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).
  • A link to an online portfolio of three short contrasting compositions with both full scores and recordings on Soundcloud or Youtube. These can be ‘compositions to picture' in which case the film with underscore should be submitted, for example as a MP4 file or link to YouTube.
  • Evidence of familiarity with a sequencing programme such as Logic Pro.
  • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This 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 professional film/TV composers, such as Philip Chambon whose work includes compositions for the BBC, Discovery Channel and independent film directors and producers. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with student filmmakers and animators from Kingston School of Art.

You'll produce and record music in our unique facilities which include recording studios, rehearsal rooms, a synthesis/sampling lab - and the analogue/digital hybrid Visconti Studio. 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.

Key features

  • You may apply for funding for this course, through the BAFTA UK scholarship programme. This offers up to £12,000 towards your course fees, mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
  • You will compose music for moving image, and work with filmmakers, screen designers and animators.
  • There will be an opportunity to have your compositions performed by an ensemble, conducted to picture in a professional recording environment.
  • Kingston is just 30 minutes from central London, a major centre of the cultural arts in the UK, allowing easy access to music venues, events, studios, labels and publishers.

What will you study?

  • You will analyse film and TV scores, exploring how music is used to create atmosphere, convey mood and depict setting, character and action. In addition, you will explore the relationships between composer and producer, directors and music editors.
  • You will also study and practise 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.
  • The major project also enables you to compose an extensive piece of music to picture and work with student filmmakers, enhancing your research and project development skills.
  • The curriculum is enriched by a broad view of musical styles and genres, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire that encompasses Western classical music, popular and world musics.

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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