Leeds Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull

Music (Film Music) with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Writing music for the moving image has become an increasingly attractive career option. Refine your composition, arranging and production skills and develop an entrepreneurial approach to working in the film music industry at Leeds Conservatoire 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. This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. The Foundation Year modules include one to one tuition in film music composition, as well as skills development of group composition, music theory and aural skills. Contextual Studies focuses on the repertoire of your chosen pathway, as well as cross pathway musicology and practical and collaborative sessions focusing on creative skills. The Musicianship Skills modules allows all students who have completed their Grade 5 theory prior to the start of the course to choose an elective module to supplement the core curriculum. The list of options includes subjects like music technology, keyboard skills and creative performance techniques. On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Film Music). The course also benefits from masterclasses delivered by professional film score composers, directors, industry specialists and in-house talent. 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.

Course details

Modules

The BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) with Foundation Year modules focus on developing you as a professional film composer through one-to-one tuition, small group work and creative projects. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre capabilities. The programme has strands in Specialist Study and Contextual Studies that span the four levels of the programme, as well as a Professional Studies strand throughout Levels 4, 5 and 6. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study. Foundation Year (Level 3) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study Foundation Specialist Group Study Foundation Contextual Studies Foundation Musicianship Skills Aural and Theory Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study Film Music 1 Specialist Group Study Film Music 1 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 2 Specialist Group Study Film Music 2 Film Music in Context 2 Professional Studies 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 Contextual Studies 3 Professional Studies 3 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 Electro-acoustic 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 Conservatoire website: http://bit.ly/LC-FilmFY-UCAS

Assessment method

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 Musicianship Skills, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 3, 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.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeW3W4
Institution code L30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 64 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.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 3 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 points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

http://bit.ly/EntryRequirementsUCAS

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Film Music applicants will need to attend an interview. Interview guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition Musical theory standard (assessed at interview) Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have included in their portfolio to ensure they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

Other

Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each component (IELTS Academic)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are paying international fees you will pay £14,500 for the Foundation Year only, then your subsequent years will be £17,500. If you are an EU national starting in September 2021 your fee status may be Home or Overseas, depending on your circumstances. We are still waiting for the UK Government to announce what the rules for student funding will be from next academic year onwards following the end of the Brexit transition period. It is expected that there will be some provision for those with settled or pre-settled status, however there is no guarantee of this or what it will look like at this point.
Music (Film Music) with Foundation Year at Leeds Conservatoire - UCAS