University of Chichester

University of Chichester

Professional Media Composition

Students will work exclusively on real-life projects. They will tackle a broad range of technical and artistic challenges, looking at rich and vibrant areas of creative practice including scoring for commercials, documentary, animation, games as well as feature films. They will place media music in context and will also study the history and development of the form from the early 20th century through to the present day. The prime purpose of the programme is to enable students to become effective and multi-skilled film, television or games composers, capable of meeting complex musical and technical challenges when composing for the media. In this fast-developing area of professional practice, the programme will offer substantial and sustained opportunity to engage with the research of others, stimulating interdisciplinary enquiry, furthering the student's 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 in styles; writing to a brief 1; writing to a brief 2; film music in practice: origins; music editing; an introduction to writing to picture; writing to picture: drama; film music in practice: the modern era; final major project (dissertation).

Assessment methods

Assessment includes the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (full-time) - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time - 3 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

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