ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Middlesex University

Composition for Media, Film and Games

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career in Composition for Media, Film and Games. Modules in Sound to Picture, Location Recording, Composition for Audio Visual Media and Audio Design for Video Games make it particularly useful for this career destination. Where you would like to personalise your studies further, our innovative curriculum means that these recommended Elective Modules may be switched for other Elective Modules listed on our website, according to your preferences and aspirations for the future. You will study towards a BA (Hons) inMusic Industry Practice. Other Modules you will study include Creative Software Skills, Designing Sound and the Art of Production.

Course details


Our tripartite commitment to our students’ academic, professional and personal development is recognised in our ever-evolving and always progressive curriculum, developed with Falmouth, the UK's number one Arts University. Whether students choose to focus on music performance, songwriting, production or business management, we pride ourselves on delivering an immersive music industry education in which we match the highest quality of teaching and learning with an unparalleled student experience. With our students representing every corner of the field they one day hope to work in, ACM is a microcosm of the music industry in which people really can work together and learn by doing. We’re interested in our students’ careers as much as their studies, dedicating an entire department to supporting their professional development and helping them take their first steps into the music industry. ACM’s Industry Link team is headed up by Martin ‘Ace’ Kent (of Skunk Anansie fame). Through regular networking events, work placements, performance and audition opportunities, students are able to showcase their knowledge and talent to music industry executives (from labels, publishers, management companies and more) and gain first-hand feedback from those in the know. The department connects students to a network of top-tier industry partners in the music and wider creative industries, and also offers regular tutorial and masterclass opportunities with visiting guests.  ACM students also enjoy an access all areas pass to Europe’s largest recording complex, in which the likes of Queen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, and countless others have recorded, and some still record, today. This joining of educational and professional environments, where over 50% of the UK Music chart is recorded, mixed or mastered in an average year, has created a unique end-to-end proposition for those wanting to pursue a career in the music and wider creative industries, not to be found anywhere else in music education.

Assessment method

ACM uses real-world activity, learning and problem scenarios for all of its assessments. Our ethos is to embody learning-by-doing and students are therefore assessed through the demonstration of this learning by industry professionals who bring the latest knowledge, highest calibre of creativity and their entire experience into the classroom. Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are often given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. Showcasing work to industry is inbuilt into the assessment process thanks to our unique link with Metropolis Studios and students will receive feedback from industry experts, supporting their professional and career development in addition to their academia. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of our Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and video form, as well as written.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ACM welcomes applicants from the UK, European Union and European Economic Area, as well as wider international applicants already in possession of a Tier 4 Visa or with other entitlement to be in the UK and study for the duration of the programme. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor and/or accept international applicants who don't already have a right to be in the UK with an entitlement to study.

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Every applicant will have their suitability assessed by way of an on-site interview. Online interviews may only be offered in exceptional circumstances. Full preparatory materials will be sent to you upon confirmation of your interview. Your interview will be an enjoyable experience so you should not feel at all nervous. The candidates you are applying alongside are just like you and we are most certainly NOT looking for perfection. In fact, we believe that perfection, especially in the arts, is something that you are always on the road towards but will never achieve as your own standards grow with you, so don’t set yourself that impossible bar, now. Instead, rest assured that we are looking for those people with passion and potential. We’re looking for diamonds in the rough. We’re looking for people who are ready to learn. If you’re a musician who needs to brush up on your sight reading, that’s ok. We’ll give you support with that. Or maybe you’re a future business exec who gets nervous about presentations? That’s ok, too. We’ll give you coaching to help make it better. We’ll go above and beyond in our efforts to widen participation in every way possible, for as long as you show strength of character and commitment to your studies. Your interview day will also serve as an opportunity to discover and experience all that ACM has to offer. Your access-all-areas pass to our South London campus on the edges of the beautiful Clapham Common (comprising professional practice and recording facilities, a world-class teaching faculty and a dedicated Industry-Link department for professional and career development), gives you plenty to look forward to. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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ACM London delivers qualifications by way of franchise for Falmouth University. Student Loans are available to UK and EU applicants. Where we identify passion and potential for a career in music and issue you with an offer of study, we promise that we’ll do all we can to make sure that our immersive industry education is affordable to you. Our range of Scholarships reduces the cost of studying for those students who are academically, technically, creatively and/ or entrepreneurially gifted (see for more information) whilst those from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Scheme, to further improve the accessibility and affordability of studying at ACM. More information on matters relating to Student Finance can be obtained from our Student Finance team on 01483 500 800 or via email on [email protected] . And so this is our pledge to you. If music is your passion, money will not stop you from choosing ACM.
Composition for Media, Film and Games at ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) - UCAS