Media Composition and Orchestration

ThinkSpace Education

Master Online
24 months
7125 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Learn to work in every sector of the media using a range of compositional techniques from live orchestral scoring, sound design, and hybrid compositional techniques. The course includes a live orchestral session with a professional film orchestra.


This MFA is in effect a double master’s, lasting two years and covering the same ground as both Professional Media Composition MA and Orchestration for Film Games and Television MA.

  • Have your music performed by a professional 50-piece film orchestra.
  • Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers.
  • Learn how the biggest names in the business go from computer DAW to live score.
  • Electives in Pro Tools for film composers
  • A real-world approach that combines sampled instruction with live orchestration and score preparation.
  • Regular online workshops and tutorial groups, forum discussions and exclusive webinars.

Programme Structure

Core Modules include the following:

  • Research And Critical Reflection
  • Elective 1*
  • Writing In Styles
  • Writing To A Brief
  • Writing To Picture
  • 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

For Elective 1 and Elective 2, students can pick one of the following for each module:

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


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
    • 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.




120 ECTS

Credits are acquired through 12 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 must have a Bachelor's degree to be accepted onto the course.

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

  • National

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

Course: £14,250 / $20,950 / €18,950

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


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.

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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