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MA Professional Media Composition

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

9,750 GBP
January 2023

9,750 GBP
September 2023

9,750 GBP
January 2024

Program description

MA Professional Media Composition

Professional Media Composition is for composers who want to earn a living writing music for media. It delivers the creative, technical and business skills to help you succeed. Taught exclusively by working professionals, the course draws its knowledge directly from the industry so students can be sure they are learning exactly what it takes to make a living in the current market.

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. 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 media composition, while at the same time developing specific compositional, technical and business skills.

  • Module 1 Writing in Styles
  • Module 2 Writing to a Brief 1
  • Module 3 Writing to a Brief 2
  • Module 4 Research and Critical Reflection
  • Module 5 Music Editing
  • Module 6 Writing to Picture
  • Module 7 Scoring Drama
  • Module 8 Elective*
  • Final Major Project

For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:

  • Work and Money
  • Advanced Pro Tools
  • Sibelius
  • Musical Sound Design

Scholarships & funding

Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery


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.


Course Details

Through studying the creative aspects of composition, the software skills, and the specifics of the music business, you will be fully prepared to start, or further, your career as a working composer.

On this course, you will learn:

  • How to write in a wide variety of styles using different compositional techniques.
  • To produce professional quality mock-ups and demos.
  • To develop a voice of your own so you can stand out from the crowd.
  • The importance of market research, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The technical aspects of writing to picture, spotting a film, and working with hit points and markers.
  • Music editing, an important skill for composers both in terms of boosting productivity and also for opening new avenues of work.
  • The research and critical thinking skills to help you put media music in context.

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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.


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Michael B
To say that this is life changing would not be an understatement. The attention to detail, expert advice by industry professionals and the connection from education to business is all part of this wonderful package. My recent successes are all because of TSE.

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PO207LB Chichester West Sussex
United Kingdom

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