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Media Composition and Orchestration

ThinkSpace Education

24 months
7125 GBP/year
7125 GBP/year
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Media Composition & Orchestration is for composers looking for a comprehensive preparation for a career scoring film, TV and games. You will learn to work in almost every sector of the media using a range of compositional techniques from live orchestral scoring and hybrid compositional techniques. Your course includes a live orchestral session with a professional film orchestra.


Key facts:

Gaining an understanding of orchestration and live instruments is crucial in composing realistic sounding sampled mock ups. This course combines both skills, as well as delivering the market-focused material you need to start, or further, your career in composing for media.

On this course, you will learn:

  • To write in a wide variety of styles, using different compositional techniques.
  • How to produce professional quality sampled mock-ups and high-quality demos.
  • To explore many different areas of the media, each of which has specific requirements and expectations.
  • About each section of the orchestra, led by some of the world’s top film session players.
  • What the market expects, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The business skills needed to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.


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

Students will complete these core modules:

  • Writing in Styles
  • Writing to a Brief 1
  • Writing to Picture
  • Research and Critical Reflection
  • Elective 1
  • Scoring Drama
  • Elective 2
  • Session Preparation
  • Writing for Strings and Woodwind
  • Writing For Brass, Harp and Percussion
  • Scoring for Full Orchestra
  • Orchestration in Practice
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For each of the two Elective modules, students will choose 1 from:

  • Music Editing
  • Advanced Sibelius
  • Cinematic Sound Design
  • Pro Tools
  • Sampling Technology
  • Work and Money
  • Composing: Telling Stories


This is a course for students who want to fully prepare for a career as a film composer and orchestrator. Often both can come hand in hand, but rarely do professionals have the skills needed to both at a high standard.


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
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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.


240 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. There is no 'Recognition of Prior Learning' application route for the MFA courses.

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

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14250 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14250 GBP for the full programme during 24 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.


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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