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Area Leader in Composition for Screen

Closing date: 9am Tuesday 3 December 2019

Interview date: Thursday 12 December 2019

Salary: £48,010 - £54,997 per annum, pro-rata

Job ref. no: 702-19

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fourth consecutive year. The RCM also achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

As Area Leader in Composition for Screen, you will lead the RCM’s renowned Masters programme in Composition for Screen. This well-established and highly competitive programme attracts students from across the world to develop advanced skills in composition for screen including film, TV and video games. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work globally, with alumni recognised in the BAFTAs, Grammys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

As Area Leader, you will work closely with a team of teaching staff and the Head of Composition to ensure the currency and teaching quality of the programme. In close collaboration with the RCM Digital Team and the Creative Careers Centre you will take a lead in curricular, artistic, technological and research developments in the area of Composition for Screen. You will also contribute to the development and delivery of related provision as part of the BMus undergraduate programme and Masters options portfolio. It is also hoped that you will contribute to the supervision of doctoral students.

Applicants should hold a relevant PhD and have a national or international profile as a composer for screen, with a deep understanding of industry practices and technological developments. You will have substantial experience of teaching and assessment in a higher education setting, including designing and leading modules in relevant subject areas which may include: instrumental/electronic composition for screen, orchestration, film music, sound design and music technology. Experience of teaching composition and sound design for video games would be advantageous.

As an active practice-led researcher, you will be producing research outputs of world-leading or internationally-excellent quality, suitable for submission to the forthcoming REF. The successful candidate will join a thriving research community at RCM.

The RCM offers a generous allocation of research time, world-class teaching facilities, and a creative and supportive environment for staff development.

This post is available from January 2020 on a permanent, 0.8FTE basis. This is a position for which the RCM would consider acting as a sponsor for the relevant visa.

To apply:

Please complete our 1) Application Form and 2) Equal Opportunities Form (available to download further down this page) and submit in PDF or Word format before the closing deadline for the post. 

Please ensure that you include the Job Reference Number when submitting your application.

CVs without an application form will not be accepted.

For full details of this position please click the below "Job Description" to read the full Applicant Information Pack:

Job Description


Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Karoline Josten, HR Assistant:

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS


020 7591 4782

If you are applying by email, please state clearly in the subject line the title of the post for which you are applying.

The Royal College of Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Karoline Josten to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.


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