Leeds College of Music has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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.
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.
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)
Specialist Study (Composition) Foundation
Specialist Group Study (Composition) Foundation
Contextual Studies Foundation
Aural and Theory
Year 1 (Level 4)
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
Year 2 (Level 5)
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
Introduction to Music Technology
Music and Ideology
Performance with Electronics
Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
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)
Specialist Study Film Music (Composition) 3 (the one-to-one sessions)
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:
Emerging Music Models
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
Module specifications can be accessed via the Leeds College of Music website:
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
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Please visit the international page on our website for further information: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/
|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 coursehttps://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/entry-requirements/
Additional entry requirements
Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/audition-information/
Film Music applicants will need to attend an interview.
Interview guides can be found on our website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/audition-information/
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.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||5.5 in each components (IELTS Academic)|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|