about the programme
This course is the first in Flanders to focus on composing music for various audiovisual productions, ranging from fiction film to games. Develop your personal artistic practice and technical knowledge in a curriculum tailored to meet the demands of the field.

composition for media, video and games

about the programme
study path
master music
graduating option composing music
study path composition for media, video and games
2 years

profile music programme

Located in the vibrant city of Ghent, labeled as UNESCO City of Music, the music department of KASK & Conservatory Ghent is in a privileged position to educate skillful and inspiring performing and creating musicians and instrument makers. Our approach focuses on three layers of musicianship: the artistic practice, the performance practice and presentation, and community engagement.

Artistic practice

Making music is at the very heart of our education program. Whether the students’ major discipline is creating, performing or producing classical music, pop, jazz, making musical instruments, or any combination of these disciplines, technical skills (instrumental technique, soft- and hardware, craftmanship) and creative skills (composition, improvisation, design) are of the utmost importance, supported by solid theoretical foundations (music theory, human and natural sciences). In addition to the skill set, we cultivate the so-called curating mindset: a prosperous artistic practice requires a researching mind, continual critical reflection, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Performance practice and presentation

Making music requires playing together, with or in front of an audience. Even when a student is pursuing a solo career, we believe that musical collaboration in various contexts is key. To this end we offer and stimulate various ensemble practices, e.g. (big)band, chamber ensemble, choir, studio recording sessions, orchestra, creative labs and interdisciplinary collectives. Students need to be able to present often and have their work confronted with peers and audiences, from experimental creations in the safe environment of the school’s premises, over musical instrument exhibitions and try-outs, to official concerts in public venues on and off campus.

Community engagement

Making music is a relational practice, where a musician as well as a musical instrument maker connects with a complex and intertwined ecosystem of colleagues, stakeholders, and audiences. Throughout our education program, we underscore and facilitate networking in expanding circles: from self-care and self-reliance, over creating collaborative networks with other artists and cultural organizations, up to a critical and socially engaged attitude to the global world we live in.

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Pioneers in the Flemish college landscape

There would be no The Shining without Bernard Herrmann, no Under The Skin without Mica Levi, and no The Joker without Hildur Guðnadóttir. With the rise of audiovisual arts came the profession of film composer, where the composer offers an aural perspective that immerses the viewer and listener in a cohesive experience alongside moving images. Over the years, the audiovisual landscape has expanded to encompass a broad spectrum: from the cinema screen to the living room and on the road, encompassing both long and short formats, animated, acted, or any hybrid form. Its sonorous counterpart has become equally boundless. 

Despite these developments, specific training for this form of composition was lacking within the Flemish arts education field. It is high time for change. With our new master's program in Composition for Media, Video, and Games, we offer, as the first school of arts in Flanders, a comprehensive master's program for composing music for moving images in all its diversity: fiction film, animation film, documentary, games, video, and installation art. 

Focused on your future in practice

You will acquire all the necessary knowledge and skills to work as an artist and professional in the audiovisual sector. We train you to become a critical thinker who develops their own artistic practice and makes valuable contributions to a wide range of audiovisual productions. Our curriculum is designed with the professional field in mind, fostering an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset.

Studying at the intersection of music, audiovisual arts, and games

The main subject Composition for Documentary, Animated Film, and Games focuses on composing for audiovisual creations. In the subject Composition for Theater and Live Context, you will learn to think about and create from the power of music as a mediator in different contexts. The virtual orchestration and electroacoustics course units provide you with the technical knowledge needed to thrive in a constantly and rapidly evolving practice. 

Our collaboration with HOWEST offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the medium of games and develop the necessary technical competencies for this specific field. This will enable you to effectively engage creatively. The collaboration with Film Fest Gent offers you an annual opportunity to participate in a wide range of masterclasses, lectures, and film music concerts. 

study programme

60 credits
Course unit
Compositie voor media, video & games master I
Elektroakoestische compositietechnieken 1
Compositie voor theater en live contexts
Keuzevak (music for games, animatiefilmgeschiedenis, film als compositie)
Masterseminaries (2)
Virtuele orkestratie
Kunst in het werkveld
60 credits
Course unit
Masterproef Compositie voor media, video & games
Elektroakoestische compositietechnieken 2
Actuele aspecten van de muziekanalyse
Juridische en zakelijke aspecten van de muziekindustrie
Posttonale compositietechnieken
Muziek in film
audiovisuele compositie
Keuzevak (animatiefilmgeschiedenis, film als compositie, lijst keuzevakken compositie)


To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.

quality assurance

KASK & Conservatorium's programme in music has been assessed against the internationally recognised standards of MusiQuE in 2022.

you'll follow most classes at
9, Biezekapelstraat
9000 Ghent


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