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Turn your appreciation of great music and sound into a brilliant career. Learn about harmony, orchestration, composition and scoring, as well as sound design, editing, and mixing techniques from industry professionals, and apply these skills in film and video game production. Join us today and take the first step toward this exciting and rapidly evolving field.
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MA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Production Skills and Technical Knowledge
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
MA Sound Design Degree Requirements
Listening Skills and Critical Thinking
Soundtrack for Visual Media
The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise.
MFA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements
MFA Thesis Project
MFA Sound Design Degree Requirements
Please see Degree Breakdown for requirements for the program. Explore our course catalog and take classes based on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.
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The MFA degree provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media. Studio courses focus on the techniques necessary to develop and master technical skills. Graduate Liberal Arts courses promote the expression of ideas and effective communication utilizing visual, oral and written presentation skills. The program culminates with an independent final project. Students will graduate from the program equipped with a portfolio of work and prepared for professional opportunities in the field of music production and sound design.
Soundtrack Production Lead, School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media