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Composing for Video Games

ThinkSpace Education

12 months
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9750 GBP/year
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About

Composing for Video Games will prepare you to enter the industry as a video games composer and give you all the skills you need to compose and implement fully interactive music using industry standard middleware like WWise. You will be given the space and support to develop as a composer, finding your voice and raising your production and composition to a professional standard.

Overview

Composing for Video Games programme of ThinkSpace Education will give you all the skills you need to compose and implement fully interactive music using industry standard middleware like FMOD and Wwise. You will be given the space and support to develop as a composer, finding your voice and raising your production and composition to the next level.

Key facts:

On this course, you will learn:

  • To compose music for a wide variety of different game genres, from mobile puzzle games through to action and racing games.
  • Different ways of creating an interactive strategy to allow the score to respond seamlessly to the gameplay.
  • Collaborative and remote working skills, which are vital in such a connected global industry.
  • To use Wwise to implement your music interactively in fully functional Unity games and game levels, many specially designed or licenced for the course, including commercial releases.
  • Business skills to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.
  • Different ways of creating an interactive video game experience, allowing the score to respond seamlessly to gameplay.

Accreditation

On successful conclusion of your course, you will be awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chichester. All UK degrees, including those of the University of Chichester, are recognised worldwide. The qualification is fully accredited in the UK and subject to regular quality control, review and external invigilation to ensure the highest academic standards are maintained.

Programme Structure

The core modules on this course are:

Game Audio Technology

Foundations of Game Music and Audio

Research Skills and Critical Reflection

Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Adaptive Music 1

Adaptive Music 2

Advanced Game Music 1

Elective

Final Major Project or Dissertation

For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:

Musical Sound Design

Sampling Technology

ProTools

Wwise

Advanced Game Music 2

Work and Money

Audience

This course is greatly suited to those looking to enter the video game industry as a composer, and have aspirations of developing their current skillset to meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry.

Lecturers

Our tutors are all current working professionals, many involved at the highest level in the business. The tutors who will be giving you individual feedback have video game composing and orchestration credits including Batman: Arkham Origins, Dragon Age, Tomb Raider, Bioshock, and hundreds more. They’ve worked for every major film and game studio including Blizzard, Nintendo, Capcom, and 2K Games.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • 10 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Your main application must be in by the 1st of the month before your start date. Any supporting portfolio and documentation can be handed in 2 weeks later.

Credits

180 alternative credits

For the vast majority of the course, you will be entirely graded on your practical ability. All assignments come with written write-ups where you will detail your approach.

Each module will have at least one 'Formative' assignment, which is considered practice for the final 'Summative' assignment, which will be your final grade for that module. All Summative assignments are marked at least twice.

Delivered

Online
  • Fully structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any subject. A limited number of places are available for non-degree holders, under the 'Recognition of Prior Learning' application method.

We also require applicants to complete a short application task, and potentially submit a portfolio of work depending on the course. All information can be found on the course page on our website.

Technological requirements

Being an online degree, students are required to have the equipment they need to produce their own work. This means a Digital Audio Workstation capable of importing video files, as well as sample libraries/synths to compose their own music.

You will also need a copy of Wwise and Unity. The exact version numbers are important but we can instruct you on this during the course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9750 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9750 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

All students are quoted in GBP. All invoices are through the payment provider 'Flywire'. This allows you to pay the full fee in your home currency

Funding

For UK students, you may be eligible for government student loans to pay for your course fees, maintenance and additional equipment. This amount is paid directly to you by the Student Loan Company.

We try to provide exceptional value to all students both in the UK and the rest of the world. Our fee structure is extremely competitive and, as such, does not allow us as much room for bursaries or scholarships as some providers. However, on occasion, we do award part scholarships to exceptionally talented applicants, particularly those from disadvantaged or under-represented groups, to help them fulfil their potential.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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