When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Jonathan Higgins
  • Course Code W23MPPJ01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Study more advanced film scoring techniques including the use of orchestration for thematic variation and hitting precise sync points. Learn to use textural composition techniques and study the music of film composers including Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman, Steven Price. Develop ostinato sequences, export a project to Sibelius for orchestration and mix a film project.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply techniques used by Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman
  • Use and develop themes in a number of different contexts
  • Use orchestration for thematic variation using a MIDI sequencer
  • Transfer compositions from Logic Pro to Sibelius to produce sheet music for a scoring session


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Demonstrations and explanations from Tutor Practical workshops Class discussion of listening assignments Taking notes during lectures and audio-visual presentations Individual projects

    Entry requirements

    Completion of Film Scoring 2 or similar experience Access outside of class to a computer A strong interest in music. Some experience of using Apple computers would be an advantage, but support during class will be given. Basic computer skills, file management, etc.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Demonstrations will be given using Logic Pro X software but can be applied to other digital audio workstations such as Ableton, Cubase, Pro Tools and Reaper. Due to the nature of the instruments/content of the course you might be exposed to high volume levels. We strongly encourage everyone to bring a pair of ear plugs to every lesson.

    What you need

    Pen and paper to take notes A USB memory stick to save your work Handouts and materials given by the tutor

    What you can do next

    Logic Pro: Advanced, Sound Design Composition