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.
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 (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 Course (3 credits)
- CMAT-510 Design Thinking Methodologies for the Creative Arts (3 credits)
Specialization Courses (8 credits)
- CMAT-500 Electronic Production For Songwriters (2 credits)
- CMAT-501 The Craft of Songwriting (2 credits)
- CMAT-502 Advanced Vocal Production (2 credits)
- CMAT-503 Principles of Collaboration for Songwriters (2 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 Music Video Production (2 credits)
- CMAT-522 Devised Theater (2 credits)
- CMAT-533 DJ Techniques - Turntable Techniques (2 credits)
- CMAT-543 Movement and Style (2 credits)
- CMAT-553 Principles of Spatial Audio (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 (2 credits)
- 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 Courses (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-600 Advanced Electronic Production for Songwriters (2 credits)
- CMAT-603 Mixing and Mastering for the Songwriter/Producer (2 credits)
- CMAT-604 Songwriting Workshop (2 credits)
- CMAT-662 DNA of Styles in Production and Songwriting (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)
Updated fall 2022.
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.