Who Are We?
ThinkSpace Education is run by working creative professionals who divide their time between working at the top end of the industry and passing on those skills to other composers and game audio professionals. Our daily involvement at the sharp end of the business gives all our tutors a unique insight into what’s happening right now, insights that give our students an edge over the competition.
In 2015 we went into partnership with the University of Chichester to launch our master’s degrees, the first online postgraduate program in the world in film, games and TV scoring and orchestration. In 2016 we further expanded to include both scoring for games and sound design and game audio.
We are based near the South Coast in the UK but our tutors are drawn from all over the world with many living and working in Los Angeles, California.
Current and prospective students are welcome to visit us at our studios any time by prior arrangement.
What Makes Us Different?
We are the only higher education institution in the world offering online postgraduate degrees in film, game and TV scoring, orchestration and sound design.
Degree students have full access to all other course materials on every ThinkSpace course including all the premium and short courses and all the other degree courses. No other institution does this. For example, choose the orchestration course, and you can access all the game audio course materials, lectures and project material. So choose the degree you feel most comfortable with and enjoy a unique range of learning opportunities throughout your course.
All the tutorial staff are working professional practitioners, many at the highest possible level.
You will receive feedback from up to 20 working professionals throughout your course so you’re not just learning to please one tutor. You can be sure the feedback is firmly rooted in the real working world. To ensure continuity, you will also be supported throughout your course by a personal tutor.
Face-to-Face contact is very important for many students and you are welcome to visit our studios any time by prior arrangement. We regularly hold live seminars and induction events where you can meet your mentors and fellow students in person. This combination of online-learning with face-to-face opportunities is extremely effective.
After Care; You never stop being a ThinkSpace student even after you have graduated. We continue to support you and help you find work and develop your career. Our career development workshops are open to all students past and present.
Your degree is awarded by the University of Chichester.
Located in the South of England, the university has one of the largest music departments in the UK. It is extremely well connected with the film and games industries. A University of Chichester Master’s degree is fully accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency in the UK and recognised worldwide, including the United States, in exactly the same way as any other UK university degree. ThinkSpace Education has to go through a rigorous quality assurance process and is subject to annual monitoring and external invigilation.
How it Works
ThinkSpace courses are delivered online using a combination of multimedia course materials, one-to-one tutorials, online group workshops and live lectures and demonstrations. While you have regular contact with your own course tutor, your project work will also be evaluated by a wide range of other working professionals from all over the world.
Our campus is the place where students meet, learn, access their course materials and talk to tutors and friends. The only difference is that our campus is online.
You log into your account, click on your course and access all the course materials. It’s organised in an easy to navigate format where all the videos, course text and downloads are in the same place.
Your calendar tells you what’s going on, your assignment deadlines and when you need to come along to a student workshop or live demonstration.
Every week there are one-to-one tutorials available
Assignments and Projects
Your project material is probably the most important part of your course. In the assignment section you can choose the project that most appeals to you, look at the brief and download the project materials. They are mostly drawn straight from real-world professional projects.
Once you have finished your work, you upload your files through the assignment area again.
Now your assignment is despatched to one of our tutors. He or she will be a working professional and they could be anywhere in the world. They look at your work and give you their feedback, either as text or an mp3 recording, and a grade which they send back to you through the portal. Feedback may also be given in our student workshops or the one to one sessions.
Each module normally contains a mixture of two formative and one summative assignment. Formative projects are to help you develop and improve and are great places to take risks as the grades don’t count towards your final award. The grade from your summative project contributes to your final degree.
Normally a project involves writing or orchestrating between 2-5 minutes of music or 5 minutes of sound design.
Full-time students complete one project every 2 weeks
Part-time 2 year (MA) or 3 year (MFA) students complete one project every 4 weeks
Part-time 3 year (MA) or 4 year (MFA) students complete one project every 8 weeks
Times & Schedules
With three tracks and two start dates a year, we offer a uniquely flexible course schedule. We understand you have life and work commitments and do our best to help you work your course around them. That said, an important skill you need to learn as a freelance professional is time management and hitting deadlines so we try to strike a balance.
The Full-time track requires around 30 hours a week and works best for people with part time work or family commitments.
Part-Time 2 years (MA) or 3 years (MFA) requires around 15 hours a week and many students find this the best option. It allows a substantial amount of time for other paid work while at the same time maintaining momentum through the course.
Part-time 3 years (MA) or 4 years (MFA) is our slowest track and only requires around 7 hours a week. For busy people with a full time job this is the least demanding route through the course.
There are opportunities to change track at the end of each semester so if the full-time track turns out to be too much, you can switch to a slower schedule at certain points in the course.
It is possible to pause your course at the end of semester and return later by taking intermission. This is subject to certain terms and conditions.
If you have any questions or concerns about how the schedule and deadlines work then speak to Tim Johnson the course manager and he can talk you through it.
With roughly 50 students each year there is a large and growing community of students, many with exactly the same interests and facing the same challenges as you. There is a very active facebook group, a student representative and a student forum. Students frequently come together at our live orchestral sessions and seminars both to learn and meet up with fellow students. There is a strong self-help ethos amongst the students, many of whom are already well established practitioners with very high level technical and creative skills which they are only to willing to share.
We have several students with EMMY awards or nominations and several with doctorates as well as others who are straight out of college and just starting on their career.
Help and support is only ever an email or a phone call away. We have a support ticket system to ensure that every call for help is logged and responded to as quickly as possible and we ask all students to submit support tickets to make sure their request doesn’t get overlooked. But all students are welcome to phone, skype, facetime or email and our dedicated students support team will do their best to help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.