Film Music in Florence

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy." — Giuseppe Verdi 

Program Overview

This program has been cancelled for summer 2019.

Spend three weeks in Florence examining the rich history of Italian film music. From neorealism to spaghetti westerns, you'll learn film scoring and sound techniques by studying the composers who pioneered them.  



Film Music: An Italian Perspective

IFMTV-UT 1009 | 4 units | Instructor: Brane Živković

No prerequisites required.

Throughout the course students will study film music and scoring techniques from the perspective of Oscar-winning Italian composers Nino Rota (The Godfather, Amarcord, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita) and Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight, The Mission, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Days of Heaven) while learning about the process of creating film scores through analysis of music in contemporary award-winning Italian films. Students will learn about the specifics of the composer's duties and responsibilities, and develop necessary skills for the creative use of music and sound in films and media.

Assignments include analyzing music cues (score and source); music as sound, and sound as music; hit points; writing a screenplay for a skit and performing it either live or creating a movie as your response to the idea of film music aesthetics; and perspective of moments of shifting emphasis. While knowledge of music or familiarity with any stage of filmmaking process is not required for work on assignments and exercises, those class activities will provide opportunities for students to display their writing skills and incorporate passion and talents in areas such as but not limited to music, photography, and acting as part of course work. Students will also take a trip to Siena for a tour of world-renown Accademia Musicale Chigiana, its Palace, and Museum of Musical Instruments.


Program Dates

Summer 2019 

Student Arrival: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Student Departure: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.


Deadline: The summer 2019 application is closed.

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


Summer 2019

  • Undergraduate summer 2018 tuition: $5,804
  • Registration and Services Fee: $696
  • Program fee: $330
  • Geo Blue Global Health Insurance: $58.20
  • Housing
        Single on-campus villas w/ meal plan: $2,242
        Double on-campus villas w/meal plan: $1,846
        Triple on-campus villas w/meal plan: $1,686
        Quad on-campus villas w/meal plan: $1,630
  • Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the program.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Visit the NYU Florence website for housing options and descriptions.