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

Program Heads

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Phone
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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 (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)
- 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
Examinations

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2018 semester.
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The 60-credit master of fine arts in Media Scoring combines advanced knowledge with practical experience in the production of music and sound for media, including film, television, video games, animation, and other commercial applications. Areas of study include music composition, conducting, orchestration, music supervision, music business, music editing, sound design, and recording. Media Scoring students take classes at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and collaborate directly on visual media projects as part of their curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty as well as in small group classes, developing the knowledge and skills to master the scoring process as it exists today

Admissions requirements:
Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree satisfy the undergraduate requirements of this program. General matriculation and admissions requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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, 7342X, 7343X, 7352X, 7353X, 7354X, 7378X, 7385X, 7440X, 7663X, 7871X, 7872X.

b) At least 12 credits of graduate cinema courses approved by the program Director. Recommended courses include: Film 7011G, 7012G, 7013G, 7014G, 7021G, 7022G, 7023G 7811G, and 7953G.

c) At least 9 additional credits of electives in graduate courses approved by the program Director. Recommended courses include Music 7015X, 7016X, 7225X, 7226X, 7344X, 7345X, 7370X, 7386X, 7371G, 7372G, 7606G, 7664X, 7636X, 7646X, 7873X, 7874X, 7642X, 7881X, 7882X, 7883X, U7911X, U7912X, and U7913X. One or two additional semesters of Music 7341X may also be taken for credit as an elective.


Additional requirements for a M.F.A. degree

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.