Getting a master’s degree is hard work, I don’t think anyone would disagree. However, there are more and more diverse and really interesting options available, especially in music and the arts. The academic world is also slowly becoming more accepting to things outside of “the classics”. I did a Master of Arts in Musicology, which might sound kind of boring, but my thesis was all about the influence of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona. It was so much fun.
Even more recently than popular music, video game music has started to become accepted into the academic world. You can study it in grad school. Even better, you can study it online.
A leading online music school called ThinkSpace Education is launching three new master’s degree programs that begin in September: Composing for Video Games (Master of Arts), Sound Design for Video Games (Master of Arts), and Game Music and Audio (Master of Fine Arts). These are the first online master’s degree programs that focus on game music and sound design.
Not only do students get to learn about and create some really fascinating music, they’re taught exclusively by professional working composers and sound designers who have worked on projects such as Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock, Fallout, and many others. The courses also provide one-on-one tuition to the students from top professional game composers and sound designers. Students will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of games, including commercial releases. They will also get detailed feedback from a number of tutors, online workshops and tutorial groups, forum discussions, and exclusive webinars.
ThinkSpace Education’s course director comments:
“There are plenty of music and sound production schools yet, despite increasing interest in video game soundtracks, almost none who specialize in game music and audio. We’re excited to offer the first online master’s degrees in composing and sound design for video games”.
Enrollment is now open and to find out more information, go here.