'The Hollywood Reporter' Once Again Names Columbia’s Music Composition for Screen MFA the Best in World

For the second year in a row, “The Hollywood Reporter” ranks Columbia College Chicago's graduate program in Music No. 1.

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) once again ranked Columbia College Chicago as the No. 1 music school in the world, specifically recognizing Columbia’s Music Composition for Screen MFA. This is the second consecutive year that Columbia has earned this distinction.  

THR bases its ranking on a poll of members Hollywood’s Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Composers Diversity Collective, the Alliance of Women Film Composers, and music branch members from the Motion Picture Academy and Television Academy. 

Led by Kubilay Uner, associate professor and graduate program director of the Music Department at Columbia, the graduate program focuses on film, television, advertising, video games, and interactive media. Students have an opportunity to complete a five-week semester in Los Angeles, interning with professional composers and working with professional musicians and engineers. 

This year, THR highlighted new full-time faculty member Lee Sanders, lead composer for CBS’ long-running reality series "The Amazing Race" and composer-in-residence Jongnic Bontemps who is known for scoring “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”  

“Students get to work on big blockbuster material with a guy who knows how to score big blockbusters,” Uner told THR.  

Uner was elated to make the top spot last year, but this year’s ranking is especially meaningful.  

“Since staying at the top is even harder than making it there, I consider this year’s repeat an even bigger recognition of the work we do,” Uner says.