Ravensbourne

BA (Hons) Music for Media

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Music for Media is the composition and arrangement of music for television, game, film and screen. This course is for musicians who recognise and embrace the need to bring music to varied platforms across digital media.

This course is aimed at musicians and composers who wish to apply their skills to arranging, composing and producing. Modern musicians must be able to manage their business and skills in an ever-changing industry. Collaboration is at the heart of this course and we encourage our students to undertake briefs with other students and realise projects as part of a team. The course aims to develop you as a composer both technically and professionally. You will learn through tutorials and masterclasses with staff who have strong professional backgrounds in composition.

Musicians with a specialism in composing and arranging most often work in music composition for film, television and the video games industry.

Course details

Type
Undergraduate

UCAS Code
WP34

Duration
3 years full time

Fees
See below

Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

In addition, applicants will normally be expected to have passed Grade 5 GCSE Music or equivalent and possess basic keyboard skills.

Tuition fee information

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk

Careers

  • Film and TV music composition
  • Music production for videogames and interactive media
  • Recording studio engineers
  • Music composition and production for live performance and theatre
  • Music arrangers
  • Performing musicians
  • Musical rights
  • Events management

What your course will look like

Assessment

You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays and a range of individual or group artefacts, presentations, projects and reports that focus on practical and business skills.

In addition, applicants will normally be expected to have passed grade 5, GCSE Music or equivalent, and possess basic keyboard skills.

Year 1

You will build skills in electronic arrangement, composition and post-production. Alongside this, you will also gain a fundamental knowledge of the industry and the varied opportunities to compose. You will begin to think about your own music and build confidence in composing and producing for set briefs. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

Year 2

You will gain a greater understanding of equipment and software and think about the specialist areas of composition in which they are used. This will allow you to enhance your practice and develop your approach to your composition and arrangement work. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a production team.

Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a final portfolio of skills. Alongside this, you will complete a self-initiated project. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. The final portfolio will act as a showreel for entry into the industry.

This course is intended for a new style of musician who recognises and embraces the radical changes that are occurring in the music industry.

Detailed course specification

 

Key Information Sets

When I first arrived, I was impressed by how everything was so state-of-the-art whilst the tuition was directed towards establishing a sense of networking and collaboration.

The course has opened my eyes a lot to all the possibilities that I can come across within music; from production in a studio, to writing scores for movies and video games. It has helped me to improve musically as well as helping me appreciate sound and music in a different way. Lee Carter, BA (Hons) Music Production for Media

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