M.F.A. degree program in media scoring
HEGIS code 1004.10
NYS SED program code 37733

Program Heads

Office Hours
Zalben, Jonathan Program Director 718-237-3410 x 1011 Feirstein Graduate School jonathan.zalben @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory Of
Fall Application Deadline Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Statement of purpose of approximately 500 words, typed, double-spaced, explaining your experience, artistic vision, and career goals.
- Two letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or other people familiar with you and your work.

Submit a creative portfolio of 2-3 completed works containing scores, sound recordings, video files with soundtracks, documentation of works and performances, and artist's notes on each work. The portfolio must be uploaded through SlideRoom at https://feirsteincinema.slideroom.com/#/Login.

Selected applicants will be interviewed, either during a campus visit (recommended) or via telephone or video conference. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but have unusual talent or experience equivalent to course work.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79


The 60-credit master of fine arts in Media Scoring is for the composer who seeks advanced knowledge and practical experience in the composition and production of music scores for media, including cinema, television, video games, animation, and other commercial applications. The three-year program trains historically and theoretically informed, technically skilled composers who are working in collaborative contexts with visual media, and who are pursuing careers in the arts and commercial media industry. The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills directly related to the process of scoring as it exists today, providing matriculated students with an understanding of the art and business of visual media and with experience in the technologies commercially used for this field. The curriculum includes two semesters of weekly private composition lessons and two semesters of private capstone project lessons with a member of our faculty.

Admission requirements:
Applicants for this M.F.A. program in Media Scoring must have completed a bachelor's degree in music, or have a completed bachelor's degree with at least 36 credits in music courses (including courses in analysis, counterpoint, harmony, and history). Applicants must have experience as composers and an existing portfolio of works.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Media Scoring M.F.A. Curriculum
Sixty credits are required for the master of fine arts degree in Media Scoring.

Courses in the Conservatory of Music offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses. The program of study must be approved by the Conservatory.

Courses required include (a-c):

a) All of the following sixteen Music courses (39 credits): Music 7203X, 7341X taken and completed four times, Music 7342X, 7343X, 7352X, 7353X, 7354X, 7378X, 7385X, 7440X, 7663X, 7871X, 7872X.

b) The following 12 credits of Film M.F.A. courses: Film 7013G World Cinema to 1960, Film 7023G World Cinema 1960-Present, Film 7202G Cinema Aesthetics, Film 7811G Production Workshop II: Post-Production

c) At least 9 additional credits of electives in graduate courses approved by the program Director. Recommended courses include MUSC 7015X, 7016X, 7664X, 7371G, 7372G, 7873X, 7874X, 7386X, 7606G, and 7642X.

Additional requirements for a M.F.A. degree
A placement assessment will be given to entering students to assess their level of skill and understanding of digital media skills and essential music skills. Students who do not demonstrate adequate skills will be asked to complete remedial coursework.

All students in this program must meet with faculty for a formal progress evaluation. This will occur for full-time students near the end of their second semester in the program. For part-time students, it will happen after they have completed twelve credits of coursework in the program.

All candidates for this degree must complete a capstone project. This project will be researched and created in close consultation with a faculty member during the Media Scoring Capstone Seminar I and II courses. It must be a new creative or research work deemed of substantial significance and approved by the Media Scoring faculty.