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Music for the Moving Image
Postgraduate course
Advanced Professional Diploma in

Music for the Moving Image

Overview

Compose music for high-quality films and develop a fantastic showreel by working alongside professional filmmakers and musicians.

Scoring for film is a very subtle and important way of enhancing the quality of any film. Music supports a film's narrative in ways that can move people to tears or make them shiver with fear. This is your opportunity to embrace your creativity and learn the technology and art behind composing music for the moving image.

You will produce music for the moving image using sampling technology to develop virtual orchestral scores, as well as learning about the historical, musical and stylistic developments of film music. We also teach you thematic writing skills, orchestration and arrangement techniques.

We are experts in in teaching film and music, and graduates from our University are testimony to this - some of our former students have gone on to win BRIT awards, BAFTAs and Academy Awards.

This short course is a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced music and film professionals in our industry-standard music studios. We are dedicated to providing you with hands-on, practical experience so you can produce your own work, developing your knowledge of how music composition works to inform narrative structure.

You might have just finished your degree or be working in the industry looking to acquire new skills for your professional development. Taught over four weekends - Saturday to Monday - we have designed this course so it fits easily into your lifestyle, requiring minimum time off work.

You will have access to a suite of professional music studios, including recording rooms, audio booths, instruments, portable audio recorders, lab with soundcard and mixer, and computer workstations with Sibelius software and music analysis tools.

You will be able to take advantage of an impressive range of facilities at our Northern Film School, including production studios, edit suites, production offices, and film and script archive.

We also offer exciting short study opportunities in film, music and performing arts, taught during Easter and Summer. These creative workshops, ranging from two days to a week, are a great way to build your expertise for professional use, embrace a subject you are passionate about, or develop your skills before applying for one of our postgraduate qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

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All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Graham Albans

Careers

Graham Albans
Assistant Producer BBC Radio 2

BA (Hons) Music Production

“The skills and understanding I gained helped me to achieve big things. I never thought I'd work at Radio 2, but I'm now proud to be part of the BBC thanks to the support and encouragement I received at University.

Modules & learning

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Develop your skills to address the challenges of producing music for the moving image.

Learn analysis techniques to enhance your understanding of historical, musical, stylistic and functional developments in film music.

Dr Robert Davis
Dr Robert Davis
Senior Lecturer
Robert is Senior Lecturer in Music. His PhD is in the field of popular musicology and his research work is in the area of music and emotion. He is secretary of NIMiMS, a network of musicologists interested in thinking about music and sound, and he is also active as a composer and as a performer.
One of the interesting things about film music is not only that it works as a composition and as a part of the film narrative, but it causes people to react emotionally.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Sound recording studios
    Sound recording studios

    You will have access to 10 recording studios complete with control rooms, live areas, instruments, amps, mixing facilities and editing suites.

  • Sound recording & editing facilities
    Sound recording & editing facilities

    You'll have access to a suite of professional music studios, including film composition and audio post production rooms, instruments, together with portable field recording equipment and extensive computer workstation facilities.

  • Film composition labs
    Film composition labs

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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