Music for Film, TV, and Games
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Discover the opportunities available in writing, creating, and placing music in visual media, including film, television, and video games.
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Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online. No application necessary.
Undergraduate-Level Courses No application required.
Gain a solid understanding of music fundamentals while building your own musical language. In this course you’ll take a detailed look at the major and minor keys, and be given tools to help you comprehend scales and chords. This course includes a blend of both traditional and contemporary harmony.
Build upon the essential elements of music theory and composition you learned in Music Theory and Composition 1 and further your own musical language. In this course, you will expand your knowledge of major and minor key harmony and melody, in addition to scales, chords, and drum grooves.
Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques. In this music composition course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment.
This course provides an overview of video game design, exploring the iterative process of coming up with ideas, prototyping, testing, and revising that is at the heart of the video game industry. You will analyze games and examine the principles of game design from a visual studies perspective.
This core course is the third of a four-semester curriculum that continues to lay the foundation for your musical development. The materials covered in this course will help you to express your musical ear and thoughts as applied to composition for film, TV, and video games.
Building on the foundation of the previous three levels, Music Theory and Composition 4 will introduce compositional techniques first pioneered by twentieth century European and American composers and will examine them in both classical and jazz/popular music contexts. This advanced music theory course will also help you express your musical ideas as applied to composition for film, TV, and video games.
Gain a solid knowledge of modern instrumental writing and competence using twentieth century techniques in composition. In addition, you will gain enhanced listening skills to identify and appreciate new musical styles, and be capable of implementing these skills in your writing, enriching your capacity to express yourself in this intellectually stimulating musical idiom.
This course is designed for the musician who wants to compose music, unique sound, and creature voices for video games. Focusing on both the creative process of designing unique audio and the practical challenges of putting that content into a game, Game Audio Production with Wwise prepares students for all major aspects of game audio production and implementation.
In this music composition course, you'll learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood films and TV programs. Analyze melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration in a variety of genres to gain a complete recipe book for writing for film and TV.
Gain a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects. In this music composition course, you'll learn to analyze specific genres of film and television music in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration, forming a template that you can then apply to your own writing.
Learn how to make money through creative licensing of your music! In this course, you'll discover how to create new avenues for placement of your own music, identify current opportunities for your copyrights, and how to use online resources to introduce your music to music supervisors, ad creatives, video game producers, and more.
Music supervision stands at the center of two very powerful groups in the music industry: the creators of the music and the film and TV productions that rely on music to help tell and sell their story to the public. This course explores the ins and outs of music supervision, so that you will be able to function effectively on either side of a licensing transaction.
Graduate-Level Courses New! Bachelor's degree required.
This course will prepare you to understand, design, and implement a professional music production environment for the projects you embark on. You will complete a production studio design as a final project, which will include essential acoustic and architectural design criteria.
Film Score Analysis examines music’s role in film storytelling, explores how film composers establish and use an effective musical vocabulary, and expands your overall knowledge of film, teaching you to see films through the lens of a filmmaker.
This course emphasizes the creation of realistic-sounding orchestral sequences, using current, professional-level orchestral sample libraries and DAWs. Students will learn how to emulate live orchestral performances and recordings in the most musical and expressive way, using industry-standard tools and techniques utilized by composers across the film, TV, and video game scoring industries.
Whether the location of a film is a certain country, or the characters are from a particular part of the world, a director may want to reflect the culture being shown to varying degrees. This course will present a framework by which you will learn how to research and make appropriate choices for films that require music of a different culture.
This course focuses on using sound as texture within the film score, working with raw and electronic sound material to create innovative and cutting-edge soundscapes. Following an overview of music synthesis concepts, you will use software synthesizers and samplers to develop your own unique sounds and create dramatic musical soundscapes.
Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area. No application necessary.
Graduate Certificates New! 3 Courses, Bachelor's degree required.
Learn to balance original artistic expression with filmmakers’ visions. You’ll analyze, compose, and stylistically adapt scores for film, and study dimensions of music that you can employ to support a film, whether it’s the narrative structure, setting, or the lives of the characters on the screen.
Go beyond the compositional aspects of film scoring and explore essential skills like developing orchestral mockups, mixing, and working with samples and synthesis. You will learn the industry-standard programs and technologies that will help you deliver the best results to filmmakers.
Advanced Professional Certificates 8-12 Courses
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.
Professional Certificates 3-5 Courses
Berklee Online's Professional Certificate in Music Supervision gives you the skills you need to excel in the field—how to work with songwriters, producers, artists, publishers, directors, and performance rights organizations; how to know whether a given piece of music would fit a mood or scene; and how to navigate the statutes that govern who gets paid for what when a piece of music is licensed for use in film or TV.
Music Degree Programs
Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.