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MFA Media Composition and Orchestration

ThinkSpace Education
Program overview
24-48 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
14,250 EUR
September 2022

14,250 EUR
September 2023

14,250 EUR
September 2024

Program description

MFA Media Composition & Orchestration

Media Composition & Orchestration is for composers looking for a comprehensive preparation for a career scoring film, TV and games. You will learn to work in almost every sector of the media using a range of compositional techniques from live orchestral scoring to sound design and hybrid compositional techniques. Your course includes a live orchestral session with a professional film orchestra.

During this comprehensive Master of Fine Arts degree course, you will cover the skills taught in both our Orchestration for Films, Games & Television and Professional Media Composition degree courses.

Admission requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in any subject. There is no entry by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for our MFA courses. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, you might be eligible to join one of our MA programmes instead.

We expect you to have a good, solid knowledge of one computer based DAW like Logic, Cubase, ProTools, Ableton or Reaper. You should be able to complete tasks quickly and to a deadline within these softwares and be comfortable doing new tasks inside them. Your demos should be of good quality and we are happy to listen to your work and give you an opinion on this before you apply. A high-level audio production standard is what we are looking for. You don’t need to be creating sound effects already, but should have demonstrable experiences with audio, whether through music, radio/podcasting, live audio or other audio production activities.

You should be comfortable learning new software and troubleshooting problems. Becoming a Sound Designer is as much being a developer as it is about creating assets.

We assume that most musicians who use a DAW will have the skills required to record and process sound effects too, but a good understanding of the basic skills required to record and edit digital audio is important.

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 twelve modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different area of media composition and orchestration, while at the same time developing specific compositional, technical and business skills.

Students will complete these core modules:

  • Writing in Styles

  • Writing to a Brief 1

  • Writing to Picture

  • Research and Critical Reflection

  • Elective 1

  • Scoring Drama

  • Elective 2

  • Session Preparation

  • Writing for Strings and Woodwind

  • Writing for Brass, Harp and Percussion

  • Scoring for Full Orchestra

  • Orchestration in Practice

  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For each of the two Elective modules, students will choose 1 from:

  • Music Editing
  • Advanced Sibelius
  • Cinematic Sound Design
  • Pro Tools
  • Sampling Technology
  • Work and Money
  • Composing: Telling Stories

Scholarships & funding

Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery


We offer 3 different schedules, and students are able to pick which suits them best.

  • Full Time - 24 Months (30 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 36 Months (15 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 48 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: £14,250

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

Gaining an understanding of orchestration and live instruments is crucial in composing realistic sounding sampled mock ups. This course combines both skills, as well as delivering the market-focused material you need to start, or further, your career in composing for media.

On this course, you will learn:

  • To write in a wide variety of styles, using different compositional techniques.
  • How to produce professional quality sampled mock-ups and high-quality demos.
  • To explore many different areas of the media, each of which has specific requirements and expectations.
  • About each section of the orchestra, led by some of the world top film session players.
  • What the market expects, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The business skills needed to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.

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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.

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ThinkSpace Education 119 Third Avenue
PO207LB Chichester West Sussex
United Kingdom

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