Application Procedure

Initial Interest

Potential students should initially register an interest either by joining the postgraduate mailing list here or by contacting ThinkSpace Education directly.

Have a good look at the program details and make sure you meet all the academic, personal, financial and technical requirements. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of questions so please get in touch and we can discuss whether the course is right for you. We are happy to listen to you music and give you informal opinions as to whether you are working at the right level for entry to our postgraduate programs.

Remember however that this is only an informal guide and no guarantee of entry.


Application

When you are sure you are ready to apply for the program, go to the course page and click the “apply now” button. This will take you to our store, where you can pay the non-returnable application fee of £50 / €70 / $80.

Once your payment has been processed you will be issued with a login to our online campus. The application pack will be added to the “My Courses” page.

We will need your personal details, along with information regarding your academic, musical and technical background. If you are offered a place, we will require copies of a number of documents including those confirming your academic history, identity and language ability where English is not your first language.

You will also be required to send us 10 – 15 minutes of music.


What to Submit

In addition to the required paperwork, you will need to submit the following:

  • Professional Media Composition

    • 10 – 15 minutes of music submitted as MP3s
    • Minimum of three different pieces including at least one tonal orchestral composition
    • At least one orchestral score of two minutes in length in PDF format.
    • Covering letter
  • MA Professional Media Composition

    • 10 – 15 minutes of music submitted as MP3s
    • Minimum of three different pieces
    • Covering letter
  • MA Orchestration for Film Games & Television

    • 10 – 15 minutes of music submitted as MP3s
    • Minimum of three different pieces including at least one tonal orchestral composition
    • At least one orchestral score of two minutes in length in PDF format.
    • Covering letter

Audio files exported directly from a score editor like Sibelius or Finale will not be sufficient.

We are looking for music that demonstrates your ability to write competent music in a variety of styles and produce a reasonable quality sampled mock-up using a Digital Audio Workstation (Logic, Cubase etc.).

Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of a solid base on which to build, both musically and technically, and the potential to develop as a media composer.

If you do not possess any formal musical qualifications you will be required to take a music theory test.

The music must be all your own work.

Where you have used construction kits, loops, or any other pre-recorded audio that is not your own work you will need to make that clear. You do not need to tell us if you have used drum or percussion loops but anything else needs to be declared in the covering letter.

Your covering letter is particularly important, especially for those without a first degree (RPL). Your letter should include:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Why you feel this course is suitable for you.
  • Further details of your relevant prior experience.
  • The technical resources at your disposal, your DAW, your main sound libraries so we can take this into account.
  • You can include any other information you feel may be relevant when we listen to your music.

Follow the instructions on the application page to upload your completed application and supporting materials.


What to Submit

A: Our professional postgraduate courses evolved from our premium courses and they both draw on some of the same text and source materials, however the MA’s are much deeper and broader courses.

The MA includes a lot of exclusive material, interviews, tutorials and projects that aren’t available anywhere else. We cover a wide range of subjects like composing in styles and music editing that form the core of our in house professional development program for our assistants. Research and critical development modules give a much greater depth of insight into the process, whilst teaching a range of fully transferable skills.

The biggest difference is the depth and amount of tuition, the interaction with tutors and staff, the tutorials, workshops, webinars and much more. It’s the intensive process, the amount of work both you and the tutors will invest is substantial and the rewards equally great. You can get great results from our premium courses but with our postgraduate degrees we provide you with the tools to not only compete, but stand out in a competitive industry.

A: We have two intakes of Postgraduate students per year: September and January. Applications for the September intake close on the first Monday in August. Applications for the January intake close on the third Monday in November.
A: You should only apply for the course if you are sure you can afford both the time and the money to complete it. If you find you can’t keep up we can move you onto a slower schedule, subject to availability. We can only do this at the end of a semester (Sept, Jan, May). You have up to 7 years to complete your course and you can apply for intermission and take a break from your studies. This is subject to certain terms and conditions and we refer you to the University of Chichester website for further details.
A: Unlike many other schools, you retain all the copyright in the music you write on this course. You are free to use it in any way whatsoever to promote your work or your career. The video material we provide you to work with as part of the course however, remains the copyright of the film and programme makers who made it. While we are happy for you to share your work as a video privately with potential clients, you are not allowed to post video material on publicly accessible places like YouTube, or public sections of your website. In most industry sectors, clients prefer to hear audio reels rather than video reels.
A: Online has huge advantages, not only in terms of the quality and relevance of your education, but also financially.

-You can keep working. No relocating. No leaving friends and family.
-Experience a realistic model of the working life of a freelance composer or orchestrator.
-Schedule study to fit in with your life. Not having to relocate represents a substantial financial saving compared with traditional residential courses. Add to that our competitive fee structure and this is both world-class education and unbeatable value.

Working from home with your own gear in your own studio creates a perfect model of what life will be like as a professional working composer.

Day-to-day distractions at home can be difficult, but those are the same challenges you will face as a working composer and that’s something any residential course will struggle to prepare you for.

A: If you don’t have a first degree, then other experience can be taken into account. This includes work-based experience of making music, professional development courses like Music for the Media and Cinematic Orchestration, diplomas and foundation courses. Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL as it’s commonly referred to as, is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also depends on how many other students in the cohort are using this route, as there is a maximum percentage of students we can take through this process. In short, it is a tougher route, but not impossible by any means.
A: This shouldn’t stop you from applying. We have had many mature students through our virtual doors over the years, many of which have gone on to have successful new careers. Please get in touch if you have any concerns at all.

Contact Us

My name is Bradley and I’m the student support manager here at ThinkSpace. If you have any questions that you’d like answering, please don’t hesitate to fill in the contact form below, or email me at bradley@thinkspaceeducation.com.

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