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.

Composing For and Against Expectation

PNWFS Assistant Director Sammy Applegate will be on a panel at the Seattle International Film Festival to discuss film music this coming Monday. 3:45 PM - A panel discussion on when to score a scene to empower the action or emotional undercurrents, and when to score against that expectation.

[05/17/17]   We're back from Spring Break and ankle deep into our next film project. Hard to believe there are only 10 weeks left of the 2016-17 year!

[05/05/17]   Happy Cinco de Mayo and last day of third quarter for our 2016-17 class. Hard to believe there are only 10 weeks left before these guys officially become Masters!

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

There's only one month left to register to get the best deal early-bird special!

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.

Back at Studio X for our 6th session of the year with the 2016-17 class.

BBQ potluck as the students prepare their music for tomorrow's session.

2014-15 graduate Steven Scott was a member of the Orchestration Team for the new Guardians of the Galaxy film. As if we needed another reason to go watch it. Congratulations!

2015-16 graduate Paul Humphrey decided to visit today and talk with the current students about working in LA.

Session #5 today. We're recording scores for two films with a 15 piece orchestra.

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