Taught course

Composing for Film and Television

Kingston University · School of Performance and Screen Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology).

Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).

Months of entry


Course content

This Composing for Film and Television course is designed for composers aspiring to work in the media industry and wanting to learn more about techniques for composing and producing music for film and TV. You will learn from experienced composers working across a variety of different media and styles. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with student filmmakers and animators from other courses.

You'll produce and record music in our fantastic, unique facilities. In partnership with world-famous record producer Tony Visconti, the British Library and Science Museum, the Visconti Studio comprises of a 300m² octagonal live room stocked with rare and vintage recording equipment.

Reasons to choose Kingston:

  • You will learn techniques for composing and producing music for different types of media.
  • There is the opportunity to have your music performed by an ensemble in a professional recording environment.
  • You will be working with staff members with expertise and experience in a wide range of music making, and will have the chance to record with legendary music producer, Tony Visconti.

What you will study:

You will analyse film and TV scores, exploring how music is used to create atmosphere, convey mood and depict setting, character and action. You'll also explore the relationships between composer and producer, directors and music editors.

As well as studying and practising the use of main themes, underscoring and the harmonic languages of soundtracks, you will also learn about the technology used to produce high-quality soundtracks for the music industry, as well as business and copyright issues.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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