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BM, Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Work closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers and receive intensive training in the technology, techniques, and contemporary trends of music for media. You'll have the opportunity to record with different ensembles and collaborate with student filmmakers from NYU Tisch.

Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition (concentration in Screen Scoring)

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadlines
Fall Early Decision 1
Fall Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Fall Internal Transfer Applications
Fall Transfer Applications

You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, music core courses, and screen scoring specific courses, working closely with renowned composition faculty. You will be able to choose from a wide range of electives in Music Composition and Songwriting, Music Technology, Music Business, and any other discipline offered at NYU. You’ll master current music technology such as software, sample libraries, synthesizers, and audio processors to produce music that is ready for the media industry.

Every semester, you will work individually with a composer from our faculty in the private lessons. You will also work closely with your advisor to achieve your personal and professional goals. In addition, our dedicated faculty and staff will work with you in the opportunities that we offer such as collaborations and recording sessions.

You'll have the opportunity to record with different ensembles, from hybrid sessions with virtuosic soloists to symphonic orchestras. In these sessions, you will become the composer, music editor, or producer in an environment that reproduces the intensity of the professional world. 

In our multiple networking events with film students, animators, video game designers, or documentary makers, you will get to pitch your music, practice networking, and score projects that often are released to the public in festivals or as a finished product. 

Additionally, you'll collaborate with student filmmakers from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Overall, our students have scored over a thousand films in collaboration with Tisch, many of which have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

You'll also have the opportunity to study music abroad at NYU Prague or NYU Paris, receiving specialized music training in music composition, music history and theory, music performance, and other related topics of study.

You'll be actively involved in the performance of your works – in concerts and readings by NYU performing ensembles, and chamber groups specially hired for composition concerts – and collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors at NYU and throughout NYC. 

In our series of workshops called Fridays@1, and in the Composers Forum, you will interact with top composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives. They will often critique your work and provide advice on how to be successful in the industry.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Sergi Casanelles at


Our students work with filmmakers in a variety of different contexts forging many successful and long-lasting relationships.

Recording and Performance

Students participate in recording sessions that serve as our laboratory for current scoring practices.

Screen Scoring Summer Workshops

Hone your skills in scoring for TV, film, advertising, or videogames at one of our summer workshops in the epicenter of the global music and film industries, NYC.

Friday@1 Series

Our Friday@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond.

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