Columbia College Chicago

Music Composition for the Screen MFA


600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.F.A. - Music Composition for the Screen

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Columbia College Chicago’s Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is one of the nation’s few advanced degrees in writing music for film, television, and other visual media, and is recognized by industry leaders as a genuine point of entry into this highly competitive field. Students receive personal attention from experienced faculty and working music and film professionals. Students undertake creative and technical studies, build strong portfolios, engage in collaborative projects across disciplines, and develop vital industry connections. The program culminates in five-week sessions in Lost Angeles at the historic Raleigh Studios, where students experience direct exposure to the profession. Candidates of the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program will: • Receive personal attention and feedback from working music and film professionals that make up the program’s faculty • Become well rounded professionals who are not only versed in all areas of music production, but also the mediums they compose for including film, television, and games • Spend five weeks in L.A. establishing professional relationships, undergoing internships, and being exposed to all creative, technical, and business aspects of the industry • Complete scores for short films which are written, produced, and conducted by the students for a recording with a studio orchestra


Accredited at graduate and undergrad levels by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Also accredited as teacher training institution by Illinois State Board of Education

International Student Requirements:

International students are required to submit an official TOEFL score of 100 or greater on the internet based test. For more information about requirements for international students at the graduate level, please visit our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 54

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,000.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): $54,000 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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