NFTS Cymru Wales: Composing for Film, TV and Games

Short course


This course will be delivered in person in central Cardiff

This 3 day course provides a unique opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the skills and mindset it takes to have a successful career writing and producing music for film, tv and games. Delivered in an engaging and interactive style by an experienced tutor, it will cover all you need to know in terms of the appropriate composing techniques and the nuts and bolts of writing and producing music specifically for the screen, with an originality that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Commissioned music needs to represent a strong artistic integrity, but because it is there to serve a purpose, finding the right balance between originality and applicability is crucial. This course will help you achieve that balance and take your career as a composer to the next level through new techniques and a fresh approach.

This course will cover:

  • How to “read the mind” of your director/producer/editor.
  • How to pursue the best musical idea for a specific project.
  • How to deal with temp-tracks and how to write something better.
  • How to find the courage to stay truly original.
  • Finding the right tempo. Understanding the relation between BPM and picture.
  • The deeper analysis: What is this film/tv show REALLY about? Subtext via music.
  • Writing by hand vs sequencing in a DAW
  • How to be an artist, but not a difficult one
  • Deciding when to do a demo and when to do an almost final mix for your pitch.
  • Analysing the pitfalls of any given project
  • How to be able to work in almost any given genre.
  • Writing for dialogue.
  • How to get a better workflow. Stay organised, stay inspired.

About the tutor:

Mathias Nielsen is an acclaimed Danish composer known for his unique flair for writing catchy melodies as well as developing complex musical ideas. For more than 20 years he has been writing and producing music for film and television at DR Danish Broadcast Corporation and has been commissioned by major studios, broadcasters and theatres worldwide. Mathias is a former tutor on the NFTS  Composing for Film and Television MA and has been delivering this short course for the school for the last three years. Comments from previous participants include:

The whole 3 days was amazing. It has made me think and step up my game. 

It ticked all the boxes for me in a fun and entertaining way.

Mathias was encouraging, positive, honest, witty and extremely informative.

I have learned so much in a short space of time and also made some new friends along the way.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance fee: £425
Corporate fee: £795


Bursaries, supported by the Welsh Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions (pdf file) / Telerau ac Amodau (pdf file) of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.


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