Course Details

Find out what you will study on the film music degree and pathway options.

 

An Attractive Career

Film music is a growing industry and is now an integral part of film production. Film composers now garner world-wide recognition for their work and writing music for the moving image has fast become an attractive career option for composers seeking the twin benefits of creative flexibility and a high rate of royalty-based income.
 

Developed to meet industry demand

Developed to meet the industry’s demand for fresh talent, our degree in Film Music builds on our established expertise in music production as well as our impressive roster of alumni who have gone on to compose work for independent films, Hollywood blockbusters and studios run by high profile practitioners such as Hans Zimmer.

 

The first of its kind

This is the first course of its kind in a UK conservatoire and uniquely combines one-to-one composition tuition, group studio production sessions in Mac Labs, and a wide variety of supporting topics such as harmony, orchestration and historical, cultural and professional studies.
 

Soundtrack Library

Students will have access to our unique and vast library of notated soundtrack scores and cues, most of which are transcribed by course leader Brian Morrell.
 

Industry Showcase

Each term students benefit from our links with the film music industry through our regular ‘Film Nights’, where our students showcase their work to a live audience and a panel of industry professionals.

 
 

Modules

Our modules cover developing compositional identity, production skills, contextual studies and professional studies that prepare you for industry.
Download the full course outline for BA (Hons) Music (Film)

 

Specialist Study

You will advance your compositional skills and establish your compositional identity whilst learning to implement a professional understanding of the narrative function in film, and how it can be interpreted by music.

You will work on projects with film directors and develop your understanding of how film music operates and communicates.
 

Specialist Group Study

Your production skills will be enhanced by attaining a practical and theoretical understanding of the principal industry standard Digital Audio Workstation software and how this applies to music for film.

Additionally you will learn how to operate and manage sequencing, sampling and synthesis performance software.

On completion of the degree you will have a substantial portfolio showing composition, arranging and production skills.

 

Contextual Studies

You will develop composition, orchestration, production, musicology and aural skills through the examination of film music repertoire and its style and effects on film and society from the advent of popular film music through to the present day.

You will assess how music communicates with film from the perspective of composers and directors, working towards a greater understanding of how to compose and construct music and apply it to film.

You will also be able to choose optional modules from a range of subjects, including Entrepreneurship, Collaborative Composition or Emerging Music Models.

Professional Studies

Additionally, as with all our degree pathways, you will be able to choose to study a number of professional studies modules that cover topics such as self-promotion and marketing, legal and commercial issues and digital and media literacy.

This focus on developing your business skills will help to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.

 
 

Pathway Options

You can choose to add a foundation year to our BA (Hons) Film Music pathway.

 

Foundation Year

You can choose to add a foundation year to our BA (Hons) Film Music pathway.

This 4-year BA (Hons) with Foundation Year would be suitable for you, if:
 

  • You do not have the standard/traditional entry requirements
  • You need additional time and support to achieve conservatoire-standard musicianship
 
During your foundation year, you will receive one-to-one tuition in your specialist study, and develop performance, composition or production skills in preparation for degree-level study.

On successful completion of the foundation year you would progress directly to year 1 of the BA (Hons) programme.

Download the full Course Outline for BA (Hons) Music (Film) with Foundation Year.