Composition & Composition for Screen Requirements

You can apply for either Composition (undergraduate and postgraduate levels) – the broad-based study of compositional technique as both art and craft, or Composition for Screen (postgraduate only) – the specific discipline of writing music for film, television and other media.

Portfolio Requirements

In addition to completing your UCAS Conservatoire application all composers must submit examples of their compositions directly to the RCM.

Composition

You must submit a portfolio of at least two, but not more than five, contrasting examples of your compositions.

We are looking for evidence of both a talent for composition and, depending on the level at which you wish to study, the ability to realise effectively, or to start to realise, your ideas in a variety of forms and media.

Candidates whose portfolios demonstrate potential will be invited to interview, where they may also be asked to complete a number of tasks.

Composition for Screen

You must submit a portfolio of at least two, but not more than five, contrasting examples of your compositions.

In addition to the normal academic and musical standards expected for entry to the RCM's Masters Programme, Composition for Screen applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • a command of musical gesture and expression
  • instrumentation and orchestral skills
  • proficiency in music technology applications such as sequencing and score processing, 
  • experience in the use of Logic or similar software
  • a keen awareness of music's narrative and dramatic functions within and beyond film, television and multimedia.

Candidates whose portfolios demonstrate potential will be invited to interview.  Prior to interview Composition for Screen candidates will be sent a short vocational task to complete (such as composing a short excerpt to accompany an image or scenario).

How to Submit Your Portfolio

Please submit your composition portfolio to the RCM by 1 October 2016. (or by 15 November 2016 for candidates being interviewed in the USA, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Singapore).

You should submit your composition portfolio online through DecisionDesk.  Please do not post your portfolio to the RCM as we can only accept portfolios through DecisionDesk. If you should experience any problems in uploading your portfolio, please email admissions@rcm.ac.uk.

Please note, you do not have to pay a fee to use DecisionDesk

Guidance notes are provided in the PDF below.   

DecisionDesk Guidance Notes for Users (539 kb)

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