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Composing for the screen and the stage

Ideally located in an especially dynamic city in terms of audiovisual creation, the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music offers students an outstanding environment for developing their composing talents for the screen.

In addition, Montréal is a world hub in the video game industry, and for over ten years the Faculty of Music has been developing a special expertise in that particular artistic practice. Students thus benefit from leading-edge training in audio dynamics and interactive music thanks to close links established with the industry and with partners like Audiokinetic, a Montréal-based company that created the integration software Wwise.

A rich and fertile program

A rich course offer, in instrumental composition  and music writing  as well as in digital music , allows students to develop and refine their skills.

To these courses add experiences anchored in the reality of the professional environment thanks to numerous prestigious interuniversity partnerships and the contributions of recognized specialists.

Throughout their studies, students have the opportunity of building a strong portfolio for themselves in addition to establishing a valuable and productive network of relationships.

Some of our students’ achievements:

Graduates shaping the industry

Faculty alumni making a name for themselves in the market:

  • François-Xavier Bilodeau, sound designer
  • Maxime Carpentier, composer
  • Xavier-Charles Fecteau, composer and sound designer (Reflektor)
  • Maxime Goulet, composer (Gameloft, freelance)
  • Stéphanie Hamelin-Tomala, SOCAN prizewinning composer
  • Minh Ho, sound designer (Vibe Avenue)
  • Anne-Sophie Mongeau, sound designer (Digit, Eidos, Dice)

Music and image at the undergraduate level

Even though there is no program dedicated specifically to the combination of music and image for undergraduates, students can develop all the necessary skills in existing Faculty of Music programs by combining two short programs in digital music (minor or major) and music writing (minor or major).

International Master’s in Composition for Screen (InMiCS)

The result of a collaboration among four higher education institutions and four professional partners, the International Master’s in Composition for Screen (InMics) offers students the opportunity to:

  • Further their abilities in composing for the screen
  • Develop their style and their personal workflow by way of a defined project
  • Start a career thanks to numerous networking activities, professional work experience and close ties with key players in the industry

Admission to this program is by competition, once every two years. Depending on their project and their goals, accepted students will have to choose two of the four partner institutions, each of them specializing in a particular aspect of audiovisual creation, in order to carry out their one-year course of study in each of them:

A master’s degree is awarded on the completion of the two years of study, which also include a number of opportunities to bring together the entire program cohort thanks to the participation of several of the program’s international festival partners.

More details on the InMics International Master’s

Master’s and doctorate in composition and sound creation

Students aiming more at contemporary creation or creative research or who wish to concurrently do a practice of concert music and one of music and image can submit an application for admission to regular master’s or doctoral programs in composition and sound creation.

They will have access to, among other things, seminars and courses in composing for the screen in a broader context focusing on the development of a personal language and the advancement of knowledge.

The DEPA in composing for the stage and the screen

This short doctoral program is intended for experienced composers who have yet to embark on composing for the screen or the stage and who are looking to diversify their field of skills while expanding the potential applications of their original music.

Based on original projects and collaborations with different players in the artistic community (Université de Montréal Department of Art History and Film Studies, Concordia University, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and so on), the DEPA in composing for the screen and the stage gives students the esthetic and technical means to comply with the needs of a production while at the same time creating an original work.