Bachelor of Arts

Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games Degree

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Gain the practical skills to compose, arrange, and orchestrate effective dramatic music for visual media, including film, television, and interactive media. The Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games program begins with a set of core music and technology courses to provide both the conceptual foundation in music theory and the technical foundation in a digital audio workstation to record, sequence, and mix music for visuals. On your way to earning this music composition degree, you’ll work through a series of composition and orchestration courses designed to develop your ability to write (and write often!) for film, television, and interactive media. Upon graduation, you’ll have a portfolio of diverse compositions to prepare you for securing work as a film composer, music editor, film arranger, orchestrator, and more.

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Credit Transfer / Degree Completion

Berklee Online will accept up to 60 academic credits earned from an accredited institution, or earned from our certificate programs or individual courses.More about degree completion 

Admission Requirement: Demonstration of Musicianship

For the Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games major, students are required to submit ONE of the following:

  • A portfolio of at least two original compositions. Students should submit musical notation for each composition as PDF files. Though not required, it is also helpful to submit a sound recording (MP3 file) of each piece. Students will not be evaluated on the production quality of the recordings, but rather on the compositional ideas expressed in the recordings.
  • A recorded video audition, in which the student performs a prepared piece (original or cover) in any musical style on his/her principal instrument. The performance should be an unedited take, approximately 3-5 minutes in length, in any style, which demonstrates the student's instrumental proficiency and overall musicianship.The video should be uploaded to a website like YouTube or Vimeo, with a link provided for review by the Board of Admissions.
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Updated September 8, 2021

(120 Credits)

How should I set up my schedule, based on the above requirements?

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  1. Fill out the online application (15 minutes)
  2. Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay
  3. Prepare a Demonstration of Musicianship
  4. Attach your official transcripts
  5. Ask for two letters of recommendation

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Online undergraduate degree tuition vs. campus tuition

Affordable Tuition

Online undergraduate degree tuition is $59,880 ($60,600, Sept 2022 onward) for 120 credits. To get started, this degree program includes a $75 (non-refundable) application fee.

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We will accept up to 60 academic credits earned from an accredited institution, or earned from our certificate programs or individual courses. Learn more here.