The Program

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. Those recording sessions are generally held on campus at the John Williams Scoring Stage with Thornton School of Music instrumentalists and are recorded by engineers from the School of Cinematic Arts. In addition, there are 16 SMPTV course-related scoring sessions held in industry-favored recording stages throughout the Los Angeles area, including The Bridge, Warner Bros., and Capitol Studios. Ensembles comprised of as many as 65 professional studio musicians perform at these sessions, which are recorded and mixed by award-winning industry engineers.*

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 participate in the Thornton School mentorship program in which a few students from each program are selected for mentorship by industry members of Thornton's Board of Councilors.

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 American Federation of Musicians, Local 47, and we are grateful to receive the generous, professional support and collaboration of its talented member players.