Short course


Delivered online via Zoom, over two days

Aimed at those with experience in music composition and creation who are interested in composing specifically for film and TV, this practical and interactive two day course gives participants the opportunity to write and showcase short scores for contemporary film and media content and receive expert feedback in a peer learning environment.

Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge of how to use music software themselves for composition and sound design (this can be anything ranging from Garage Band to ProTools) as the focus of the course will be on the craft of creating music and sound to enhance emotional storytelling. Participants will be asked to view a short film (max. 3 mins) and upload their score prior to the first day of the course. 

On the morning of the first day of the course, scores will be reviewed and critiqued as a group and a further scoring challenge will be set which will be reviewed again on the second day of the course.

Across both course days, the afternoon classroom training sessions will cover:

- The power of music in moving picture 
- The art and craft of composing to picture
- An introduction to the business of film and TV music

This course is led by Giles Lamb, a highly experienced UK based composer with a long list of credits spanning 18 years writing music for TV, Films, commercials and trailers. He also studied Neuroscience and Music Psychology in the 90’s before establishing his career as a soundtrack composer, He has released 8 commercial albums and has also collaborated on numerous theatre music and interactive media projects.

Giles will be available mid-week for short one-to-one surgeries if any participants require.


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £300
Corporate Rate: £475

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


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 are able to pay for the course. 

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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.


NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.