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Professional Doctorate in Composition of Music for Film and Television MA

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Course Description

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, within and beyond the University, for projects in film, animation, documentary and more.

In the first semester, you will study Professional Techniques, an introduction to working and recording in studios, and Media Composition, 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 work. 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.

Programme structure

Core units
-Media Composition
-Professional Techniques
-Critical Analysis of Media Music
-Film Scoring

Optional units
Optional units can vary each year. You will be able to choose two units from a wide spectrum that address further compositional skills - such as orchestration, sound design or pastiche composition - research skills for musicians, writing and directing for film and television, and how film and television programmes work.

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.


Students who completed the MA programme in Composition of Music for Film and Television have taken up careers as music composers, recording managers and compositing supervisors within animation studios.

Visit the Composition of Music for Film and Television MA page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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Rodrigo Flores

5253.jpg My experience at Bristol is something that will stay with me forever. Being a film composer I even named all the compositions I finished during my program at the University "The Bristol Experience". And listening to them sometimes feels like playing a movie in my mind where I can see it all happening again. I used to live at Hodgkin House and had tons of international friends there. I also had great British and International friends at the Music and Film departments.

I remember the Head of the Music Department telling me when I arrived that I was probably the first Mexican in the history of the Music Department at Bristol. It made me really proud. The city was great, the atmosphere was so inspiring. My classmates and housemates became friends with whom I keep in touch and I hope to see again several times in the future.

I guess part of that international experience at Bristol made me understand people a lot better, as well as cultures and try to do the same with myself and my culture. It's funny though, after living abroad for some time as a student (I have already done that for about five years) you also become part of the international group, in which one can really cross all borders and know that everyone anywhere can be incredibly special. I wish we could somehow make our own people feel that in our own countries, not only in terms of culture, but respect against discrimination and appreciation of all different values.

Saying good-bye to my time in Bristol was really hard and sometimes I think no matter where I go there will always be a part of me in different places, for certainly experiences like "The Bristol Experience" gave me a world that will always somehow be part of me.

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Entry Requirements

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.

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