Short course

Overview

Delivered online in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom 

Aimed at those with experience in music composition and creation who are interested in composing specifically for film and TV, this practical and interactive 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 final day of the course.

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: £425
Corporate Rate: £795

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 can 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 scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

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

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