Taught course

Composition for Film and Television

University of West London · London College of Music

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree in music specialising in composition or a degree in another subject plus substantial relevant experience in composition. You will need to provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores (essential) and recordings (desirable).

You will be invited to attend an interview and will need to provide references.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a specialist course in composing for film and television. You will need to have contextual knowledge of mainstream repertoire and significant experience of composition and orchestration. In return, the course gives you excellent opportunities to develop technical skills in composition and studio-based work.

You will study historical and current techniques used to create music for modern media. And you will look at ways to draw on these techniques in a practical context by composing music for a diverse range of genres, including:

  • television thrillers
  • animations
  • video game trailers
  • science fiction
  • dramatic cinema
  • silent films
  • costume dramas
  • documentaries
  • horrors.

The course is taught mainly through individual tutorials, giving you generous contact with specialists, but you may also participate in group workshops, seminars and lectures.

By writing for a variety of ensembles, you will hone and refine your skills as an orchestrator. In addition, you will expand your musical and dramatic vocabulary via a series of compositional pastiche exercises.

Our highly experienced staff will guide you through assessments in film score analysis and in-studio ensemble conducting, which will include working with a group of live performing musicians.

By the time you have completed your studies you will have the skills and knowledge to gain an enhanced route into composing for film and television.

Information for international students

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). Other equivalent English language examinations will be considered. For more information, contact the International Office.

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Check for local equivalents.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses.

You will be asked to provide a portfolio of original works (including film and television work), scores (essential) and recordings (desirable).

Applicants will normally be invited to an interview, which may be online for international applicants who cannot travel here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course information
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