Online Master's Degrees
For Composers, Orchestrators and Sound Designers

Studying for a master’s degree in film scoring or game sound design gives you a unique opportunity to fulfil your potential. Our programmes have helped dozens of composers, orchestrators and sound designers into new careers.

ThinkSpace is uniquely located in the working, professional world. Our teaching staff share their time between mentoring our students and composing music for major film, games and TV projects, or working as sound designers or audio directors in the games industry. Add to that a cutting edge online learning experience, a warm and supportive student community and you are starting to understand why ThinkSpace students are so successful.

    • Study Online, no need to relocate, no need to give up the day job, work around family commitments while fulfilling your career potential.
    • World-class faculty, all working professional practitioners, many award-winning, and working right now at the highest level of the industry.
    • Join a Supportive Global Community of almost 200 students and graduates from over 80 countries. Friendships, collaborations, networking all starts with the contacts you make during your course.
    • Lifelong every course access – enrol in one degree programme and have access to the course materials on all our other programmes, forever.
    • Globally Recognised UK degree – from our partners at the University of Chichester. Our degrees have the same standing as any other UK master’s degree.
    • 98.3% Graduation Rate – that’s higher than any other online higher education provider and the same as the University of Cambridge.
    • 80% of Graduates Find Work in their Chosen Field – according to the 2019 graduate employment survey.
    • QAA Commended during our Higher Education Review 2018.
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Student Stories

According to our 2019 Graduate Employment Survey and an amazing 80% of our graduates have found work in their chosen field. This is a fantastic achievement so congratulations to them all!

Our recent students have gone on to work at Mojang, Creative Assembly, Frontier, Dam Busters and many more. Our graduates have worked on the score for Spiderman PS4 and scored the latest Battlefield 1 Apocalypse trailer.

Combined with our 98.3% graduation rate, that means apply to ThinkSpace Eduation gives a really solid basis for anyone hoping to start a career in film composing, orchestration, game music or audio.

Master's Degrees (MA)

Our film scoring school has been the springboard that has helped launch countless careers, many at the very top of the film and television music profession. We are uniquely connected to the world of work. Not just fellow practitioners but also real-world clients, directors and producers who tell our students what they are looking for.

12 month full time with a range of part time schedules available:

Professional Media Composition

Orchestration for Film Games and Television*

Sound Design for Video Games

Composition for Video Games

Master Of Fine Art Degree (MFA)
Our MFA programme is the ultimate professional development course for composers and sound designers. It is in effect a double master’s covering the same material as two of our MA programmes. These combinations extend your range of skills and therefore the opportunities that are open to you.

MFA programmes last 2 years full-time with a range of part time schedules available.

There are four pathways to choose from:

Media Composition and Orchestration*

Video Game Composition and Orchestration*

Video Game and Media Composition

Video Game Music and Audio
*Includes a live orchestral session with a 50 piece orchestra

A Student’s Story: Andrea Possee

Andrea is a composer and orchestrator from London. She joined the first intake of our Orchestration master’s course and graduated earlier this year.

Follow her through her adventure culminating in her live session at Warner Bros in Los Angeles. Andrea is now hard at work on a wide range of projects including a feature film, TV and library work.

If you are considering a ThinkSpace master’s degree and want to speak directly with one of our current or past students in a similar position as you, then drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch.

Faculty

Sherri Chung

Sherri Chung is a composer for film and television and currently composes and conducts the scores for “Blindspot” (NBC) and “Riverdale” (CW).

Her compositional work includes both songs and scores for TV, films, documentaries, commercials, musicals and music libraries.
One of her recent films, “The Other Side of Home” was shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars for Best Short Documentary.

A long time collaborator with composer Blake Neely, they have worked together on a number of scores, including those for CW’s “Arrow”, “The Flash”, “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”.

Sherri studied Music Composition and Theory at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, and attended USC’s Scoring For Motion Picture and Television Graduate Program in Los Angeles, CA. Sherri has also attended the Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program as well as ASCAP’s Scoring Workshop. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, she began working as an orchestrator for “Family Guy” and “American Dad”, with composer Walter Murphy.

Milton Nelson

Milton Nelson is a composer, orchestrator, arranger and pianist. He is based in the Los Angeles area and is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. A few of Milton’s credits include Arrangement and Orchestration for the 2016 Tony Awards Opening Production number, Supervising Orchestration includes Disney’s The Dreaming Man, The Game Plan and You Again, DreamWorks’ She’s the Man, Showtime’s Reefer Madness the Musical, Jackie Chan’s The Myth, Chinese Zodiac, Kung Fu Yoga and Lifetime’s Christmas With Holly. Additional film orchestration includes My Dog Skip, Haunting in Connecticut and Return to Nim’s Island.

As a composer of additional music, Milton’s work includes Pokémon, Scooby Doo, Green Lantern and Scrubs. On nationally syndicated television shows, Milton was the house band keyboardist and arranger for the Martin Short Show. The Wayne Brady Show was his home for three seasons as arranger. He recently orchestrated for the LA Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. Board Member with ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers), Milton shares his knowledge as an instructor/tutor for international ThinkSpace Education online courses in film orchestration and composition.

Charles Fernandez

Charles Fernandez is an Emmy and Annie Nominated composer, as well as an orchestrator, bassoonist, educator and conductor, who has been working in Los Angeles since 1983.

He has composed for television series’ such as Disney’s Little Mermaid, Disney’s Aladdin, Universal’s Casper Cartoon Series (for which he 
received two Emmy and one Annie Nomination), Disney’s Doug, 
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, DreamWorks’ Toonsylvania, Disney’s Bonkers
 and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.

Among films he’s written for are Doug’s 1st Movie, Aladdin III, The Pebble and the Penguin, All Dog’s Go To Heaven II, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, All Dogs Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland, Tom Sawyer, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, The New Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, Jingle Bells and The Tangerine Bear.

Bill Boston

William Boston has enjoyed a nearly thirty-year career as a media composer, arranger, film music orchestrator and, in recent years, music educator. Orchestration credits include: Star Trek: Enterprise, I, Robot, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and many others.

Additionally, he has written a number of works for concert performance including pieces for various small chamber ensembles, chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, concert band and percussion solo. Bill was a 1994 recipient of the BMI Pete Carpenter Memorial Fellowship, which included a seven-week internship with television music composer Mike Post.

Bill was a 1994 recipient of the BMI Pete Carpenter Memorial Fellowship, which included a seven-week internship with television music composer Mike Post.

Mark Angus: Professional Sound Designer & Head Video Game Tutor

Award winning sound designer Mark Angus has worked on a huge variety of projects, from Alien Isolation where his team won a BAFTA, Silent Hill and DC’s Injustice 2.

Mark discusses his role as ThinkSpace Education head Video Game tutor, the professional expertise of ThinkSpace Education’s tutors, what you will learn on our video game postgraduate degrees as well as how studying online with ThinkSpace Education works.