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Advanced Professional Certificate

Orchestration for Film and TV

Next semester starts September 23



9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,512 Per Course
Only $12,244.50 when paid all at once

The ability to write beautiful music is rare, and rarer still is the ability to arrange that music in such a way that it enhances accompanying visual media, be it a film, television program, or video game. Drawing on the most up-to-date tools and information, this extensive certificate program will help equip you to become a more marketable composer and/or songwriter by offering in-depth instruction in orchestration while also delving into the placement techniques that will help your music find a home--and a paycheck--via TV, movies, video games, and other media.

Course Requirements

9 Courses to Complete this Certificate

Complete These 6 Required Courses

  • Film Scoring 101 (OCWPR-260 • Level 2 Course)

    After a quick overview of the media industry today, students will learn the technical and aesthetic challenges in this highly competitive field. They will analyze and spot a film score and become better storytellers through various writing exercises.

  • Orchestration 1 (OCWPR-365 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.

  • Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra (OCWPR-366 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.

  • Music Composition for Film and TV 1 (OCOMP-490 • Level 4 Course)

    Learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood productions and gain a recipe book for writing for film and TV.

  • Music Composition for Film and TV 2 (OCOMP-491 • Level 4 Course)

    Analyze specific genres of film and TV music in terms of melody, harmony, and orchestration, and form a template that you can apply to your own writing.

  • World Music Composition Styles (OCOMP-493 • Level 4 Course)

    Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.

Elective Requirements

Choose any 3 elective courses from our course catalog

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Upon Completion of this Certificate Program, You'll Receive:

  • Professional credential from the world leader in music education
  • Credits that may be eligible for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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