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MFA: Music Composition for the Screen
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MFA: Music Composition for the Screen

Program Overview

The Columbia College Chicago Music Composition for the Screen program offers an advanced degree in music composition for film, television, gaming, and jingles.

Music Composition for the Screen offers the training needed to enter the profession with creative and technical skills which would otherwise have to be acquired on the job, providing a genuine point of entry into this highly competitive field. Students will:

  • learn from working professionals
  • learn on industry-standard equipment
  • build a professional portfolio of film scoring samples

The final courses of the MFA Program are taken on the Los Angeles campus of Raleigh Studios and offers students a real-world experience in preparing an original film score for live recording with a studio orchestra, augmented by an internship with a working composer and career development classes which entail lectures and Q&A with industry professionals ranging from composers, agents, producers, directors, editors, and performance society executives (BMI/ASCAP).  Among those who have contributed to our program in the past are composers Danny Elfman, Don Davis, and David Newman, studio music heads Chris Montan, Robert Kraft, and Paul Broucek, and composer agents Robert Messinger and Maria Machado. The thesis is a score for an advanced level Columbia College film or video project, written, produced, and conducted by the graduating composer with the assistance of industry veterans.

The program incorporates all related aspects of music production from composing and orchestration to in-studio recording and mixing. It is a 54 credit program that full-time students finish in two years.

For More Information:

Application materials and college information may be obtained from:

The Graduate Admissions & Services Office
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 369-7260
gradstudy@colum.edu