BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

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Note: This course is found under the Undergraduate option when making a UCAS application NOT the Conservatoires option.

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) at Leeds Conservatoire

Writing music for the moving image has become an increasingly attractive career option. Refine your composition, arranging and production skills and develop an entrepreneurial approach to working in the film music industry.


  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years /
    4 Years (with Foundation)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W3W3
    W3W4 (with Foundation Year)
  • UCAS Institution Code: L30
  • Apply Via: UCAS Undergraduate Application (note: this course cannot be found under the 'Conservatoire' application option)
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

Course Overview

Industry Demand

Film composers garner world-wide recognition for their work, and writing music for the moving image has fast become an attractive career option for composers seeking creative flexibility and a high rate of royalty-based income. Developed to meet the growing demand for fresh talent, our degree in Film Music builds on our established expertise in music production as well as our impressive roster of alumni who have gone on to compose work for independent films, Hollywood blockbusters and studios run by high profile practitioners such as Hans Zimmer.

Unique experience

This is the first course of its kind in a UK conservatoire to focus solely on the composition, production and context of Film Music. It combines one-to-one composition tuition, production sessions in Mac Labs, and a wide variety of supporting topics such as harmony, orchestration and historical, cultural and professional studies. 

World Class Facilities

We have seven mixing rooms, including a studio with a 5.1 surround sound setup and HD projector, making it perfect for cueing up music with film footage.

Our six Apple Mac Labs are equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces, as well as industry standard software such as Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Ableton Live.

You’ll also have access to our unique and vast library of notated soundtrack scores and cues, most of which are transcribed by course leader Brian Morrell.

Showcase your work

Each term students benefit from our links with the film music industry through our ‘Film Nights’, where they showcase their work to a live audience and a panel of industry professionals. Previous panel members have included  Nicholas Dodd, Composer and Orchestrator (Avatar, Casino Royale and Independence Day); Harry Escott – Composer (Shame, River Deep State, A Mighty Heart), David Julyan (Memento, The Prestige) and Olga Fitzroy (award-winning recording engineer with Foo Fighters and Coldplay).

Career destinations

Graduates from Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Film Composers, Recording, Sound Designers and Producers. Find out more in our Alumni section.

“The one-to-one tuition is great. You get an hour every week of feedback on your work and expert knowledge that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.” – James Jarvis, Film Music graduate

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) - 3 Years

The three-year Film Music degree features specialist 1:1 and group study in Film Music, supported by a curriculum designed to prepare you for your career in the Film Music industry.

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) with Foundation Year - 4 Years

If you know that conservatoire study is for you, but you don’t think that you’ll meet the academic or musical entry requirements, our four-year courses are an excellent opportunity to start studying your degree while you focus on your musical development.

An extra year of access to our creative and collaborative environment, excellent facilities, expert staff and rich performance opportunities will build your confidence as a conservatoire musician.

Find out more about BA (Hons) with Foundation Year.

What You Will Study (See Modules and Specifications)

Each year of the course is structured into three distinct strands:

  • Specialist Study – One-to-one tuition and group study in composition and production
  • Contextual Studies – Develop your composition, musicology and aural skills
  • Professional Studies – Develop your skills for working in the creative industries

Some examples* of Contextual Studies and Professional Studies modules:

  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Promotion & Music Marketing
  • Working with Music in the Community
  • Instrumental Music Tuition
  • Music Journalism
  • Computer Based Composition
  • Software Environments - Performance and Sound Creation
  • Emerging Music Models

*The above examples are chosen to represent a selection of the kind of mandatory and elective module options offered, so you can tailor your degree to your area of interest. See the full list of modules currently available for this course, including mandatory and optional modules, plus detailed module specification documents.

If you choose to study the 4 -year Film Music with Foundation Year programme, your first year will focus on developing your musicianship through specialist one to-one tuition, and strengthening your music theory and academic skills, as well as your creativity and artistry.

You will also have access to a weekly programme of workshops and masterclasses, as well as regular individual tutorials with academic staff.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will automatically progress to year one on your chosen BA programme.

If you are at Grade 6 standard or higher in an instrument or voice, you can also choose to have additional 1:1 tuition in this area outside of your standard timetabled teaching.

This is not part of your course, but there are a limited number of Instrumental, Vocal & Composition Bursaries available, or tuition can be arranged at additional cost.

Academic Requirements

BA (Hons) - 3 Years

96 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year - 4 Years

64 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Performance and Musical Theory Standard

Read our full entry requirements to see more detail on musical performance and theory standards.

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)

Read our step-by-step application guide

All applicants will be invited to submit a portfolio of material for assessment. You will then be invited to a short interview with our Film Music team.

Exact requirements vary depending on which programme you are applying for.

Find more detailed audition information for applicants.

Leeds Conservatoire does not charge audition fees for any Undergraduate or Postgraduate course.

Visit our Fees and Funding section to find out more about Fees & Funding for International Students.

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Study Mode: Full Time
Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants and offer holders for 2022/23 entry:

Leeds Conservatoire plans to apply to the Office for Students for Degree Awarding Powers. If we are granted Degree Awarding Powers, your degree may be awarded by Leeds Conservatoire rather than validated by the University of Hull.

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

Duration: 3 years
UCAS Course Code: W3W3 

Course Key Information Document 2021/22

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music) with Foundation Year

Duration: 4 years
UCAS Course Code: W3W4 

Course Key Information Document 2021/22

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Alumni Profile

Daniel Suett

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Production)
Year of Graduation: 2013

One of Dan Suett’s many achievements since leaving Leeds Conservatoire was winning composer Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers competition, which let to him gaining a position as Staff Composer at the Bleeding Fingers studios in Santa Monica, USA. 

Meet our alumni

Tutor profiles

Brian Morrell
Dr Brian MorrellDeputy Head of School of Music and Education

Specialisms: Film music, composition, orchestration, music theory, music context, industry and culture

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Matthew Colmer
Matt ColmerSenior Lecturer: Film Music

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

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Hans Hess
Dr Hans HessSenior Lecturer: Film Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

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James MoffattLecturer: Film Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

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Our six Apple Mac Labs are equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces, as well as industry standard software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Ableton. They can be booked at any time outside of lessons until late.

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Open Days

Find out what it's like to study at Leeds Conservatoire by coming along to one of our Open Days. 

As well as talks and tours specific to the courses you're interested in, you can also chat to our staff and students.

Plus, get immediate access to our On-Demand Open Day.

Open Days

Cue Tube

The Cue Tube's library of un-scored clips, and associated audio assets such as separate dialogue and effects tracks, is an invaluable resource for aspiring composers and sound designers and is fully accessible to Leeds Conservatoire students.

The library covers a wide range of genres including animation, corporate ads, thrillers, live action, drama and comedy. The materials in the library are fully-licensed for re-scoring and use in coursework and student portfolios. In addition The Cue Tube is a truly global creative community and offers further opportunities such as competitions, masterclasses and is now in the process of developing in-house film productions for the library.

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