Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice)—Music

Meet the internationally recognised composers and music technologists who teach across film scoring, audio post-production and sound design.

Victoria teaching staff

Guest lecturers

Ewan Clark

Film scoring and orchestration

Ewan Clark

Ewan Clark is a film composer and orchestrator based in Wellington, New Zealand. As an orchestrator, Ewan’s recent projects include Tim Prebble’s score for the feature film One Thousand Ropes, which won Best Original Music in a Film at the 2017 APRA Silver Scrolls. He also orchestrated David Long’s score for Beyond the Edge, which was nominated for the same award in 2014.

As a composer, Ewan has scored the feature length docudrama Doubt: The Scott Watson Case (TVNZ1), the feature film Hotspot: Log in At Own Risk, and numerous short films and documentaries that have screened at film festivals around the globe. Ewan’s compositions and orchestrations have been performed in concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia and Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Ewan holds an MMus in Composition for Screen (Distinction) from the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2012.

David Long

Film scoring and digital orchestration

David Long

David Long composes, performs and produces music, releasing three solo albums, writing for the New Zealand String Quartet and Stroma, a contemporary chamber orchestra and composing for many television dramas and documentaries. He won Achievement in Original Music at the Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards for two years running for his scores for the television series Insider’s Guide to Happiness (2005), and for Insider’s Guide to Love (2006). He is a founding member of the iconic Kiwi rock band The Mutton Birds, and an award-winning album producer for Fur Patrol and Dave Dobbyn.

David has also had a long association with contemporary dance, writing pieces for choreographers such as Douglas Wright, Shona McCullagh and Raewyn Hill. David has worked on all of Sir Peter Jackson’s films over the past decade, often working in collaboration with the musical collective Plan 9. He has composed the score for many feature films including McLaren (Roger Donaldson), Beyond the Edge (Leanne Pooley), The Red House (Alyx Duncan) and contributing additional score for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.

Tom McLeod

Film music composition and orchestration

Tom McLeod

Tom McLeod is a composer and arranger whose dynamic musical background spans many worlds, bringing a diverse range of influences to his work in film and television, theatre and orchestral projects. In 2015 he won the APRA Best Original Music in a series award at the APRA Silver Scrolls for the second year running with TV show Girl vs Boy. In 2016 he was a finalist again in the feature film category with his score for The Art of Recovery.

Tom recently composed the score for 3D feature film Into The Rainbow, recorded in Berlin with the renowned Filmorchester Babelsberg, and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Matt Howe. He also scored Pecking Order, a documentary about chickens that was a crowd favourite at this year’s NZ International Film Festival, and the feature film Kiwi Christmas.