Berklee to offer new MA in Creative Media and Technology at New York campus

Power Station at BerkleeNYC is a state-of-the-art facility where students will learn, perform, create and collaborate. Photo © Ryan Nava

BerkleeNYC, Berklee College of Music‘s campus in New York City, will launch its first graduate program starting in September 2021.

The Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology is a one-year, on-campus program consisting of three specialisations: songwriting and production, live experience design, and writing and design for musical theatre. The core curriculum underpinning all the specialisations will focus on creative entrepreneurship, design thinking and collaboration.

In 2017, the college, with the help of singer-songwriter and Berklee trustee Pete Muller and the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, purchased the historic Power Station studios. Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the cast of Hamilton, and others have all recorded iconic albums in the space, and it remains a centre for the New York City music industry.

Power Station at BerkleeNYC is currently finalising a US$15m renovation, which will include a high-tech black box theatre, video control room, 4K video capability with film-stage-quality lighting, 360-degree cinematic virtual reality capability, writing rooms and ensemble rehearsal classrooms. BerkleeNYC will reopen as a state-of-the-art recording facility and a hub of education and creativity.

Stephen Webber, executive director of BerkleeNYC, said:

‘We are thrilled to announce our innovative and experiential degree program at BerkleeNYC for the fall of 2021. The world is rapidly changing, and performers, artists, and creative innovators are learning to adapt to the new industry standards. Our specialisations prepare students with the skills needed to thrive and create in this new artistic landscape.’

Applications for BerkleeNYC’s Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology program are open now. For more information, visit BerkleeNYC online.

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