Composing for Theater and Motion Picture

Liszt Academy of Music

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The Composing for Theater and Motion Picture programme is offered by the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.


The Franz Liszt Academy of Music (FLAM) together with the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest (UTFA) is pleased to offer their combined course for those interested in composing for theater and motion picture. The context of the program of study is the great Hungarian tradition of film composers, such as: Miklos Rozsa, Ferenc Farkas and musical theater, operetta composers, such as Emmerich Kalman and Franz Lehar.

Our students will analyze and write compositions using a variety of historic techniques and styles. Students will study and write pieces in the styles of the Renaissance – (J. Ockeghem, G. Palestrina, O.Lassus), Baroque – (J.S. Bach, G. Handel, A. Vivaldi) Romanticism – (F. Liszt, F. Chopin).

Special consideration will be given to 20th- and 21st century compositional tendencies and techniques. Students will be required to write exercises using the techniques of the 20th century, studying and gaining understanding of the styles of B. Bartók, A. Schönberg, A. Webern, P. Boulez and J. Cage. It does not necessarily follow that a traditionally trained composer will automatically be a good film or theater composer. To feel the special, unmistakable air of stage, one has to experience the life of theater to understand the role and function of music in theater. The same is also true for film music composition: besides traditional compositional training the emergent composer needs to be aware of today's technology and high level studio work.

Our department offers students the unique opportunity to work as composers alongside students aspiring to become directors, filmmakers, playwrights, scriptwriters, editors, choreographers and actors.

Students of these different disciplines will work closely together – taking certain combined classes together, from which personal and professional bonds will grow facilitating creative collaborations. To develop composition skills for the theater, our students will collaborate with theater students and will have the opportunity to write incidental music for final theater productions, songs within different genres. Instruction will be given in the process of musical rehearsal with actors. Similarly, students will participate creatively in the film making process. A composer will be teamed with a director, cinematographer, scriptwriter, sound recordist, sound designer, editor and producer to create a short film for their final exam.

The program includes a comprehensive introduction to the art of film making and explores the various skills involved in direction, visual composition, editing and pacing and scriptwriting. In addition it covers the general history and development of the moving image. The courses will be taught by professors of UTFA.

The Composing for Theater and Motion Picture programme is offered by the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

Programme Structure

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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • secondary school leaving certificate, TOEFL or IELTS language certificate
  •  The entrance examinations for all courses at the Liszt Academy of Music take place at the end of June and at the beginning of July. Applicants are informed about the exact date of their entrance examination during May. The entrance examinations take place at the Liszt Academy of Music, in Budapest, Hungary. All applicants are required to appear before the Entrance Examination Committe in person for the examinations. Live streaming, video streaming, DVDs, CDs, or any other recordings are not accepted as a substitute. Applicants are informed about the result of the entrance examinations in July. Entry requirements: Applicants are to take a practical examination in their chosen specialisation (live audition), and theoretical examination (written examination).

Tuition Fee


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Composing for Theater and Motion Picture
Liszt Academy of Music