Composing for Film and Television

Scholarships Available

2 Years Full-time

Main Campus In person

Application deadline has now passed for Jan 2025

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Composing for Film and Television

COURSE OVERVIEW

Train in live and synth/sample-based music for moving image productions.

Modelled on industry working practices, you will compose for a wide variety of audio-visual material and work closely with other students including those from Editing and Sound Post Production, increasing your understanding of the relationship between audio and moving images. You will graduate with a number of credits which can include fiction, animation and science and natural history films, television and games.

 

Dario Marianelli with Oscar

"I didn't just learn about music in films: I learnt to collaborate and communicate with film-makers, in a very fruitful and stimulating way."

Dario Marianelli
Oscar-winning NFTS graduate

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We offer a flexible curriculum adaptable to our students’ individual needs, with access to individual music suites, recording sessions with live musicians and education in business, legal and professional skills.

On graduating, you’ll be qualified to take on all forms of work in film and television, as well as productions in multimedia and interactive programming.

COURSE FACILITIES

You will have access to your own composing cabin which will be your exclusive studio space. Our 20 composer studios are equipped with Apple Mac workstations running Logic, Sibelius and ProTools. We also have a dedicated Music Recording Studio for recording live music.

Funding Available

The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK. If you’re successful at gaining a place on the course, you will be contacted by our funding team with details on how to apply for one of these scholarships.

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Student Showcase

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Do Not Feed the Pigeons (trailer)

2021 graduate animation

Director - Antonin Niclass

Producer - Jordi Morera

Composer - Fabio Amurri

In a coach station, around 2am, a collection of lonely and tired travellers are waiting for the coach. Somehow, in that cold and depressing place, the resident pigeons manage to create a magical connection between them for a beautiful instant.

Winner of the EE BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation 2022.

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Stories of You and I (trailer)

2021 graduate science and natural history film

Director/Producer/Camera - John Davies

Associate Producer - Michelle Brøndum

Composer - Oliver Wegmuller

Stories of You and I is an open letter to the Earth, remembering a life of infatuation with nature around the British Isles. It is a touching, personal and emotional cry for environmental justice told through an intimate relationship with the natural world.

Winner of the Student Award at the Jackson Wild Media Awards.

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Harp Song (trailer)

2022 graduate game

Designers/Developers/Story - Stephen Glenister, Ástráður "Ace" Ísak Lárusson

Composer - Noa Margalit

Harp Song is a narrative-adventure game set in ancient Ireland. Inspired by Irish mythology, our heroine, Clár, is pulled into an on-going war between the old Gods.

Shortlisted for the 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards.

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This Is Ours (trailer)

2023 graduate fiction film

Director/Writer - Simon London

Producer - Cristina Isgrò

Composer - Samuel Read

Trapped in a 1960s facility evaluating children for potential citizenship, two girls are faced with the question of human value. While their competitive conditioning sets them against each other, one’s rebellion disrupts everything and sparks a connection that neither will forget.

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Napoleon

Composer Martin Phipps

Napoleon publicity still

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Composer Dario Marianelli

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire publicity poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

The Beatles - Now And Then

Strings Arranger Ben Foster (credited alongside Giles Martin and Paul McCartney)

Ben's composing credits include Happy Valley, Ridley, The Good Karma Hospital, Thunderbirds Are Go, Our Girl, Scott and Bailey
Other credits include Rocketman (Arranger, Conductor, Orchestrator), Good Omens (Arranger, Conductor, Orchestrator), Doctor Who (Conductor, Orchestrator)

Beatles Now And Then promo poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Loki - Seasons 1&2

Composer Natalie Holt

Loki poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Heartstopper

Composer Adi Chase

Heartstopper poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Doctor Who

Composer Segun Akinola

Doctor Who poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

The Reason I Jump

Composer Nainita Desai

The Reason I Jump poster

Graduate Success

NFTS graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US, and end up working as Composers on feature films, high-end television, commercials, and a number of award-winning productions.

Graduates have gone on to compose scores that have truly earned 'iconic' status.

Recent credits include...

Happy Valley

Composer Ben Foster and Scoring Assistant Samuel Read

Happy Valley poster