Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
MFA Thesis Project
- Students will conceive and complete an original MFA thesis which represents an advanced level of achievement in the field of music creation or sound design for visual media.
- Advanced understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm.
- Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level
- Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level
Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Create music or sound which supports or heightens the emotional impacts of visual images (or visual material).
Production Skills and Technical Knowledge
- Demonstrate expert-level proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques.
- Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs.
- Collaborate effectively with a creative team on a given project, such as a film, television show, animation, game, multimedia project, or commercial.
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
- Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
- Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
- Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
- Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
- Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
- Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
- Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.