This course is for aspiring composers wanting to learn more about the practical and theoretical techniques for producing music for film, television and the games industry.  Composers will develop their creativity using dBs Music's state of the art recording facilities and the latest software including Avid's Sibelius, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, professional orchestral libraries and Native Instruments Komplete suite.

The aim of this course is to enhance a student's chances of gaining employment within this exciting industry, giving you the knowledge and tools you need to successfully place your songs in a hit movie, a popular television series or media advertisements. To this end, composers are taught traditional music theory alongside electronic music techniques and encouraged to developed their own style by studying atonal, minimalist, ambient, musique concrete and pop/rock methods to enable a broad range of styles in their toolkit.

As a student, you will develop abilities within all of the specialist audio production and post-production areas of sound design, sound effects (SFX), dialog replacement (ADR), Foley and location sound.

It is taught by musicians, composers and recording engineers with over 30 years of industry experience and gives you the opportunity to collaborate with film-makers and animators on other HND pathways within the college.


‘Hands on’ is our middle name! Whilst we provide our students with the necessary theoretical foundation they need to support their vocational practice, it is our belief that students should spend most of their time honing their craft and getting practical experience on the very best industry standard gear.


This course includes modules on:

Year 1

  • Aural Perception & the Principles of Musical Sound
  • Research & Analysis of Musical Genre
  • Audio Mastering
  • Sequencing Music & Sound
  • Foley Recording Techniques & Engineering
  • Composing for Film & TV

Year 2

  • Critical Music Listening
  • Work Related Experience in the Music Industry
  • Major Project
  • Sequencing Techniques for Film & TV
  • Sound Design for Film & TV
  • Audio Post Production
This course is a fantastic and unique opportunity for anyone interested in composition for film and TV. Also, learning how to create Foley for a complete soundtrack has been a really interesting and enjoyable experience
— Carole Talboys, 1st Year Student


Roles this course can lead on to include:

  • Film Composer
  • Foley Artist
  • Music Editor
  • Film Scoring
  • Programmer (Sequencing)
  • Sound Designer


UCAS Points: 48 Points

Qualifications: AS/A-Levels or relevant level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC National Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP, Access to HE Diplomas.

Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 will also be considered.

If you fall short of these qualifications you might want to consider our ACCESS TO HE course.


Applications for this course are through UCAS.

Course Code:  24HW

Institution Code: C78

If you have questions at any stage of the application process, please do get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.



Course fees for 2017/18 are £7500 per year

Most students will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of your course, there are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.

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