Video Game Composition and Orchestration

ThinkSpace Education

Master Online
24 months
10475 GBP/year
10475 GBP/year
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MFA Video Game Composition and Orchestration programme of ThinkSpace Education is the perfect combination of skill sets for composers with the drive and determination to reach the top in video games music. Your course includes a live orchestral session with a professional film orchestra.


During this Video Game Composition & Orchestration programme of ThinkSpace Education, you will cover the skills taught in both our Composing for Video Games and Orchestration for Films, Games, and Television degree courses.

Key facts:

Video Game Composition and Orchestration is an advanced degree that prepares you to write technically demanding, interactive music that you will learn to implement in the game using industry standard middleware such as FMOD and Wwise. You will learn to realise your scores as both professional grade sampled mock-ups and prepare them for live orchestra. You will learn to write for live players, prepare scores for a variety of applications and correctly manage Pro Tools sessions.

On this course, you will learn:

  • How to work in an adaptive and interactive genre, tackling challenges unique to video games.
  • To orchestrate awe-inspiring live and sampled orchestral game music.
  • To produce professional-quality scores using Sibelius or Finale and record-ready Pro Tools sessions.
  • What the market expects, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • About each section of the orchestra, taught by some of the world’s top film music session players.
  • How to use FMOD to implement your music and sound design interactively in fully functional Unity games, many specially licenced for the course, including commercial releases.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Game Audio Technology
  • Writing For Strings And Woodwind
  • Foundations of Game Music and Audio
  • Writing for Brass, Harp and Percussion
  • Advanced Game Music
  • Scoring for Full Orchestra

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits



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 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10475 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10475 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Video Game Composition and Orchestration
ThinkSpace Education