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MA Composing for Video Games

ThinkSpace Education
Program overview
12-36 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Almodington
9,750 GBP
January 2022

Almodington
9,750 GBP
September 2022

Almodington
9,750 GBP
January 2023

Almodington
9,750 GBP
September 2023

Program description

MA Composing for Video Games

Game music is one of the fastest expanding areas of media music. Composing for Video Games will prepare you to enter the industry as a video games composer and give you all the skills you need to compose and implement fully interactive music using industry standard middleware like Wwise. You will be given the space and support to develop as a composer, finding your voice and raising your production and composition to a professional standard.

Admission requirements

Ideally, applicants will have an undergraduate degree in music. However, there is an option for those who do not have a degree, taking into account real-world work experience of making music, and non-degree professional development courses. This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), as it’s known, is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also depends on how many other students are using this route during this stage of applications, as there is a maximum percentage of students we can take through this process.

We expect you to have a competent knowledge of one Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). You need to write music fluently and productively. You should be able to produce roughly two minutes of music in a day. Your demos should be of good quality and we are happy to listen to your music and give you an opinion on this before you apply.

A high level of music theory is a big advantage but we appreciate there are many different ways to create a great score and you will be judged principally on the potential shown in your portfolio.


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Program content

Your course falls into eight modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different area of video game composition, while at the same time developing specific compositional, technical and business skills.

The core modules on this course are:

  • Game Audio Technology
  • Foundations of Game Music and Audio
  • Research Skills and Critical Reflection
  • Sound, Music and the Moving Image
  • Adaptive Music 1
  • Adaptive Music 2
  • Advanced Game Music 1
  • Elective*
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:

  • Musical Sound Design
  • Sampling Technology
  • Pro Tools
  • FMOD
  • Advanced Game Music 2
  • Work and Money

Scholarships & funding

Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

Schedules

We offer 3 different schedules for the postgraduate degree, and students are able to pick which suits them best. Part time schedules are also available for PgCert and PGDip.

  • Full Time - 12 Months (30 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 36 Months (8 hours/week)

These are estimates of the time a student will spend on each schedule. It will vary from student to student, depending on your rate of work. This includes live workshops, one-to-one tutorials, reading and watching the course materials, and time spent on assignment projects.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: £9750

PLEASE NOTE: All currencies are quoted in GBP, but we invoice all of our students through the payment provider 'Flywire'. This allows you to pay your course fee in your home currency.

You will pay whatever the exchange rate is between your currency and the GBP fee.

Qualification

Course Details

This course prepares students to go into the industry as video game composers, assistant composers or as a member of an audio team.

On this course, you will learn:

  • To compose music for a wide variety of different game genres, from mobile puzzle games through to action and racing games.
  • Different ways of creating an interactive strategy to allow the score to respond seamlessly to the gameplay.
  • Collaborative and remote working skills, which are vital in such a connected global industry.
  • To use FMOD to implement your music interactively in fully functional Unity games and game levels, many specially designed or licenced for the course, including commercial releases.
  • Business skills to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.
  • Different ways of creating an interactive video game experience, allowing the score to respond seamlessly to gameplay.

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About this institute

ThinkSpace Education

ThinkSpace Education is an online provider of postgraduate degree courses for those looking to develop careers in the music and creative industries. With a 95% graduation rate, we know how to deliver innovative and engaging online education with exceptional professional...


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Why study at ThinkSpace Education

Studying at ThinkSpace Education gives you the flexibility to pursue career goals and keep up with family life whilst gaining a postgraduate degree. As many of you may be looking to develop freelance careers alongside, or after, your studies anyway, this is great practice for working in your own space and being responsible for your own deadlines.

The tutors we have at ThinkSpace Education are truly some of the best from around the world. We are not limited to the expertise of those around a local campus, so we have recruited some of the best musicians, sound designers, orchestrators, and industry pros from all over the UK, USA, and Europe. Our tutors truly come from all areas of the music industry and no matter what you want to focus on there is likely a tutor who can help you achieve that goal.

We don't leave you totally to your own devices, and we do regularly interact with and check-up on our students as part of their studies, but the skills needed to study online are very similar to those you need to develop your own careers in the music industry.

Contact info

ThinkSpace Education

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PO207LB Chichester West Sussex
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