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.
The writing and design for musical theater specialization will equip students with theory and experience in the collaborative art of musical theater. Using traditional and contemporary methods, students will conduct intensive study of storytelling. Through the use of time and place, look and feel, and sound and milieu, students will acquire skills in character development, songwriting, cast-recording production, book writing, and theatrical visual environment conception.
Students will learn current industry-standard practices while continuing to explore their own artistic identity in a challenging and experiential environment. Working with the latest and best technologies on site, students will gain real-world insight from active professionals in the field while working towards creating and executing artistic works. Gaining first-hand experience in demo recording in the same studios where many Broadway cast albums are made, students will acquire a set of strategies to create and promote new work in the theater world of Broadway and beyond.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of the writing and production for musical theater specialization, students will:
- develop production, staging, and collaborative techniques applicable to musical theater and beyond;
- demonstrate mastery of composition and writing techniques;
- develop technical expertise across necessary software and hardware, as applied to current creative workflows;
- devise new approaches to the look and feel of their productions;
- 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 (15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of specialization courses) with an additional optional 1-credit internship upon completion of the program.
First Semester (Fall)
CMAT-510: Design Thinking and Methodologies for the Creative Arts (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-515: Entrepreneurship and Business Practices in the Creative Space (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-511: Developing Story and Narrative (3 credits)
CMAT-521: Songwriting for Musical Theater (3 credits)
Second Semester (Spring)
CMAT-610: Innovation and Creativity in Artistic Endeavors (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-611: Musical Theater Workshop (3 credits)
CMAT-620: Arranging and Demo Recording for Musical Theater (3 credits)
CMAT-621: Book Writing for Musical Theater (3 credits)
Third Semester (Summer)
CMAT-695: Culminating Experience Seminar (6 credits; core class)
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.
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.
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.
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.