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Application Instructions - MM in Film Composition

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Master of Music in Film Composition Application

Who Should Apply?

  •  Composers/musicians with an undergraduate degree and advanced training in music.
  •  Individuals seeking to launch a career in composing, orchestrating, and producing music for film, TV, video games, and other media (web and flash-based media, advertising, corporate materials, etc.)
  •  Active Film/Media Composers with some experience seeking the thorough, formal training needed to take their careers and work to a higher level.

Please complete the online form linked below to apply for the Master of Music in Film Composition at the Seattle Film Institute. (If you need to apply to The Master of Arts (MA) in Producing for Film  or the  Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking please go to the other Graduate Programs Application page).

If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree you are still welcome to apply as long as you will have earned your degree before the start of classes in the Fall.  Please enter your projected graduation date into the "Date Ended" field for your undergraduate institution on the APPLICATION page.

Application Deadline

We offer rolling admissions, there is no deadline to apply.  We recommend applying early.

Once we receive your application and all the supporting documents and portfolio materials, we will process it and inform you of our decision within 2 - 3 weeks. 

Once the class is filled, we start a waiting list. However, receipt of your tuition deposit is the only way to guarantee a space in the class once you have been accepted.

Master of Music Application Checklist:

  • To be considered for a graduate degree program, you must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before the start of classes in the Fall. You must also have earned a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA), based on a 4.0 scale earned during the last half of the credits towards the undergraduate degree.
  • ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We require the TOEFL for all international students unless you have earned your undergraduate degree from an English speaking university, college, or school.  Our institution code is B443.
    • 100-120: Accepted
    • 80-99: Accepted if individual category scores are at least 20
    • 75-79: Applicants may be interviewed to demonstrate English proficiency
    • 74 or below: Not eligible
    • IELTS scores of 6.5 and above are also accepted
  • All applicants to the Master of Music in Film Composition  Program must submit the following materials:
  1. APPLICATION document.
  2. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Whenever possible, your letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by the letter writer. All letters of recommendation must arrive in a sealed envelope with the writer’s signature across the flap, whether sent directly or forwarded by the applicant.
  3. Please submit three scores of your recent compositions that you feel represent you well as a composer. These works should demonstrate composing in different styles/genres and should be written for different instrumentations. Please mail directly to the Graduate Admissions office address below.

  4. Include audio recordings of your works (MIDI or live performance). At least one recording must be using a live ensemble.

  5. Application Processing Fee: US$50 check or money order made out to Seattle Film Institute.

  6. TRANSCRIPTS: An official transcript from any and all colleges/universities attended with evidence of the minimum of an earned four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or U.S. equivalent.
    This includes original transcripts from any institution where you might have taken credits that later transferred to another school. Whenever possible, your transcripts should come directly to the Graduate Admissions Office from the college/university of origin.


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