Screen Scoring

Master of Music

  • The program details described below are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • Refer to the 2016-2017 USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.

Overview

This two-semester master’s program focuses on the art and craft of composing, orchestrating, programming, conducting, producing, recording, mixing, editing, copying and integrating music for screen-based media, including motion pictures, television programming, video games, Internet fare and other new visual media. Classes are also offered in technology, entrepreneurialism and the business of making movies.

For more information, go to the program website, including a guided tour of the program, faculty profiles and course descriptions, samples of the student composers’ works, application requirements and procedures, and a calendar of all Screen Scoring events.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (4 units)

SCOR 502 Individual Instruction in Advanced Screen Scoring (Units: 1 and 2)
  Four units total of SCOR 502

Program Intensive Courses (32 units)

CTPR 410 The Movie Business: From Story Concept to Exhibition (2 Units)
CTPR 473 Spotting Music for Cinema (2 Units)
SCOR 503a Advanced Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (2 Units)
SCOR 503b Advanced Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (2 Units)
SCOR 504a Orchestral Scoring (2 Units)
SCOR 504b Orchestral Scoring (2 Units)
SCOR 505a Advanced Game Scoring and Integration (2 Units)
SCOR 505b Advanced Game Scoring and Integration (2 Units)
SCOR 506 Applied Techniques in Contemporary Scoring (2 Units)
SCOR 511a History of Film Scoring (2 Units)
SCOR 511b History of Film Scoring (2 Units)
SCOR 512 Entrepreneurialism for the Screen Composer (2 Units)
SCOR 521a Recording, Mixing and Editing for the Screen Composer (2 Units)
SCOR 521b Recording, Mixing and Editing for the Screen Composer (2 Units)
SCOR 523a Advanced Screen Scoring Technology (2 Units)
SCOR 523b Advanced Screen Scoring Technology (2 Units)

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation.