Master of Music in Film Composition

On-Campus and Low-Residency Options

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program has partnered with the Seattle Film Institute to offer the original one-year Master of Music in Film Composition degree program.  Learn from industry professionals, get training in all industry software and standards, write and conduct music for live recording sessions with professional musicians in world-class studios, work with student directors from around the world, and in just 40 weeks earn a graduate degree with the skills, experience, demo reel, and connections to start your career.


New Low-Residency Option

We are excited to announce the introduction of a new Low-Residency option for our Master of Music in Film Composition program!

This option would allow students to attend and participate in live classes remotely and then join us in Seattle for 1-2 week residencies three times during the school year for recording sessions and workshops.

What our Low-Residency Option Offers:

  • Remote learning, attending classes from home or wherever you choose

  • A high caliber, thorough, and intensive education

  • Learning from industry professionals with extensive one-on-one mentor based interaction

  • 10 scoring projects including conducting live recording sessions, running remote sessions, and producing high quality electronic and synth scores

  • Working with student directors from around the world

  • Instruction in all major software used in the industry

  • Instruction in mixing, songwriting, networking and business, and creating music and sound design for interactive games

  • Earn a Masters degree in 40 weeks with the skills, experience, connections and demo reel to start your career in the film, television, or video game world

Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute

Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute

Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute

Aurore Boréale - Sandrine Rudaz

Climbing Mt. Symphony

"With Paper Hands" - PNWFS 2012

History of Success

Here is just a small sample of what our Masters have been up to since graduation.


What our Masters' graduates say about our program.

“Honestly, getting my Masters in Film Scoring from Hummie was probably the best decision I have ever made. Not only do you get taught everything you need to know about composing for film, but you learn about the industry as a whole AND you actively apply all of the skills you learn! I worked on 5 various films while I was there (and 4 more projects outside of the masters requirement), actively working with directors and scoring for live instruments, played by professional musicians in Seattle (all of whom are called on to record for Hollywood scores). Only 3 months after graduating in July of 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to work FULL-TIME with professional composers, orchestrators, copyists, and directors because of the industry-standard teachings that the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program brought to the table. In only ten months, you get your music recorded 9 times, learn industry-standard practice from a 2-Time Emmy Winner, and understand how to tackle this art form as a career. Do yourself a favor, and go to Seattle.”

Jarryd Elias, PNWFS 2016-17