MA Professional Media Composition

Full Time - 12 Months (30 hours/week)
Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)
Part Time - 36 Months (8 hours/week)

Professional Media Composition is for composers who want to earn a living writing music for media. It delivers the creative, technical and business skills to help you succeed. Taught exclusively by working professionals, the course draws its knowledge directly from the industry so students can be sure they are learning exactly what it takes to make a living in the current market.

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Course Details

Through studying the creative aspects of composition, the software skills, and the specifics of the music business, you will be fully prepared to start, or further, your career as a working composer.

On this course, you will learn:

  • How to write in a wide variety of styles using different compositional techniques.
  • To produce professional quality mock-ups and demos.
  • To develop a voice of your own so you can stand out from the crowd.
  • The importance of market research, what producers and directors are buying right now, and how to deliver market-focused music.
  • The technical aspects of writing to picture, spotting a film, and working with hit points and markers.
  • Music editing, an important skill for composers both in terms of boosting productivity and also for opening new avenues of work.
  • The research and critical thinking skills to help you put media music in context.

I chose ThinkSpace because the tutors on the course all work in the industry themselves.
I feel the skills that I'm learning as a composer are right up there... The 21st century skills that any media composer needs to have.

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 eight modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different area of media composition, 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 - 12 Months (30 hours/week)

Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)

Part Time - 36 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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Before applying for one of our courses, we highly recommend getting in contact first. It is useful for us to hear your current musical abilities, and this also allows you to ask any questions you may have about studying with us. Please get in contact at

To find out more about the application process, visit the Applications 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).