Film, TV, and Game Scoring Program in Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Ages 14+
Learn how to tell a story and evoke emotions through your music at the Film, TV, and Video Game Scoring Program in Los Angeles. In this five-day program, you'll discover easy-to-learn, but powerful compositional tools to write cinematic music. Interact with high-profile composers in a close setting, study the basics of composing for orchestra, and develop production techniques to produce polished recordings using your laptop. Students will study in Los Angeles, the heart of the Hollywood film industry, on the campus of the Colburn School.
Dates
July 29-August 2
Check-in Time
9 AM - 11 AM PT
Departure
Coming Soon
Tuition
$1,745
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
The registration deadline has passed. Limited seats available.
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by June 1.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full.

Curriculum

You'll participate in core writing classes, visiting artist lectures from high-profile Hollywood composers, and hands-on technology sessions. By the end of the program, you will have a greater understanding of:

  • how to identify the right emotions of a scene
  • how to compose cinematic music that dramatically supports a scene
  • how to create realistic-sounding demos using your laptop
  • the basics of composing for orchestra
  • how to record with a professional ensemble 
  • how to find work as a film composer
Schedule

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.

TimeEvent
9 AM–10:20 AMFilm Score Analysis
10:30 AM–11:50 PMComposition and orchestration
12 PM–12:50 PMLunch
1 PM–2:20 PMGuest Artist
2:30 PM–4:50 PMMusic Production
5 PM–6 PMLab Time or Recording Mentoring

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

The program will culminate in our big finale, which is screening of the clips scored by students on Friday. This will be an opportunity to share with friends and family what you have been working on over the course of your time with us. 

Requirements

General Requirements

All students 14 and older with an interest in film scoring are welcome to attend.

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Required Materials

  • A laptop with a digital audio workstation (DAW) such as GarageBand (free), Logic, Cubase, or Reaper (free), and notation software such as MuseScore (free), Finale, Dorico, or Sibelius already installed
  • Sample libraries on your laptop or external hard drive. This can include Berlin Orchestra Created with Berklee, EastWest, Kontakt, built-in Logic or GarageBand samples, Garriton Personal Orchestra, and many others.
  • A pair of professional headphones (that completely cover the ears), if possible, such as the Sony MDR-7506 or AKG K24
  • Any 25-key (or more) MIDI keyboard with a cable that connects to your laptop
Program-Specific Details

Participants will study on the campus of the Colburn School. This program is conveniently located in the L.A.'s downtown arts corridor at 200 South Grand Avenue. Students are encouraged to commute to campus or stay in a local hotel with family.

Students must remain on the Colburn School campus during this program.

Once You've Enrolled

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check in for the experience of a lifetime.

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