MA in Composition; MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media; MFA in Music Performance and Literature
The master of fine arts in electronic music and recording media keeps Mills at the forefront of new music. Directed by a core faculty of distinguished composers, including John Bischoff, Chris Brown, James Fei, Maggi Payne, and Technical Director Les Stuck, this program welcomes composers who are working in electronic music and recording media.
The master of arts program in composition at Mills College has trained generations of composers from all over the world in the American Experimentalist tradition. Composition students at Mills learn in a free-thinking environment that encourages creative work in a wide variety of styles. In addition to courses in orchestration, tonal and post-tonal analysis, and contemporary music criticism, they are encouraged to cross disciplinary boundaries and to pursue studies in special areas of interest that may include improvisation, indeterminacy, and environmental sound composition, as well as composing for dance and film.
Our master of fine arts in music performance and literature offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of repertoires and techniques—from traditional solo and chamber music to recently composed works, from notated music to indeterminate scores. The program has two options: one dedicated to the performance of composed music and the other to improvisation. Students in both sections learn in a dynamic environment in which older traditions inform contemporary idioms and new music inspires re-evaluation of work from earlier periods.
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International Student Requirements:
International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination (TOEFL). Graduate admission to our programs in English and Computer Science require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for the paper exam, or 250 for the computer-based exam. All other programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam.
We will need two copies of official English translation transcripts as well as two copies of the transcripts in the native language of your undergraduate and graduate work, showing a strong academic record.
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Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999