Video Game Scoring Minor

The student minoring in video game scoring will gain the knowledge, commitment, and practical, professional skills for a successful, sustainable music career in the video game industry. The minor provides a framework of courses that comprise a survey and history of music in video games, a working knowledge of the video game industry, and interactive scoring techniques applied to the composition of video game music. This minor will focus on modern approaches to music in video games, professional opportunities and development, business aspects, evolving technology, and creative development.

This program is focused on collaboration, not only within Berklee, but also with universities offering the top video game development programs. These collaborations allow Berklee students to experience real-world game development and to learn by directly working on actual games designed by other students. This minor allows students to further explore and cultivate career opportunities, relevant technologies, compositional techniques, aesthetics, historical perspective, self-discipline, musicianship, and storytelling.

Annually, video games represent a more than $20 billion revenue stream in which many composers, sound designers, and related audio professionals can participate. Many Berklee alumni have gone on to work in audio for video games, and it represents a great opportunity for future students. The video game scoring minor emphasizes the opportunities for growth for musicians in this industry.

Note: This minor is open to contemporary writing and production majors, film scoring majors, and electronic production and design majors only.

Required Courses

  • LHUM-P433 Digital Narrative Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PW-365 Orchestral Mock-Up Production (2 credits)
  • FS-271 Analysis of Video Game Music Techniques (2 credits)
  • FS-371 Interactive Scoring for Video Games (2 credits)
  • FS-471 Advanced Scoring and Implementation for Video Games (2 credits)

Five courses required for completion of the minor.

For more information, contact:

Film Scoring Department
150 Massachusetts Avenue
617 747-2440
Chair: George Clinton,
Assistant Chair: Alison Plante,
Department Assistant: Kathy Zerlin,