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The 9th Annual Film Scoring Summer Program is now open for Early Admissions!
A 26-day summer practical experience for composers interested in developing their abilities in writing music for motion pictures. Includes 4 recording sessions of your music,  4-star hotel accommodation and a comprehensive lecture series delivered by faculty of the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.

6 university credits conferred upon completion.



3.5 weeks in the beach
town of Varna, Bulgaria.
4-star hotel accommodation included in tuition.


Recording Sessions

NEW! 4 recording sessions of your music with the European Recording Orchestra (ERO).


Resident & Guest Lecturers

A comprehensive lecture series for the modern film composer. Learn from faculty of the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.


International Alumni

Over 175 alumni from around the world working at various levels within the film music industry.

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Scoring An Emotion

Scoring A Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn


Scoring Drama / Scoring Under Dialogue

Reading & Scoring A Scene / Scoring A Main Title
Remote Recording at Doli Media Studio in Sofia

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Networking! Form lifelong relationships with dozens of other composers and industry professionals who all share your passion for film music.

Film Scoring from DAW to Studio. Spotting scenes, establishing tempo, scoring the screen, orchestrating, score prepping and recording live studio musicians.

Transition from composer to film composer. Work through all of the essential technique needed for success in the modern, international film industry. 

Develop your portfolio with live recordings, an integral component of the film composer's journey. More live recordings than any other summer program.



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Also receive multi-cam HD video footage to create professional portfolio videos of the orchestra playing your music.

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Lifetime Membership 

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in our Alumni Access Program. Includes exclusive access to FSAE Live Events & Webinars, Guest Composer / Director Q&A's, Guided Screening Series, Recording Session Lotteries, Professional Portfolio Headshots & Videography and more. Ongoing, and all free.

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The statement we hear over and over, summer after summer. Read what our graduates say:

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Riadh Khodri

2022 (Luxembourg)

The Summer Program has been a life changing musical experience. We will all remember this collective journey. From day one I knew that this immersive experience would make the difference. The rate at which these composers have increased their knowledge and leveled up within a one month time frame is very impressive. I personally recommend the summer program to any aspiring film music composers. It is a great experience, with an online or MFA program if you wish to continue studying.


Sasha Nagorna

2021 (USA)

Coming to this program was the best decision I have ever made in life. For the first time ever, I felt like I completely fit in with a group of people who are all as passionate about the craft as I am. The lectures, faculty, recordings, fellow students, city, and beach were all amazing and I learned more in this month about film composition than in the last 20 years of my life. This was truly a life-changing experience that I cannot recommend enough.

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Christopher Gillard

2019 (USA)

As a mostly self-taught pop/rock musician, I had a lot of gaps in my knowledge as far as composing for orchestral instruments. FSSP filled those gaps and then some! From the amazing instructors to the pieces we composed to the almost instant camaraderie with the other participants, it is a super intense three weeks, but so SO worth it!


Bryan Armand

2022 (USA)

This was an amazing experience! The lectures, instructors and recording ensembles were awesome! I'd highly recommend this program to composers of all experience levels. The staff does a wonderful job of challenging students of all types of backgrounds. Plus, Varna is a great place to spend a month in the summer. I don't think any of us wanted to leave at the end of the program!


Phil Braithwaite

2021 (London)

This course… WOW! Truly exceptional, unique and inspiring. I don’t believe there is anything else like this in the world. In three and a half weeks I gained a 4 piece portfolio with live recordings, years worth of knowledge and a family to last me a lifetime. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Do it you will not regret it.

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Judith Litoff

2018, 2019 (Israel)

I spent the most incredible 3 and a half weeks in Varna studying film composing and meeting the most amazing musicians. For me, to be surrounded by such talent and friendship was simply THE best experience, and helped me to understand that I really am a composer!


Andrés Walker

2022 (Chile)

Being a composer can be a very lonely day-to-day endeavor. At the FSSP we had the opportunity to be surrounded by fellow musicians, share life experiences, laugh and go out, crunch over deadlines; great experiences that are better if we do them as a community. I loved to hear everyone's music, their voices, their personalities; it was beautiful. These days we live in such a competitive and globalized world, that it was great to feel the support of everyone around you. There was no envy, no competition, no bad vibes, only a bunch of composers enjoying each other's music, company and trying to support each other. I'm grateful for the experience and for my new friends.

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Jay Moffatt

2019 (London)

No matter what level you’re at, The Film Scoring Summer Program allows you to develop as a composer. The Faculty inspire you every day by passing on their passion and enthusiasm for film music in the classroom, on the soundstage and in the studio. You get to work with amazing musicians, in a breath-taking location, creating irreplaceable friends along the way. It’s one of the most profound experiences of my life and I couldn’t recommend it more.

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Piero Schlochhauer

2018 (Brazil)

The Film Scoring Summer Program made me a better composer in so many ways. From the technical aspects to the emotional experience, all the way through the extremely useful insights into film scoring in general. I'm really grateful for all those that participated, teachers and alumni included.

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David Cerquetti

2021 (Italy)

This is the first step for a career in film scoring, I recommend this course to any composer. I learned the art of writing music for pictures, the art of creating emotions from the greatest musicians I’ve ever met. It was amazing to know 22 composers from all over the world, create friendships and share thoughts. At the Film Scoring Summer Program you can create a professional portfolio for your studies or your auditions. The faculty helps you, giving advice and suggestions in order to build a career. I am really happy to be part of this family now!


Katie Jenkins

2019 (Wales)

Participating in this program truly changed my life. Learning to be able to write quickly and appropriately for the recording sessions was extremely valuable and a different experience than other programs I've participated in before. Meeting and learning from other composers from across the globe fueled my enthusiasm for film music, and experiencing all of this on the beaches of the Black Sea made this my most unique and memorable summer yet.

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Theodora Byrne

2018 (Ireland)

The Film Scoring Summer Program was a fantastic experience for me. It provided challenges that put me out of my comfort zone and led to be some of the most gratifying learning experiences I've ever had. I learned so much about my own creative process and ability over the three weeks in Varna, and forged some life long friendships in the process.

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Early Admission all-inclusive tuition:

  • Shared Room: €4,200 (discounted from €4,600)

  • Single Room: €4,900 (discounted from €5,300)

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2023 Early Admissions Enrollment Form

Provide a link to one of your works. (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

Upload a score you have created in Sibelius, Finale or Dorico.

Upload PDF Score

To finalize your enrollment on the 2023 Film Scoring Summer Program, click on the button below to submit your €500 deposit toward your tuition.

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