Berklee NYC’s Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology program offers a forward-looking curriculum designed to teach students the tools and strategies needed to thrive in artistic fields that have seen significant disruption, and will continue to change and evolve at a rapid pace.
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 songwriting and production specialization will explore an integrated approach to the creation of popular music through the thorough examination of current practices in collaborative, technology-aided songwriting and record production.
Collaboration and Technology
Songwriting is increasingly a collaborative activity. The concept of cowriting has been an accepted method of sparking creativity for years, and production teams and songwriting camps are a fixture for efficient and prolific creative output. Building on these practices, the Berklee NYC curriculum places students in a variety of collaborative situations in order to inspire new ideas and perspectives.
Songs and songwriting are ever-evolving. From the Tin Pan Alley writers of the ’20s to the Brill Building (blocks from Berklee NYC) to current writers such as Billie Eilish and Finneas, Max Martin, James Fauntleroy, Erika Ender, and Ester Dean, songwriters have used both time-tested tools and new strategies to write music and lyrics. In addition to reinforcing foundational skills, the curriculum embraces new approaches to collaboration and workflow that increase efficiency and creativity.
Applying What You Learn
Whether through apprenticeship, mentorship, or practicums, synthesizing information and integrating knowledge through experience are key to attaining mastery of any discipline. Students in this program will be guided and challenged to elevate their artistic vision, technical facility, and creative expression through performance opportunities and the constant practical application of their work.
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 that will benefit and elevate the program.
Ideal candidates want to:
- gain deep experience in the elements of modern songwriting and production;
- integrate collaborative skills into their existing creative toolkit;
- develop their creative voices and artistic personas; and
- influence and lead the industry into the future as visionaries and entrepreneurs.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
- current creative activity;
- excellent songwriting potential;
- prior academic success;
- an embrace of current practices and trends in music and technology; and
- motivation and focus towards advancing their artistry and career.
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.
The songwriting and production specialization will explore an integrated approach to the creation of popular music through the thorough examination of current practices in collaborative, technology-aided songwriting.
Students will bolster and refine their artistic expression by analyzing current hit songs and writing music and lyrics, as well as furthering their technical skills through the examination of current writing and production styles and trends, using the latest industry-standard software and hardware in the newly renovated Power Station facility.
Students in the songwriting and production specialization will collaborate with a creative team as songwriters, producers, beat makers, and topline melody and lyric writers in a variety of real-world professional situations. They will emerge with a sophisticated toolkit of creative strategies and an understanding of the interpersonal and business practices needed to succeed in the competitive field of modern songwriting.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of the songwriting and production specialization, students will:
- employ writing, production, and collaborative techniques applicable to a wide variety of fields;
- analyze and understand the development of current trends across a variety of musical styles;
- develop technical facility across necessary songwriting and production software and hardware, as applied to current creative workflows;
- 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 take a total of 30 credits (12 credits of core courses and 18 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 Course (2 credits)
|Creative Media and Technology 1
Specialization Courses (10 credits)
|CMSP-520 or CMSP-530
|Electronic Production Workshop or Songwriting Techniques Workshop (depending on placement, test-out possible)
|Principles of Collaboration
Electives (0–3 credits, optional; see full list below)
Second Semester (Spring)
Core Courses (4 credits)
|Creative Media and Technology 2
|Business and Entrepreneurship
Specialization Courses (8 credits)
|Advanced Electronic Production
|Mixing for the Producer
|DNA of Styles
|Culminating Experience Advising: S&P
Electives (0–3 credits, optional; see full list below)
Third Semester (Summer)
Culminating Experience (6 credits)
|Culminating Experience Seminar: S&P
|Culminating Experience Workshop: S&P
Fourth Semester (required of students who opt in to the graduate internship program)
|Spatial Audio Techniques
|3D Design for Live Events
|Music Video Production
|Advanced Spatial Audio Techniques
|Advanced Interactive Experience Design
|Advanced Music Video Production
|Digital Arranging and Production
|Engineering for Creatives
|Writing English Lyrics as a Non-Native Speaker
|Singing in English as a Foreign Language
|The Art and Technique of Freestyle Rap
|Foundations of Music Theory and Performance
|Introduction to Bitwig
|Producing in Ableton Live
|Producing in Logic Pro
|Producing in ProTools
|Creative Direction For Your Personal Brand
|Advanced Hip-Hop Production
|Advanced DJ Techniques
|Advanced Digital Arranging and Production
|Advanced Engineering for Creatives
|Devised Theater Workshop
Updated fall 2023.