Taught course

Composition for Screen

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a sound-related discipline such as music, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation or art/design.

We may also consider your application if you have a background in another relevant discipline, such as computer science, architecture, education, cognitive science or psychology.

You must have significant experience in composition of a musically related creative activity (e.g. improvisation, sound installation or creative DJing).

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should comprise two or three samples of your compositional work for screen. At least one of those works should also demonstrate your experience in composing for instruments (or in a hybrid score along with electronics). Submission of the related score is preferred. Audio files alone are suitable as long as they represent compositional control of dramatic elements.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a one-year, research and compositional performance-based MSc with a focus on practices for composing music and sound for the screen.

The focus of the compositional investigations will include film/TV music as well as current computer multimedia production practices, such as for YouTube ‘virals’ and music videos, commercials, video games and web pages. You will become proficient in the technical, artistic and intellectual demands of composing music and sound for use in TV/radio/ film and other media environments, such as the internet. You will be able to experiment with new styles in media, and receive practical experience and timely feedback in collaborating with others.

The programme also provides an opportunity for students to enhance business and management skills in the media industry as they pertain to music and sound.

An exciting, recent development within the School has been the establishment of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra, which currently performs film music in all facets of performance and could potentially feature performances by Composition for Screen students.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 131 650 4086