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 film makers, animators and industry professional
Expand your intellectual skills in composing for screen in one of the world’s great creative cities

Yati Durant and students talk about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

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.

Outline

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.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Staff

Yati Durant

Lecturer

Email: Y.Durant@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2421


Facilities and resources

Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.

Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.

On occasion the Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.

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

Information on the equipment available to students in the music studios and editing suites.

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

Located beneath Reid Concert Hall, this studio is built to record live performances in the venue.

Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.

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

  • Value: £5,000-£15,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art.

BAFTA UK Scholarships Programme

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

Bucher-Fraser Scholarship (for new students)

  • Value: £5,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a student who is accepted for admission on a full-time, postgraduate taught Masters programme in Music. Applicants must have received an offer by the scholarship deadline.

J.S. Anderson Organ prize

  • Value: £1,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For current full-time music students. Students wishing to enter the competition must present a programme of organ music lasting 35-40 minutes.

Jean Kennoway Howells Scholarship

  • Value: £3,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a student who is accepted onto a full-time, postgraduate taught Masters programme in Music.



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086