The live music production and design specialization explores the design, management, and execution of live and virtual productions.
In just one year, artists in Berklee NYC’s live music production and design Master of Arts program emerge with the skills, portfolio, and network to make emotional connections with worldwide audiences through innovative technology.
The core curriculum of this program provides students with foundational knowledge for their careers that address both the business and creative sides of the performing arts.
The live music production and design specialization explores a forward-thinking approach to the design, management, and execution of live productions spanning music and the arts to corporate and sporting events. Students receive training in performance technologies including sound design, lighting design, projection mapping, LED panel technology, stage design and management, computer-aided design, and video production, all supported by experiential opportunities.
Students in the live music production and design specialization gain expertise in the most in-demand, up-to-date design techniques in the live events industries, from multichannel sound installations, live electronic performance, and playback engineering to digital video, lighting, and projection-mapping systems.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of the live music production and design specialization, students will:
- develop production, staging, and collaborative techniques applicable to all varieties of live events;
- demonstrate technical expertise with industry-standard software such as Resolume Arena, Adobe After Effects, and many others;
- demonstrate technical expertise with industry-standard hardware such as Yamaha audio consoles, d&b speakers, grandMa lighting consoles and much more;
- integrate diverse views and experiences into their artistic creations;
- generate artistic content at a high level of technical proficiency and at an objectively professional standard; and
- lead with a spirit of creative entrepreneurship to sustain a career in the arts that is adaptable, is ethically sound, and creates change.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in creative media and technology program must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Learn more about how to apply.
Curriculum and Courses
The Master of Arts in creative media and technology program is designed to be completed in one full academic year: consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students in this specialization take a total of 31 credits (14 credits of core courses and 16 credits of specialization courses) with an additional one-credit internship upon completion of the program (required only of students who opt in to the graduate internship program).
First Semester (Fall)
Core Courses (3 credits)
- CMAT-510 Creative Media and Technology 1 (3 credits)
Specialization Courses (9 credits)
- CMAT-525 Lighting Design for Live Events (3 credits)
- CMAT-550 Video Design for Live Events (3 credits)
- CMAT-575 Sound Design for Live Events (3 credits)
Electives (1–3 credits; optional)
- CMAT-504 Hip-Hop Production (2 credits)
- CMAT-516 EDM Production, Techniques, and Applications (2 credits)
- CMAT-517 3D Design for Live Events (2 credits)
- CMAT-518 Video Production (2 credits)
- CMAT-522 Devised Theater Workshop (2 credits)
- CMAT-533 DJ Techniques (2 credits)
- CMAT-543 Movement and Style (2 credits)
- CMAT-553 Spatial Audio Techniques (2 credits)
- CMAT-555 Essential Engineering for Creatives (2 credits)
- CMAT-563 DAW Lab (1 credit)
- CMAT-567 Creative Media Ensemble (1 credit)
- CMAT-573 VJ Techniques (electable by all)
- CMAT-574 The Art and Technique of Freestyle Rap (2 credits)
- CMAT-583 Beatboxing Lab (1 credit)
- CMAT-601 Advanced Digital Arranging and Production (2 credits)
- CMAT-617 Computer Programming for Interactive Events (2 credits)
Second Semester (Spring)
Core Course (5 credits)
- CMAT-610 Creative Media and Technology 2 (3 credits)
- CMAT-615 Entrepreneurship and Business Practices in the Creative Space (2 credits)
Specialization Courses (8 credits)
- CMAT-626 Electronic Performance Techniques (3 credits)
- CMAT-650 Projection Design for Live Events (3 credits)
- CMAT-675 Project Management for Live Events (2 credits)
Electives (1–3 credits, optional; see full list above)
Third Semester (Summer)
Culminating Experience (6 credits)
CMAT-695: Culminating Experience Seminar (6 credits)
Fourth Semester (required of students who opt in to the graduate internship program)
- GS-595: Graduate Internship (1 credit)
Students cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and master a wide range of skills and technologies, including content creation, sound design, live music production, digital lighting, video systems, networking, programming, and 3D design.
Live music production and design students are immersed in the production of a wide variety of events to master the technical and human aspects of theater, concert, and event production.
By creating compelling art as a member of a diverse and talented team with access to transformative technology, students discover their perfect place in the live event industry.
Who are we?
Students in live music production and design work alongside faculty who are designing the latest Broadway shows, constructing current large-scale product activations, and creating content and lighting design for major musical acts and festivals.
The Berklee NYC faculty and students are embedded in the fabric of New York City, a cultural capital of the world and a hotbed of artistic innovation. Being here puts you on the cutting edge of worldwide trends.
“The concept of ‘team led’ is necessarily diverse: we are musicians, photographers, dancers, animators, stage managers, songwriters, lighting designers, projection designers, directors, and programmers. We come from a wide range of backgrounds. We recognize that strength and innovation come naturally from diversity of culture, skill, and experience. We bring out the best in each other and learn together by experiencing and creating experiences that connect to our own personal stories.”
—Loudon Stearns, Program Director
Experiential and Collaborative Workflow
Live artists recognize the need to craft the synchronized, awe-inspiring, multisensory experiences that audiences are clamoring for. As a one-year graduate program with a faculty of working professionals, Berklee NYC's curriculum can constantly adapt and keep ahead of trends in entertainment.
Live music production and design students gain a deep understanding of the technical systems supporting immersive live events without being bogged down with “this is how we’ve always done it before” thinking and history classes. This program is laser-focused on what’s relevant, including weekly concerts and livestreams that integrate lighting, video, sound, and cameras in exactly the same way as professional, large-scale events.
A Berklee NYC graduate from this specialization tells future collaborators, “I know how shows are run, I know how to inspire audiences, I know how to support all crew members, and I have mastered my craft.”
Who We Are Looking for
We seek a varied group of motivated, creative, and focused candidates with solid academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute a diversity of experience, insight, and skills.
Performers who want to make their act awesome: Performers know that connecting with audiences requires perfectly designed lights, sound, music, and screens, and that their act must be recorded and streamed to worldwide audiences. This year provides them with the skills and connections to level up their act and develop their artistic persona.
Artists who want make their art live: Artists see a booming industry of theaters, festivals, and cutting-edge live events in need of animation, art, music, sound, direction, and programming. This year provides them with the skills and connections to move their already-deep skills into a growing and vibrant industry.
Live event technicians who want to reinvent their career: Live event technology and practices are changing rapidly, and no one knows this better than the sound, lighting, video, and broadcast technicians who have been working at events. For working technicians, this program provides a curriculum that will expand their creativity and help them master the latest event technologies.
Students will ideate, develop, and complete a culminating experience or thesis project that is uniquely theirs.
You have the option of spending a fourth semester completing an internship course.