Graduate Admissions

Music Composition for the Screen MFA

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Music Composition for the Screen, MFA

Columbia College Chicago’s Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is one of the nation’s few advanced degrees in writing music for film, television, and other visual media, and is recognized by industry leaders as a genuine point of entry into this highly competitive field. Students receive personal attention from experienced faculty and working music and film professionals. Students undertake creative and technical studies, build strong portfolios, engage in collaborative projects across disciplines, and develop vital industry connections.

students receive personal attention from experienced faculty and working music and film professionals
Well-Rounded Curriculum

The program’s curriculum offers the opportunity to create distinctive music for a variety of media including film, television, and games.  Students examine all aspects of music production, from composing and orchestration to in-studio recording and mixing.  This advanced music knowledge, combined with the study of the different mediums they will be composing for, produces students who are well-rounded professionals.

students examine all aspects of music production, from composing and orchestration to in-studio recording and mixing

Study in L.A.

The final five weeks of the program take place in Los Angeles, at Hollywood’s historic Raleigh Studios.  Students gain real-world experience in the creative, technical, and business aspects of the craft and are exposed to the profession through internships.  It is here that students develop contacts and establish mentors, as well as complete their thesis, a score for a short film or video that is written, produced, and conducted by the student for live recording with a studio orchestra.

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