A New Standard in Media Scoring Education

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Choose A Program:

Full-Time Masters Program

MFA in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media. 17 recording sessions. (54 credits)

Online Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Film and Game Scoring. 9 recording sessions. (30 credits)

Film Scoring Summer Program

3.5 weeks on the beach of the Black Sea. 4 recording sessions. (6 credits)

 

Our Flagship Program:

Master of Fine Arts in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media

The Ultimate One-Year Practical Experience
for Film and Game Composers

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Dean / Program Director

Andy Hill

Former Vice President of Music Production at Disney, and Author of the acclaimed book "Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music"

Interested in more information? Submit the form:

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Students from the United States can request information about Financial Aid at info@eafa.iamu.edu

17 RECORDING SESSIONS

A new standard in media scoring education. 17 orchestral recording sessions are provided on the MFA programme, in conjunction with filmmakers and directors across Europe, recorded by the European Recording Orchestra (ERO). No re-scores.

 

This is the most substantial portfolio-building package offered by any media scoring Masters programme in the world.

Solo Piano (2x)

String Quintet + 2 Woodwinds

9-piece variety ensemble

15-piece chamber orchestra (2x)

25-piece string, piano, harp ensemble (2x)

38-piece symphony orchestra

41-piece string / woodwind ensemble

Hybrid Ensemble 1: Brass

Hybrid Ensemble 2: Woodwinds

Hybrid Ensemble 3: Strings

Hybrid Ensemble 4: Percussion

 

104-piece symphony orchestra & epic choir

 

110-piece symphony orchestra

38-piece Major Project orchestra

12 MODULE CATALOGUE

Twelve comprehensively designed modules with input from top industry professionals.

Aesthetics & Analysis: A Vocabulary of Motion Picture Music
Advanced Score Analysis & Contemporary Compositional Practice
Techniques of Scoring for the Screen I: Supporting Long-Form Narrative/Theme
Techniques of Scoring for the Screen II: Crafting A Personal Style
Orchestration & Arranging
Music Technology & MIDI Mockups
Studio Conducting & Score Supervision
Sound Design & Electronic Music Composition
Scoring for Games
Recording, Mixing, & Music Editing
Career & Major Project Development
Major Project

TOTAL: 54 CREDITS

STUDENT BENEFITS

An acceptance package and hardware station for all MFA students, as well as life-changing opportunities designed to plug them into the industry and expose their music to the world.

All MFA students will receive:

Steinberg's Dorico Pro

A copy of Dorico Pro 3.5, Steinberg's revolutionary new notation and scoring software.

Film Music Books

Signed & personalized copies of Scoring the Screen (Andy Hill) and The Emerging Film Composer (Richard Bellis)

Hardware Station

A Nektar 61-key MIDI Keyboard (with sustain pedal), a 24" curved Samsung external display, and a powered USB hub.

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Career Mentoring

Career mentoring with our team of World Class Faculty and Guest Lecturers, including George Christopoulos, Agency Director of the Oticons European Film Composers Agency

Industry Relationships

Partnerships with top European Film Schools, so MFA students create scores for original content, forming life-long relationships with film students around the EU -- No re-scores!

Live Performances

Partnerships with the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra, Vratza Symphony and the Varna Opera Orchestra for public performances in Plovdiv and Sofia. Global tours with the Dublin Philharmonic.

UNLIMITED TRANSPORTATION

MFA students will be able to avail of a student transportation card for unlimited transportation via any of the city's public transit means for €0.35 / day.

1080p MULTICAM FOOTAGE

Each recording session is professionally audio and video recorded, and students receive all content from all sessions so they can build portfolios.

MIXING AT DOLI MEDIA STUDIO

Every student will have access to Doli Media Studio's mixing rooms and booths, so they always have the option of mixing on world class equipment.

24/7 ACCESS
VIA SWIPECARD

Students will have 24/7 access to the Film Scoring Academy of Europe Headquarters during their studies via individualized swipecard.

6 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Six merit-based scholarships offered to qualifying students as determined by the Admissions Board, all of which include one-on-one time with the awarding composer.

No additional scholarship applications. All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships.

Mychael Danna Scholarship

The Admissions Board and Mychael Danna will grant the "Mychael Danna Scholarship" to an accepted student in Spring 2021. Submit the program deposit before January 1st, 2021 to qualify.

Amount:

€5,000

Conrad Pope Scholarship

The Admissions Board and Conrad Pope will grant the "Conrad Pope Scholarship" to an accepted student in Spring 2021. Submit the program deposit before February 1st, 2021 to qualify.

Amount:

€5,000

Jan Kaczmarek Scholarship

The Admissions Board and Jan A. P. Kaczmarek will grant the "Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Scholarship" to an accepted student in Spring 2021. Submit the program deposit before March 1st, 2021 to qualify.

Amount:

€5,000

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    Maria Zaharenia

    USA / Greece

    2020 Conrad Pope Scholarship Recipient

  • Trimor Dhomi

    Kosovo

    2020 Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Scholarship Recipient

Alliance for Women Film Composers

AWFC
Scholarship

The Admissions Board and the Alliance for Women Film Composers will make a joint decision and name an annual "AWFC Scholarship" recipient.

Amount:

€5,000

Andy Hill
Scholarship

The Admissions Board and Programme Director Andy Hill will make a joint decision and name an annual "Andy Hill Scholarship" recipient. 

Amount:

€2,500

Oticons Faculty International Film Music Competition

Oticons Faculty Scholarship

The Admissions Board and the Oticons Faculty Jury will make a joint decision and name an annual "Oticons Faculty Scholarship" recipient.

Amount:

€2,500

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    Tania Vanegas

    Sweden

    2020 Women Film Composers Scholarship Recipient

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    Maya Harrigan

    Bulgaria

    2020 Andy Hill
    Scholarship Recipient

MULTIMEDIA

Browse some of our videos, including showcased student works, faculty interviews and informational clips.

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 - https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa Norway: Lanekassen - https://www.lanekassen.no/ Colombia: Colfuturo - https://www.colfuturo.org/




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 www.numbeo.com 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.




Technology Requirements


Technology Requirements: -- 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 Technology Recommendations: -- 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.




Application Requirements


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




Visa Requirements


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.





European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia is an Instructional Site of Irish American UniversityIAMU is an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Academy of Art, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, West Point United States Military Academy, and more.

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