Taught course

Composition for Film and Television

University of West London · London College of Music

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a first degree in Music (specialising in composition), or a first degree in another subject plus substantial and relevant prior experience within appropriate areas of composition. Applicants must also be able to provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores and recordings as appropriate. In all cases scores are essential, recordings desirable but not indispensable.

Months of entry


Course content

The MMus in Composition for Film and Television at London College of Music (LCM) is one of the longest-established qualifications of its kind.* The course provides an ideal opportunity for in-depth examination of specific techniques (both historical and current) employed in the creation of music for modern media, and for drawing upon these procedures in a practical context by composing music for a diverse range of genres, including…

  • television thrillers
  • animation
  • video game trailers
  • science fiction
  • dramatic cinema
  • silent film
  • costume drama
  • documentary and…
  • …horror!

In addition, you will hone and refine your skills as orchestrators by writing for a variety of specified ensembles. You will also expand your musical and dramatic vocabulary via an imaginative series of compositional pastiche exercises (an integral feature of the portfolio submission during Semester 1).

You will undertake further assessments in film score analysis (taking the form of an extended contextual essay, based upon a score/composer of your own choice) and in-studio ensemble conducting, working 'to click' with a group of 'live' performing musicians.

With tutoring from highly experienced members of staff who are also international award winners and acknowledged experts in their field, the MMus in Composition for Film and Television provides you with the perfect combination of skills, insight, experience and professional portfolio material to lay solid foundations for a truly successful future career.

(* Designed for advanced composition students, this course is not suitable for guitar-based singer-songwriters, composers with no, or limited, orchestral experience, or for those with little familiarity of standard musical notation.)

Information for international students

For more information, please visit: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
GBP £7,200
International students
GBP £11,500

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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

Course contact details

Course information
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