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Leeds College of Music

Music (Film Music)

UCAS Code: W3W3

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, e.g. IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

UCAS Tariff

96

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

This course will give students the skills to become sophisticated composers for the film music industry. Developed to meet the industry demands, this is the first course of its kind in a UK conservatoire. It uniquely combines one-to-one composition tuition, Mac lab production software sessions, and a variety of supporting topics such as harmony, orchestration and historical, cultural and professional studies. Students will have access to a unique library of notated soundtrack scores and cues, and the conservatoire’s well-equipped Apple Mac suites, not to mention established links with the film music industry.

The course also benefits from masterclasses delivered by professional film score composers, directors, industry specialists and in-house talent. These are in addition to the weekly lectures and seminars and usually generate between 2-3 hours extra per week. There are monthly ‘Film Night’ events where students showcase their music to film in front of a live audience and a panel of professionals. Visitors have previously included Nicholas Dodd, Harry Escott, Michael Price and David Julyan and may include David Arnold and Harry Gregson Williams in the future. We are also visited regularly by notable alumni successful within film music; in the past these have included ex-students who have worked (or are still working) in Hollywood.

At Level 6, students also participate in ‘Student Enhancement’ activities, where various valuable and interesting events take place, such as one-to-one sessions with directors and professional film score composers.

Modules

The programme has strands in Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies that span the three levels of the programme. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study.

Year 1 (Level 4)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Film Music (Composition) 1 (the one-to-one sessions)
Specialist Group Study Film Music (Composition) 1 (sessions in the Mac Labs)
Film Music in Context 1
Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries
Creative Project

Year 2 (Level 5)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Film Music (Composition) 2 (the one-to-one sessions)
Specialist Group Study Film Music (Composition) 2 (sessions in the Mac Labs)
Film Music in Context 2

Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Arranging and Orchestration
Collaborative Composition
Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Music Technology
Music and Ideology
Musical Direction
Performance with Electronics
Songwriting

Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Artistic Management
Business Start-up
Concerts and Touring
Instrumental Music Tuition
Self-Promotion and Music Marketing
Structure and Functions of the Film Music Industry
Working with Music in the Community

Year 3 (Level 6)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Film Music (Composition) 3 (the one-to-one sessions)
Final Project

Students select either an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Project or a Practice in Context Research Project for their Final Project module.

Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Composed Theatre
Computer-Based Composition
Electroacoustic Composition
Emerging Music Models
Extended Improvisation
Intercultural Music
Software Environments – Performance and Sound Creation

Professional Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Business Leadership and Ethics
Community Music Project
Film Music – Aesthetics and Narrative Function
Live Music Management
Music Journalism

Module specifications can be accessed via the Leeds College of Music website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/undergraduate-courses/ba-hons-music-film-music/

Assessment methods

The course is assessed via practical and written assessment and will involve composing, arranging and production of film music. Periodically students will be required to produce notated scores (handwritten or Sibelius) to accompany their work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds College of Music

Department:

Music

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93%
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International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
78%
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