Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television


The USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program is one of the world’s most acclaimed programs of its kind. With a faculty including working professionals in the film, television and video game industries, and with a legacy including such luminaries as Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, David Raksin and Jerry Goldsmith, the SMPTV program offers its graduates unrivalled practical experience and industry connections. Partnered with the USC School for Cinematic Arts, student composers have numerous opportunities to collaborate with student filmmakers, producing the music for more than 70 films per year. Additionally, students score a number of projects with union musicians on Hollywood scoring stages and studios including Capitol Records and the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. USC Thornton alumni include Bruce Broughton, James Horner, James Newton Howard, David Newman, Marco Beltrami and others. Many have gone on to receive numerous Oscar and Emmy nominations and awards.

For a more in-depth look at the SMPTV program, please visit the program website.

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Oscar nominations for Thomas Newman and John Williams

January 21, 2016

Two members of the USC Thornton family have received Academy Award nominations in the category of “Best Music – Original Score.” Composer and Board of Councilors member Thomas Newman received his nomination for the score to “Bridge of Spies.” In the same category, Thornton collaborator and honorary alumnus John Williams… read more

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