SMPTV is a one-year graduate certificate program located in the center of the Los Angeles film and television community. As a professional program, in a unique collaborative setting on the USC campus, we work closely with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. To this end, we currently compose and produce music for 14 different courses in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, ranging from live action narratives and documentaries to animation and video games.
Our faculty consists of working professionals, from all aspects of the industry, including feature film, television and video game composers, orchestrators and conductors. Our curriculum includes course offerings in music preparation, music editing, technology and video games, and the multifaceted scoring business. We also incorporate an internship and mentoring component into the SMPTV program.
Some of our mentors and internship relations include Michael Giacchino, Chris Lennertz, Jon Ehrlich, James Newton- Howard, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, Randy Newman, Theodore Shapiro and Ed Shearmur.
Additionally, the weekly SMPTV forum provides our students with numerous opportunities to visit with industry professionals, oftentimes, on a feature film scoring session at SONY, Fox or Warner Bros., as well as on the campus of USC. Click here for a listing of some of our past forum session guests.
With an emphasis on production work, both on the USC campus and in the Hollywood community, the students participate in ways that prepare them for numerous career options in this multimedia marketplace.
The SMPTV program is proud to be in partnership with the RMALA and the American Federation of Musicians - Professional Musicians Local 47. Through their generous support we continue to work with professional musicians, at the highest level of performance and production on Hollywood scoring stages, as well as on the campus of USC. For more information about this partnership and their support, see the course description for Bruce Broughton's orchestration class, MUCO443b.