12 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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The Screen Scoring MM program offered at University of Southern California is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media; in fact, The Hollywood Erporter recently ranked the program #1.


Study Screen Scoring at University of Southern California

Partnered with the University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts, the Screen Scoring MM program provides student composers the unique opportunity to collaborate with student filmmakers and game designers in creating music for more than 100 annual film, television and game projects. These projects generally are created “in the box” or are scored on USC’s John William Scoring Stage with Thornton student-musicians. Additionally, as part of their course work, student composers record approximately 10 scoring projects with professional musicians and engineers on Hollywood-area scoring stages. The capstone recording session is comprised of 64 professional players and takes place on the Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage.

Many notable USC Thornton alumni have been honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta, Emmy, and/or Grammy nominations and awards, including Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, James Dooley, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, David Newman, John Nordstrom, Duncan Thum, and current faculty members Bruce Broughton, Daniel Carlin, Laura Karpman, Garry Schyman, Lawrence Shragge, and Chris Young.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Individual Instruction 
  • Composition Forum 
  • Advanced Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television 
  • Orchestral Scoring 
  • Advanced Game Scoring & Integration 
  • History of Film Scoring 
  • Entrepreneurialism for the Screen Composer 
  • Recording, Mixing, & Editing Music for the Screen Composer 
  • Advanced Screen Scoring Technology 
  • Studio Conducting and Contemporary Score Analysis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A video introduction of yourself seated at your workstation that is 2 to 3 minutes in length. 
  • Full score manuscripts (with optional sketches) in PDF format of three original compositions
  • Audio recordings of your three submitted compositions
  • The Video Introduction, Compositions, and Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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