MFA Media Composition & Orchestration

Full Time - 24 Months (30 hours/week)
Part Time - 36 Months (15 hours/week)
Part Time - 48 Months (8 hours/week)

Media Composition & Orchestration is for composers looking for a comprehensive preparation for a career scoring film, TV and games. You will learn to work in almost every sector of the media using a range of compositional techniques from live orchestral scoring to sound design and hybrid compositional techniques. Your course includes a live orchestral session with a professional film orchestra.

During this comprehensive Master of Fine Arts degree course, you will cover the skills taught in both our Orchestration for Films, Games & Television and Professional Media Composition degree courses.

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Course Details

Gaining an understanding of orchestration and live instruments is crucial in composing realistic sounding sampled mock ups. This course combines both skills, as well as delivering the market-focused material you need to start, or further, your career in composing for media.

On this course, you will learn:

  • To write in a wide variety of styles, using different compositional techniques.
  • How to produce professional quality sampled mock-ups and high-quality demos.
  • To explore many different areas of the media, each of which has specific requirements and expectations.
  • About each section of the orchestra, led by some of the world’s top film session players.
  • What the market expects, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The business skills needed to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.

I chose ThinkSpace because of the people; I did my research on the lecturers and they are all amazing.
If you're thinking about taking a course with ThinkSpace I would highly recommend it - it has changed my life.

Teaching Staff

Our tutors are all current working professionals, many involved at the highest level in the business.

The tutors who will be giving you individual feedback, either in writing or at the student workshops, have composing and orchestration credits including:

  • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
  • Iron Man Armoured Adventures
  • Die Hard 4
  • Angry Birds
  • Pokémon Movies
  • Robot Chicken
  • Batman: Arkham Origins and hundreds more.

They’ve worked for every major film and game studio and networks and production companies including Disney, Dreamworks, Marvel, Universal, Warner Bros, Sky, BBC, ITV, NBC, ABC and many others.

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Guy Michelmore

Composition / Orchestration

Stephanie Taylor


George Oldziey

Composition / Orchestration

Bill Boston


Erik Desiderio

Composition / Games

Allison Piccioni


Douglas Black Heaton


Fletcher Beasley

Composition / Games

David Denyer

Composition / Orchestration

Student Stories

Our students are working in every corner of the industry from features films and television, to video games and trailers. Setting out on their careers as composers, orchestrators and sound designers, they continue to receive active support finding and pitching for work in the months and years after graduation.

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.
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Course Structure

Your course falls into twelve modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different area of media composition and orchestration, while at the same time developing specific compositional, technical and business skills.


We offer 3 different schedules, and students are able to pick which suits them best.

Full Time - 24 Months (30 hours/week)

Part Time - 36 Months (15 hours/week)

Part Time - 48 Months (8 hours/week)

These are estimates of the time a student will spend on each schedule. It will vary from student to student, depending on your rate of work. This includes live workshops, one-to-one tutorials, reading and watching the course materials, and time spent on assignment projects.

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Total course price:
UK and International students pay the same. Exact price is subject to exchange rate fluctuation for those paying in other currencies.

We offer interest-free payment plans from £218.06 per month, where you can spread the cost of your course across the duration of your studies. The payment plan you are on depends on the schedule you are on.

Students will be required to pay a deposit on enrolling. For more information on this, visit the Student Finance page.

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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).