Each of our courses are designed to prepare you for a variety of career paths, and all require different skills. Please read through all the information below carefully and if you have any questions. or would like to discuss which course may suit you best, feel free to ask.
Have a look at the program details and make sure you meet all the academic, personal, financial and technical requirements. I am sure you will 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 your portfolio and give you an informal opinion as to whether you are working at the right level for entry to our postgraduate programs.
Please note that this is only an informal guide, and does not guarantee entry.
If you realise that your technical resources are not up to the job, but plan to upgrade, then that is perfectly acceptable. Many students will need funding before they can make a major purchase. They might want to wait to qualify for an educational discount before purchasing costly software. While we give them advice, ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have sufficient technical resources to complete the course.
With our orchestration courses, we are looking for evidence of a high level of music theory. On all the other courses, this is not as important. A great sound designer or electronic musician with very little music theory could do equally well in the profession and so we would welcome them onto our other media courses or our Songwriting/Production courses.
For more information on how we access this, look at the Personal Statements (or Application Tasks) for these courses.
All Postgraduate Degrees
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process for recognising learning that has come from previous formal, non-formal, and informal learning. This could include knowledge gained within school, college, and university.
The Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) takes into account real-world experiences, such as work experience, professional projects, or even through a hobby. RPEL applicants must provide evidence of professional practice and experience. Further to this we would like to know how you have learned from those professional experiences and how it helped to inform future practice.
It is also worth noting that we can only take a certain percentage of RPL applicants, so competition is extremely high. Unfortunately, we have had to turn away many perfectly capable musicians for this reason. It is still an option we encourage and is well worth pursuing if you feel that you can demonstrate the above.
English Language Test (IELTS)
There are several English language tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, and CAE. We require you to have an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or higher to participate in the programme, with no element less than a score of 6. This equates to a TOEFL score of 79 and a CAE score of 176.
The test must be taken before your course start date. Applications may be accepted provisionally pending test results.
If you have completed your undergraduate degree, or any other postgraduate degree that was taught in English, you will not need to take an English Language test regardless of whether English is your first language or not.
That’s how most of our future students start: an informal conversation about where you are and where you want to be. No pressure, just getting to know you and how we might be able to help.
Get in touch with Tim Johnson the course manager (and film composer).
ThinkSpace Education’s terms and conditions and relevant policies can be found here.
You may also have been invited to have a video chat with one of the team who would review some of your work and talk about your goals and how we can help you to achieve them.
- Your portfolio (where applicable)
- Your covering letter
- Application Tasks
- Supporting evidence and academic documents
Once this is done, you will need to fill in the official application form. This provides us with all the essential information about you and your application, including financial and personal information. It is important that this is completed in full before we can assess your application. Make sure you have read all the relevant terms and conditions before making your application. The application form can be found in the 'Degree Application and Taster Week' course you receive after paying the application fee. In this course you will also find the Bursary Application Form, if you would like to submit a request for additional financial aid. Read below for more information.
You don’t need all the certificates and English Language Test to start your application. These can follow later if necessary and we can make a conditional offer without them. As a minimum however, we need the application form, covering letter and your portfolio to be able to consider your application.
There are several possible outcomes:
- We offer you a place on your chosen course
- We are not able to offer you a place
- We require further information before we can make a decision
- We recommend a different course from the one you have chosen
You can find more information here:
The music/sound design in you portfolio must be all your own work.
Where you have used construction kits, loops, SFX libraries 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.
Sound design applicants are permitted to use sound libraries in their submissions, however it would be useful to make it clear to us what sounds are from library and what was originally recorded by you.
Your covering letter is particularly important, especially for those without an undergraduate 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.