Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at SFI

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program is the music department of the Seattle Film Institute and offers a Masters of Music in Film Composition.

We offer a Master of Music in Film Composition degree which can be attained in 40 weeks. We are the only one-year film composition graduate program in the United States.

Some of the unique qualities about our program include:
• 9 live recording sessions with professional players (not students) ranging from 3 to 52 musicians to give our students opportunities to score with a wide variety of ensembles
• Scoring sessions are done at Studio X – Seattle’s premiere world-class studio
• Students have 7 opportunities to hone their podium skills conducting their own work in the sessions
• Each student has the opportunity to work with multiple directors and score actual film projects submitted to the program from film schools across the globe
• Classes in all major notation and sequencer software programs being used in the industry today
• Each student is assigned a state-of-the-art workstation fully installed with all taught software, sample libraries and plug-ins (you do not need to already own or purchase your own computer, equipment or software)

Being a one-year Masters program allows our students to begin their careers in the industry a year sooner than other traditional programs. Graduates of our program have been very successful going on to work on a number of projects including: (television shows) Once Upon a Time, Castle, Empire, American Idol; (video games) World of Warcraft, Spate, Dungeons of Dreadmor; (films) The Revenant, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Master of Music in Film Composition Application | Seattle Film Institute

We're not even halfway through our current school year and our 2017-18 class is already starting to fill up! If you have ever thought about having a career in music for film, television, video games, or other media, then check us out. In just under a year you could have a Master of Music in Film Composition degree, extensive training, and a professional demo reel to give you a head start in the industry.

Our program offers:
- 9 live recording sessions with professional musicians at Studio X, Seattle's premiere, world-class studio.
- Opportunities to work with directors to score actual films from programs all over the world.
- Training in all software programs used in the industry.
- A state-of-the-art workstation assigned to each student fully installed with the latest versions of all software, libraries, and plug-ins needed to complete the program.

We are the only one-year Master of Music in Film Composition program offered in the United States and we have been ranked the #4 film music program in the world by Music School Central. Our fully accredited program also offers the most affordable tuition out of competing programs and our students have access to FAFSA financial assistance as well.

Seats are still available for the 2017-18 class and there is no deadline to apply but we are starting to fill up. So, apply now and you could be joining the ranks of our graduates who have gone on to work television shows such as Castle, Empire, and Once Upon a Time; video games such as World of Warcraft, Spate, and Destiny; and films such as The Revenant, Trolls, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Online application form for Seattle Film Institute's Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition by the Northwest Film Scoring Program.

[01/02/17]   Happy New Year from all of us here at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program! We're back in class today and preparing for our second recording session which is right around the corner.

First session for the 2016-17 Masters students!

It begins...

Learning a thing or two about mic placement this morning. We call it an educational jam session.

Watching our Concertmaster demonstrate string techniques leading up to our first recording session on Friday.

[12/09/16]   The weather outside has been frightful but recording sessions are so delightful. One more week until we're in the studio for the 2016-17 class's first recording session!

PNWFS Summer Intensive Program in Seattle | Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program is proud to announce its Summer Intensive Program!
July 31st - August 11th, 2017
Come study the art, craft, and business of music for film and other media in a two-week seminar with 2 time Emmy Award winning composer/arranger Dr. Hummie Mann, as well as other veterans of the industry and a group of students from around the world and around the music industry.
Register before June 5th, 2017 for an early-bird discount of $250!!
We look forward to seeing you in Seattle this summer! Come study the art, craft, and business of music for film and other media in a two-week seminar with 2 time Emmy Award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann, other veterans of the industry, and a group of students from around the world and around the music industry.





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