others, stimulating interdisciplinary enquiry, furthering students' knowledge and developing original solutions and insights into technical and creative problems.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (or equivalent). Competence in the use of a digital audio workstation (see technical requirements). A command of written English equivalent to IELTS 6.5. All candidates must submit a portfolio of work of not less than 10, and not more than 15 minutes of music, including a minimum of 3 different pieces.

Course modules

Indicative modules: writing for strings; writing for woodwind. Elective: Kontakt scripting, advanced Sibelius and pro tools; sampling technology; writing for brass, harp and percussion; scoring for full orchestra; session preparation; orchestration in practice; final major project (dissertation).

Assessment methods

Assessment includes the dissertation.


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

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Telephone number: 
01243 816002