Video Game Composition and Orchestration

ThinkSpace Education

Master Online
24 months
7125 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


More and more games are using live orchestra. Video games frequently have both the budget and the scale of ambition to support a large, epic fantasy score, or a thumping action soundtrack. Our MFA is the perfect combination of skillsets for composers with the drive and determination to reach the top in video games music.


  • Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers
  • Live solo sessions” Hear some of the world’s best session players perform your music and give you personal feedback
  • Regular online workshops and tutorial groups, online discussions and exclusive webinars
  • Hear your composition brought to life with a live session performed by a professional 50-piece session orchestra.
  • Electives in Pro Tools for film composers, advanced Sibelius and many other choices.
  • Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers and game audio directors.

Programme Structure

  • Research And Critical Reflection
  • Elective 1*
  • Session Preparation
  • Writing For Strings And Woodwind
  • Writing For Brass, Harp And Percussion
  • Scoring For Full Orchestra
  • Game Audio Technology
  • Foundations Of Game Music And Audio
  • Adaptive Music 1
  • Adaptive Music 2
  • Advanced Game Music 1
  • Elective 2*
  • Final Major Project

For Elective 1, students can pick one of the following:

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

For Elective 2, students can pick another option from Elective 1, or have the option of studying Advanced Game Music 2 as an extension of their previous module.


This course is aimed at those looking to build a career in composition and orchestration for games. The course will also prepare to work in other types of media music. Our courses are career focused, so you can expect to be tackling tasks that an orchestrator 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 equipment requirements can be found on our website.

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!

Fresh content

Updated in the last 6 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Video Game Composition and Orchestration
ThinkSpace Education