ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
2020-2021 Academic Calendar
Two semesters of course work with a third semester dedicated to the Major Project.
The 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has been updated due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have delayed the beginning of semester 1 by one month.
2020-2021 Academic Calendar
SEMESTER 1 -- Full-time, presence in Sofia required
Oct. 5, 2020 -- Semester 1 commences
Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 18 -- Final day of classes
Dec. 20 -- Final Semester 1 Recording Session
Dec. 21 -- Winter break
SEMESTER 2 -- Full-time, presence in Sofia required
Jan. 4, 2021 -- Semester 1 Classes Resume
Jan. 25 -- Semester 2 Classes Begin
Feb. 15-19 -- Reading / Writing week
Mar. 17 -- St. Patrick's Day Holiday
Apr. 19-23 -- Reading / Writing week
May 14 -- Final day of classes
May 31 -- Semester 2 ends
SEMESTER 3 - Presence in Sofia Optional
Students can avail of our "Black Sea Composers Residency" for Summer 2021!
Jun. 1, 2021 -- Semester 3 commences
Sept. 10, 2021 -- Semester 3 ends
Tuition & Fees
Total Course Tuition: €34,300
2020-2021 Payment Schedule
Program Deposit: €2,000 (Due ASAP)
Tuition Downpayment: €5,000 (Due June 1, 2020)
Payment 1: €10,300 (Due October 1, 2020)
Payment 2: €8,500 (Due January 1, 2021)
Payment 3: €8,500 (Due March 1, 2021)
The MFA program at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe is the most affordable full-time Masters program in film & game scoring available today, while simultaneously offering more recording sessions, more opportunities, and more benefits to students than any other program in the world.
Be sure to check out the "Costs of Living in Sofia" dropdown to see how much more affordable Sofia is compared to other major European and American cities.
Financial Aid Programs:
USA: FAFSA -
Norway: Lanekassen -
Colombia: Colfuturo -
Costs of Living in Sofia
Costs of living in Sofia are extremely low in comparison to other major European and American cities. Exponentially cheaper than LA, NYC, London, Valencia, or Boston, while maintaining a comfortable standard of living.
Sofia, Bulgaria compared to other cities that are home to Film Scoring Masters degrees:
73% lower than New York City
65% lower than London
64% lower than Los Angeles
66% lower than Boston
30% lower than Valencia
For more information on comparing prices between cities, visit
The Film Scoring Academy of Europe has real estate agents in Sofia that work to help MFA students find accommodation that fits their needs and budget.
MFA students will be able to avail of a student travel scheme, providing them unlimited travel throughout the entire city of Sofia on all forms of public transportation for
€0.35 per day.
MFA Students who wish to live together will be able to find shared accommodation for as low as €150 - €200 per month.
MFA Students wo wish to live alone will be able to find accommodation for as low as €350 - €400 per month.
-- Avid Pro Tools 12
-- DAW (Logic Pro X, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc.)
-- NI Kontakt Full
-- Serum by Xfer Records
-- High Quality Reference Headphones
-- Industry Standard Orchestral Sound Libraries
-- Apple Macbook Pro (minimum quad-core, 16GB ram, SSD)
-- EastWest Composer Cloud
-- NotePerformer Playback Engine
-- Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5
-- Soundtoys, Slate Digital, or Waves Mixing Suite
-- 1TB External SSD for Sound Libraries
-- MIDI Keyboard (for home use)
All students will receive a free copy of Steinberg's revolutionary new notation and scoring software, Dorico Pro 3. Students will also have access to a hardware station in the Film Scoring Academy of Europe headquarters that is equipped with a Nektar 61-key MIDI keyboard (with sustain pedal), a 24" curved external display, and a powered USB hub.
Submitting your free application is simple. Click on the Apply page and follow the instructions.
-- Submission of the Official Application and a Letter of Interest
-- CV / Resume
-- 3 Examples of your work in audio or audio/video format
-- 2-3 scores (can be same or different material as the 3 audio/video examples)
-- Copy of Music Degrees and/or Certifications
-- Non-native English speakers may be asked to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency, if deemed necessary by the Admissions Board
-- Applicants may also be required to demonstrate proof of Music Theory proficiency, if deemed necessary by the Admissions Board
Accepted students from the EU do not need a Visa.
Accepted students from outside the EU will require a Type-D Student Visa, and support on this process will be provided by our partner University, NATFA.
It is advisable that accepted students from outside the EU prepare the Student Visa requirements on the Bulgarian Embassy website in their country.