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Music Composition for Film & Media - full-time FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons)

Course Code: HE0049-1c Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 2/3 Years

This course is subject to validation for start in September 2020. This course is not available for September 2019 entry.

If you're interested in becoming a music composer for film, media, games or advertising, this course will help you build the composition, production and business skills needed to establish your career, like many of our alumni.

This can be the first stage of your career as a media composer for a wide range of professional commissions. You will learn how to compose and arrange using the latest technology and techniques, but with reference to international and historical repertoires. You will study music composition and arrangement, music production, and the business skills required to establish yourself in the current music and media environment. Beyond the technical training, you will learn how to understand and support the narrative of the media application you are working with.

  • Extensive music industry connections with numerous opportunities for internships and actual work experience
  • Our unparalleled multi-studio facilities and resources will provide you with a real-world training experience and an excellent education in the world of music for film and media
  • Optional third year to gain the BA (Hons) degree

Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Music Grade 5 or equivalent is an advantage.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Years 1 & 2 (Foundation Degree)

Unit 1: European Classical Traditions

Unit 2: Introduction to Media Composition

Unit 3: Folk Music of the World

Unit 4: Western Popular Music

Unit 5: Eastern Art Music

Unit 6: Imagery and Narrative Applications

Unit 7: Advanced Harmony and Arranging

Unit 8: 20th Century Western Art Music


Optional third year

On completion of the two-year Foundation Degree, students can progress to the BA top-up year - more info

Our music department is well known to the music and media industries, and we run weekly sessions with industry practitioners from all areas of industry, while tutors themselves continue to compose, perform and produce professionally. The MET has been a prestigious provider of trained music producers and media composers since 1997. All students will have the opportunity to undertake significant work experience, which will provide invaluable links with a growing range of studios, producers, advertising agencies, games and other creatives. 

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the optional third year BA (Hons) top up course, or enter employment.

Examples of successful alumni:

Alex Ball now Head of Music at advertising agency MC Saatchi. Commissions and composes music as part of his work.

Sian Elizabeth Selway is now a composer of film scores currently completing her fourth feature "Weapon".

Our alumni go into an impressive range of Music for Film & Media related careers, including film composers (one of whom won a BAFTA in 2016), composers of music for advertising, sound design for games or installation, music libraries. You may move on to or include teaching as part of a portfolio career including performance and production.  

Additional course costs

You may wish to buy your own Apple laptop with Logic software to work at home, but this is not mandatory and there are always ample facilities at the MET to work on all your projects.

  • alumni Views Nathan Bowden FdA/BA Music Composition for Film & Media

    “The lecturers and fellow students never failed to inspire me with their passion and knowledge of the music industry. After graduating, I was employed to work on the Guitar Hero franchise, transcribing, interpreting and ultimately providing (downloadable) drum tracks/levels.”

  • alumni Views Alex Ball FdA/BA Music Composition for Film & Media

    “I’ve composed/produced and licenced music for adverts, TV programmes and short films, including for Hyundai, Lucozade, Daily Mail, PC World and NatWest. The course was essential and gave me a solid grounding in all the necessary composition, production and business skills required in the industry.”

  • alumni Views Claire Batchelor FdA/BA Music Composition for Film & Media

    “The composition course didn't just teach me composing techniques, it also taught me about the business side of the industry. Undoubtedly, I would not now be a full-time, freelance composer without it. I have scored and arranged adverts and documentaries and am now working with a full orchestra.”

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