MA Orchestration for Films, Games and TelevisionThinkSpace Education
MA Orchestration for Films, Games and Television
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MA Orchestration for Film, Games & Television
Fewer people are trained orchestrators than trained composers. This course takes you from first sketch through sampled mock-up, then onto the final recording with a live orchestral session, giving you all the knowledge you need to turn a musical idea into a professionally recorded live orchestral score. Students on this course go on to work as a film and games composer, composer’s assistant, additional music composer, orchestrator or copyist.
If you are already a working composer, this course opens up a wider range of work involving live orchestra and professional grade sampled mock-ups. If you’re looking to start a career, then by graduation you will be ready to tackle real-world composition projects involving both sampled and live orchestra.
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. 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 greatly beneficial for this course, as you will be asked to produce sheet music throughout your studies, as well as being able to demonstrate this skill during the application process.
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Your course falls into eight modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different section of the orchestra or lineup, while at the same time developing specific compositional, technical and business skills.
- Module 1 Writing for Strings
- Module 2 Writing for Woodwind
- Module 3 Elective
- Module 4 Sampling Technology
- Module 5 Writing for Brass, Harp and Percussion
- Module 6 Scoring For Full Orchestra
- Module 7 Session Preparation
- Module 8 Orchestration in Practice
- Final Major Project
For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:
- Advanced Sibelius
- Basic Pro Tools
- Work and Money
- Composing: Telling Stories
Scholarships & funding
Please check the institute website for more information.
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 fee: £10500
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.
Students on this course go on to work as a film and games composer, composer assistant, additional music composer, orchestrator or copyist. If you are already a working composer, this course opens up a wider range of work involving live orchestra and professional grade sampled mock-ups. If youre looking to start a career, then by graduation you will be ready to tackle real-world composition projects involving both sampled and live orchestra.
On this course, you will learn:
- To create and orchestrate awe-inspiring live and sampled orchestral film and games music.
- Contemporary commercial standard practice where the emphasis is always on speed and efficiency.
- How to work with sampled instruments, technical skills involving creating and balancing your template, instrument placement, use of reverb, and using controllers to enhance realism and orchestral mixing.
- How to produce professional-quality scores using Sibelius or Finale and record-ready Pro Tools sessions.
- To write to picture using live and sampled orchestral resources. Your optional film scoring assignments will be drawn from real-world film and video game projects.
- How to arrange for different sized orchestral ensembles.
- The research and critical thinking skills to help you put media music in context.
About this institute
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...
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.
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