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, addressing both the business and creative sides of the performing arts.

The writing and design for musical theater specialization equips students with experience in the collaborative art of musical theater.

Program Details

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Our Approach

Future-Facing

Musical theater writers today have more exciting choices than ever before about the look and feel of the worlds they create. This specialization connects creativity, musicianship, and the fearless application of technology to writing and design for musical theater, offering a long-overdue departure from more traditional pedagogies.

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Our Curriculum

Creativity- and Innovation-Focused Design

The writing and production for musical theater curriculum provides students with a comprehensive technical tool kit to help strengthen their vision throughout the creative process. Whether writing and composing a classic story or exploring experimental concepts, students are urged to reimagine the theatrical experience for a changing world.

Power Station Studio Cast album Students recording vocals

APPLYING WHAT YOU LEARN

Experiential and Collaborative Learning

Writers and creators develop ideas through collaboration, including workshopping, critique, and staging their art in progress. These collaborative efforts are centered in this specialization, which also includes experiential learning through iterated readings, musical arranging and recording sessions, and live experience design technology–aided staging of original works with peers, faculty, and visiting artists. Record your music in the studios where Broadway cast albums are made, and learn how to take a show from an idea to the stage.

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:

  • develop their creative voices and artistic persona;
  • integrate collaborative skills to aid in the furthering of the art form;
  • affect change and lead the craft into the future, with diverse and bold creative voices; and
  • gain an understanding of modern practices in musical theater.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • current creative activity;
  • prior academic success;
  • an understanding of basic practices and trends in the current musical theater world; and
  • motivation and focus towards advancing their career and adding their artistic voice to the expression of the medium.
  • Culminating Experience

    Students will ideate, develop, and complete a culminating experience or thesis project that is uniquely theirs.

  • Graduate Internship

    You have the option of spending a fourth semester completing an internship course.

  • Paying for your Degree

    All applicants are eligible for aid and merit-based scholarships. You can also earn money working as a graduate assistant.

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