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Video Game Composition and Orchestration

24 months
7125 GBP/year
7125 GBP/year
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Video games frequently have both the budget and ambitious scale to support an epic fantasy score, or a thumping action soundtrack. MFA Video Game Composition & Orchestration 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 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.


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:

  • Game Audio Technology
  • Writing for Strings and Woodwind
  • Foundations of Game Music and Audio
  • Research and Critical Reflection
  • Elective 1
  • Adaptive Music 1
  • Adaptive Music 2
  • Writing for Brass, Harp and Percussion
  • Scoring for Full Orchestra
  • Session Preparation
  • Advanced Game Music 1
  • Elective 2
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For each of the elective modules, student can choose from:

  • Basic Pro Tools
  • Sampling Technology
  • FMOD
  • Cinematic Sound Design
  • Work and Money
  • Audio Post Production
  • Advanced Sibelius


This course is suited to those who are interested in entering the video games music industry with an expansive knowledge of both the technical side of video games, but also the core orchestration training to realise your music in live settings.


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
    • 48 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' 

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.


For UK students, you may be eligible for government student loans to pay for your course fees, maintenance and additional equipment. This amount is paid directly to you by the Student Loan Company.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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