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Making Music for Film, Games, and Other Media

July 16-27, 2018

This program will explore the art and business of making music for films, video games, and other media. For the first half of the day, students will learn through selected readings, discussions, and conversations with filmmakers and composers working in the industry. For the second half of the day, students will apply what they have learned in Hampshire's music production facilities resulting in a final project: new soundtracks composed for short films.


Will Bangs: Teacher. Hampshire alum. Composer. Creative Director.

Will spent his formative years at Hampshire booking shows, hunkering down in the production labs, and bringing together the worlds of education, media production and community-organizing for his Division III project. Currently, he teaches not far from Hampshire at PVPA, a performing arts charter school. He has been a musician his whole life and translated that work into film scoring in 2011. He has produced music for several feature-length films, including an Emmy-award winning documentary series. In 2014, he founded Music Box Licensing - a creative music agency dedicated to finding and crafting soundtracks for films and commercials. He works with a team of musicians and composers around the world to find placements for their music and custom jobs to work on with advertising agencies and film production companies.

2018 Important Deadlines

April 13: Priority Deadline for all completed and submitted applications to receive a 10% tuition discount

May 4: Deposit Deadline ($450 deposit must be received in order to secure your spot in the program)

May 18: Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)

June 1: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

2018 Payment and Fees

Tuition: $2,050
Housing: $450
Meals: $420

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