Program Details

Forum Music Academy in Rome, Italy is an intensive study-abroad program offering comprehensive education in all facets of music recording, editing, production, and composition, while immersed in the rich artistic and cultural landscape of historic Rome.
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Forum Music Academy in Rome, Italy (FMA) provides an intensive study-abroad educational program in all facets of music recording, editing, production, and composition.   Through a combination of classroom lecture, practical observation, hands-on activity and interaction in the field, students master the principles and skills necessary to cultivate successful careers in the music industry while immersed in the rich artistic and cultural landscape of historic Rome.

Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive, multi-faceted curriculum for all levels:   Core curriculum enforces strong recording fundamentals, while specialization is achieved by electing one of three academic concentrations: Music Production, Audio Engineering, and Scoring for Film, Television, and new media. 
  • Legendary commercial recording studio as a classroom:   Founded in 1969 by the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, Forum Music Village is one of Europe’s most celebrated and sought-after recording studios.  Its rich history and unique combination of modern recording facilities with highly rare, vintage audio equipment, fosters a truly one-of-a-kind recording classroom.  Students are given access to the vast resources of this highly frequented studio, including full symphony orchestras for performance of student compositions and expanded production and engineering experience.
  • Instruction from working musicians, producers, and engineers:   Our instructors and lecturers are successful working professionals in their respective fields, helping us to offer a hands-on educational experience that cannot be found at any other European university or educational institution.
  • Private seminars with current gold and platinum-selling recording artists as well as recent Grammy and Oscar winners:   FMA’s guest lecture series brings exclusive access to the studio’s steady rotation of major artists and industry executives, providing supplemental instruction over a broad range of industry-related topics essential to succeeding in today’s ever-evolving media landscape.

Program Type

Full-Time, 12-16 credits per term (including a required 3-credit Italian language course)


12 weeks (Spring/Fall Semester); 8 weeks (Summer Session)

Course Style

Courses combine a mixture of classroom lecture and field instruction with a heavy emphasis on practical experience in-studio.


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