Master Composing for Film

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA), in co-operation with the Netherlands Film Academy, provides a high-level master's degree programme designed to accommodate the aspirations of composers wishing to specialize in music scoring for film and other audio-visual representations. The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is the first conservatory in Europe to offer this specialization.

The two-year master's programme provides a profound training based upon a multidisciplinary teaching framework aimed at fully equipping students for the scoring demands of contemporary film & audio-visual industries. By means of lessons, lectures, workshops, excursions and special guest teachers (composers, film directors), students will be given the opportunity to work with professionals on gaining knowledge in different aspects of the film scoring industry (artistic, creative, technical, business).

Students will gain experience in dealing with film scoring assignments and film projects by Film Academy students, developing not only creative but also interpersonal skills through the different levels of cooperation necessary to fulfill these projects.

During their last semester students will work on scoring a complete film, mentored by their teachers and finally having the opportunity of recording part of it with live musicians at the CvA studios.

Please note: lessons at CvA will be in English, lessons at the Film Academy will be in Dutch. All students should have at least a basic knowledge of the Dutch language.

Artistic Leader
Kaveh Vares

Research and programme development

Programme Details

Study Load
120 credits

Duration of Study
Two years, full-time

Language of Instruction
Dutch and English

44739 (M Music)

Master of Music

Programme Structure


The programme follows a threefold structure divided into:

Admission Information