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Professional Media Composition

ThinkSpace Education

12 months
9750 GBP/year
9750 GBP/year
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Professional Media Composition is for composers who want to earn a living writing music for media. It delivers the creative, technical and business skills to help you succeed.Taught exclusively by working professionals, the course draws its knowledge directly from the industry so students can be sure they are learning exactly what it takes to make a living in the current film and tv music market.


Key facts:

Through studying the creative aspects of composition, the software skills, and the specifics of the music business, you will be fully prepared to start, or further, your career as a working composer.

On this course, you will learn:

  • How to write in a wide variety of styles using different compositional techniques.
  • To produce professional quality mock-ups and demos.
  • To develop a voice of your own so you can stand out from the crowd.
  • The importance of market research, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The technical aspects of writing to picture, spotting a film, and working with hit points and markers.
  • Music editing, an important skill for composers both in terms of boosting productivity and also for opening new avenues of work.
  • The research and critical thinking skills to help you put media music in context.


On successful conclusion of your course, you will be awarded a Master of 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

Students will complete these core modules:

  • Writing in Styles
  • Writing to a Brief 1
  • Writing to a Brief 2
  • Research and Critical Reflection
  • Music Editing
  • Writing to Picture
  • Scoring Drama
  • Elective
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:

  • Work and Money
  • Advanced Pro Tools
  • Sibelius
  • Musical Sound Design


This course is all our student's go-to for learning how to become a composer for media. If film, television, adverts, corporate, and other forms of linear media are your focus, then this course if for you.


All tutors are current working professionals, many at the highest level in the business. They have credits including Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, Die Hard 4, Pokémon Movies and hundreds more. They’ve worked for every major film and game studio including Disney, Dreamworks, Marvel, Universal, Warner Bros, Sky, BBC, ITV, NBC and many others.

Key information


  • 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.


180 alternative credits

You will mostly be 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 research and practice for the final 'Summative' assignment, which will be your final grade for that module. All Summative assignments are marked at least twice.


  • 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 (see the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ section). We assume that completion of an undergraduate degree shows the applicant has the required level of academic ability to complete the course. Where applicants have been out of education for some time or come from a very different discipline, we can provide additional support through one to one tutorials during their course.

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.Full requirements can be found on our website, so feel free to take a look or reach out to us directly.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9750 GBP/year
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    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.


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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