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Music & Sound for Visual Media

Creating music for film, television, video games, or any other visual medium involves a unique combination of musical expertise and aesthetic sensibility. The Academy of Art University's Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media program offers training in traditional music as well as instruction in 21st-century production technologies. We offer courses in harmony, arranging, orchestration, scoring, music production techniques, and music editing taught by working professionals.

You'll learn the language of music and how to apply it to the expanding world of visual media, exploring the symbiotic relationship between music and narrative and how music helps tell your story. Students will graduate with a demo reel to take to potential employers. Online students have the advantage of self-paced learning, flexible schedules, fewer class fees, and clear presentation of materials, with the opportunity to review and master each concept before continuing to the next.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Students in this program receive master-level training in the language of music and how to apply that language to visual media, including film, television, Web, video games, and animation. Coursework is designed to provide a strong foundation in music fundamentals as well as a broad-based approach to all aspects of collaborative work in the industry, including the latest computer-based production tools. The graduate program culminates in a thesis project designed to showcase the student's accumulated acumen in music for visual media.

Bachelor of Arts (BFA)

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to teach the language of music and how to apply that language to visual media, including film, television, Web, video games, and animation. Coursework will provide a strong foundation in music fundamentals as well as tools to help you capture the right emotional tone with music to fit the visual. Our approach is dedicated to practical, hands-on training in a collaborative framework, utilizing the latest computer-based production tools for a thorough training in all the latest technology applications of the industry.

Associate of Arts (AA)

Our Associate of Arts program is designed to teach students the language of music and how to apply that language to visual media, including film, television, Web, video games, and animation. Your degree will help you find an entry-level job in the industry.

Coursework will provide a strong foundation in music fundamentals as well as tools to help you capture the right emotional tone with music to fit the visual. Our approach is dedicated to practical, hands-on training in a collaborative framework, utilizing the latest computer-based production tools for a thorough training in all the latest technology applications of the industry.

Career Opportunities


  • Film Composer
  • Game Composer
  • Commercial Composer
  • Music Editor
  • Orchestrator
  • Music Supervisor
  • and more!

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