MA Composition of Music for Film and TelevisionFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2019|
This programme provides professional training in composition for screen media. Taught by staff and guest composers from the professional world, you will develop a strong technological foundation in the subject, along with specialist understanding of television and screen scoring.
The MA is taught within our high-specification composition and recording studios, which have full-time technical support. Students are actively encouraged to build opportunities and networks, both within and beyond the University, for projects in film, animation, documentary and more.
In the first semester, you will study units introducing you to working and recording in studios, and focusing on TV and documentary work. You will also take one elective unit. In the second semester, the programme moves on to critical analysis of media music and film scoring, with an emphasis on longer-term projects for film and TV. This work feeds into original collaborations that you may choose to include in your final portfolio.
The vibrant musical life of the Department of Music provides opportunities for student and professional performance, and we are located at the heart of one of the UK’s leading cities for broadcast, commercial and creative screen media.
Fees for 2019/20
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2019/20
Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
There are four core units and you will be able to choose two optional units from a wide selection that address further compositional skills, research skills for musicians, writing and directing for film and television, and how film and television programmes work. You will also complete a media composition portfolio/dissertation:
- either a substantial portfolio of original music for new collaborative films and/or extracts (music totalling 15-25 minutes);
- or music to one new collaborative film of 10-12 minutes and a critical dissertation of 10,000 words on an agreed film or topic.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in music, plus experience as a composer, demonstrated by a portfolio of your music. For further information on the required portfolio please see the Department of Music website. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Students who completed the MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television have taken up careers as music composers, recording managers and compositing supervisors within animation studios.
1 August 2019. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
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REF 2014 results
- Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (Music):
- 35% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 39% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 26% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.