Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

Reasons to choose the programme

Learn about compositional processes in making music for screen
Gain experience through exciting collaborative media music projects
Share and develop your abilities in a vibrant and innovative musical environment
Meet and work with film makers, animators and industry professionals
Expand your intellectual skills in composing for screen in one of the world’s great creative cities


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


The Composition for Screen - MSc is an exciting one-year taught programme with a focus on practices for composing music and sound for the screen. The range of music for media to be explored includes film and TV as well as current computer multi-media such as YouTube virals, music videos, commercials, video games and web pages.

This MSc gives students the opportunity to learn about the technical, artistic and intellectual demands of composing music and sound for use in both the established audio-visual media of film and television and the new digital and internet media environments.

The programme will encourage students to create music for innovative media use while receiving practical experience and feedback in collaborating with others.

What will you get out of the programme?

  • Development of your compositional skills, especially those related to musical/dramatic association with the screen
  • Updating and enrichment of your electronic music and media skills, including the use of notational software, sequencer software, hardware and mixing, and media synchronization and production methods
  • A portfolio and demo reel for scoring work through your work in media music projects
  • Familiarity with collaborative processes when working with others in a media music environment
  • An improvement in your abilities to observe and research processes in media music and to communicate those processes with others
  • Self-sufficient capabilities and resourcefulness to take on music for screen projects in a professional atmosphere

Experienced lecturers teach courses and top international media music professionals often give guest lectures. There are also many exciting active collaboration projects throughout the programme, working with filmmakers, animators and industry professionals. Unique to this programme is the opportunity to have works performed by Edinburgh’s only orchestra specializing in the performance of film music, the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra.

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Facilities and resources

Our extensive range of music studio spaces, equipment, and software will allow you to see your audio projects all the way through from composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, and post-production.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.

The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections in the world.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

Jean Kennoway Howells Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £15,000
  • Eligibility: Open for applicants to full-time postgraduate taught Masters programmes in the Reid School of Music.

BAFTA UK Scholarships Programme

  • Deadline:
  • Value: Between £5,000 and £12,000, mentoring, and event access
  • Eligibility: Open to British citizens undertaking Animation - MFA, Composition for Screen - MSc, Film Directing - MA/MFA.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086