Orchestration for Films, Games, and TV

ThinkSpace Education

M.A. Online
12 months
9350 GBP/year
9350 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Orchestration for Film Games and Television takes you from first sketch, through sampled mock-up, then onto the final recording with a live orchestral session, giving you all the knowledge you need to turn a musical idea into a professionally recorded live orchestral score.


Working with a live orchestra is an unforgettable experience. At the end of your course, some of your music will be performed by a live, professional, 50-piece film orchestra. You are welcome to attend in person or follow the session over the internet. This is included in the price of your course. Sessions take place in Europe (most likely Prague or Budapest) subject to availability.Throughout your course you will have the chance to have your music performed by some of the world’s best session players in our live solo sessions. You write a cue, they play it, we film the session and the player gives you feedback and advice. You get a world-class performance for your demo reel.

Some other course highlights include:

  • Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers
  • Unique programme developing key, industry facing skill sets, to prepare you for a career as an orchestrator and composer
  • Detailed feedback from working professionals, online workshops and tutorial groups, forum discussions and exclusive webinars
  • Have your music performed by a professional, 50-piece film orchestra- A real-world approach that combines sampled instruments with live orchestration and score preparation
  • Electives in Pro Tools and Advanced Sibelius for film composers

Programme Structure

Core Modules include the following:

  • Writing for Strings
  • Writing for Woodwind
  • Sampling Technology
  • Elective*
  • Session Preparation
  • Writing for Brass, Harp, and Percussion
  • Scoring for Orchestra
  • Orchestration in Practice
  • Final Major Project

For the Elective module, students can pick one of the following:

  • Advanced Sibelius
  • Basic Pro Tools


This course is aimed at those looking to build a career in orchestration and composition. Our courses are career focused, so you can expect to be tackling tasks that an orchestration or composer would expect to face in their working life. A student should have an understanding of the skills needed before joining the course, and already be comfortable in their software of choice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • 15 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 are acquired through 8 taught modules of 7.5 ECTS per module, as well as a Final Major Project or Dissertation of 30 Credits.


  • Fully structured
  • No Attendance, 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree. If you don’t have a degree, then other experience can be taken into account, including work-based experience and professional development courses like Music for the Media and Cinematic Orchestration. This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), as it’s known, is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also depends in part on how many other students in the cohort are using this route, as there is a maximum percentage of students we can take through this process.

Technological requirements

You will need a computer, software and ancillary equipment (MIDI keyboard, monitors, hard drives both internal and external), Mac or PC, capable of producing professional quality music and audio, and recording equipment.

A full list of technical requirements can be found on our website’s course page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    9350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Fees can be paid as one upfront cost, or as instalments spread monthly across the duration of the course.


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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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