Introduction to Music Composition for the Screen: Online

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Program Description

Introduction to Music Composition for the Screen: Online

Australian Film Television and Radio School

This fascinating online course provides anyone with a little musical creativity and a music software program the tools to adapt their skills to creating music for the screen.

The rapid increase in worldwide content creation including film, short film, documentary, corporate video, web series, television series and television commercials is providing an unprecedented opportunity for composers/creators of music to earn an income from their musical works.

You'll study examples by the greatest film composers of all time John Williams (Star Wars), Ennio Morricone (Django Unchained), Hans Zimmer (Inception), Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and many more, to find out how it's done by the masters and how you can apply their techniques to your own original score.

You'll also have opportunity to a live lecture and Q&A chat session with guest lecturer and popular film composer Christopher Gordon (Mao's Last Dancer, Master & Commander).

N.B. - This course is taught in English, and is open to international students as well as those within Australia.

Please note, for chat session times AEST will be observed in Sydney until October 4, 2015 at 2:00 AM and then AEDT will be observed.


  • Ten base modules with a variety of weekly assignments and activities
  • 10 hour workload per week
  • 2 x weekly 90 minute Google Hangout video chat sessions
  • Film/clip viewings and film score review assignments
  • Weekly composition assignments
  • Online videos of interviews with industry professionals

You will learn essential concepts for composers of film and screen music including:

  • Introduction to screen music
  • Why have music in film?
  • Organising the score
  • Hit points
  • Time code
  • Interpreting film for composers
  • Digital Audio Workstation basics
  • Midi basics
  • Mixing & bouncing
  • Presentation of works to class/critique

By the end of this course participants will have created, mixed and produced their own original music for several pieces of film.

N.B.: This course has a large workload. Participants will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to 2 × 90 min online chat sessions (Mondays & Thursdays at 1900 AEST), film viewing, and written assignments.

The ability to read and write musical notation is not a prerequisite for this course.

The course will focus on Logic Pro 9 & Pro Tools as the audio workstations of choice -- although students are welcome to use any audio workstation of their choosing during the course.


This school offers programs in:
  • English


10 weeks online, with two weekly video chat sessions, Mon & Thu, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (Sydney local time)

Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
10 weeks
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Australia Australia Online
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 10 weeks
Price 790