Graduate Admissions

Music Composition for the Screen MFA

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15, 2011

MFA IN MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR THE SCREEN
Columbia College Chicago's MFA in Music Composition 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.

the hallmark of this two-year MFA program is the personal attention students receive from experienced faculty and working music and film professionals

The hallmark of this two-year MFA program is the personal attention students receive from experienced faculty and working music and film professionals. In a supportive environment students prepare for successful careers as composers by undertaking serious creative and technical studies, building strong portfolios, engaging in collaborative projects across disciplines, and developing vital industry connections.

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
The path to artistic and professional accomplishment begins with four semesters on campus in Chicago's South Loop. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and embark on an intense interdisciplinary course of study that draws upon the resources of five academic departments: Music, Film & Video, Audio Arts & Acoustics, Theatre, and Television.

students are equipped with all the tools they need to create distinctive music in response to a variety of dramatic problems and to present their work across multiple platforms

The carefully calibrated curriculum examines the unique complexities of writing music for film and incorporates all related aspects of music production—from composing and orchestration to in-studio recording and mixing—and all applications of the craft—from film and television to video game and live performance scoring. Students are equipped with all the tools they need to create distinctive music in response to a variety of dramatic problems and to present their work across multiple platforms.

WHY COLUMBIA?
In the setting of the nation's largest film school, music composition students have the opportunity to develop career-building relationships with peers across disciplines. They interact with a diverse group of up-and-coming filmmakers and other students of the dramatic arts and establish meaningful professional networks which accompany them into the field. The vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago provides the backdrop for study in this exciting, collaborative college environment.

SEMESTER IN LA
The program culminates with a five-week summer semester in Los Angeles. In the heart of Hollywood at the historic Raleigh Studios-the longest continuously operating studio in the country-students gain real-world experience in the creative, technical, and business aspects of the craft through focused tutorials in conducting, scoring and career development. The experience is enhanced by direct exposure to the profession through industry internships and is enlivened by face-to-face encounters and mentorships with representatives of the field. Among those who have contributed to the program are: composers Danny Elfman and David Newman; studio music heads Chris Montan, Robert Kraft, and Paul Broucek; and composer agents Robert Messinger and Maria Machado.

the program culminates with a five-week summer semester in Los Angeles

The thesis, often completed during the Los Angels semester, is a score for a short film or video project that is written, produced, and conducted by the student for live recoding with a studio orchestra. Many graduates choose to remain in Los Angeles after completing their project, using their industry connections, mature portfolio, and comprehensive training as a launch pad for their career. Those who have done so then become a source of professional help and support to future graduates, furthering the program's goal of infusing the field with a new sense of artistry and purpose.