Philippos Nakas Conservatory—Greece

This program enables students to begin their music education at Philippos Nakas Conservatory (Nakas) in Athens, Greece, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Nakas.

Visit the Nakas website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.

Entrance Requirements

Nakas students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at Nakas in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted. 

Residency Requirements
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about core music courses at Berklee. 

Liberal Arts and General Electives
Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee. 

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Nakas transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 

  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Nakas are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Required Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (33 Potential Transfer Credits) 

block 1 (16 credits)   
PHILIPPOS NAKAS COURSES BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Traditional Harmony 1 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Introduction to Music Technology I MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
Block 2 (17 Potential additional credits) 
PHILIPPOS NAKAS COURSES BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
Ear Training 3 ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Ear Training 4 ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Traditional Harmony 2 CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
Conducting I COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
Conducting II COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)
The Art of Counterpoint I CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
The Art of Counterpoint II CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
*Berklee core music courses required by some Berklee degree programs

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (22 Potential Transfer Credits)    
Note: Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask about the courses below.

PHILIPPOS NAKAS CONSERVATORY COURSEs BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
Art History I LVIS-231 The Ancient and Medieval Worlds (3 credits)
Art History II LVIS-232 The Renaissance to the Present (3 credits)
History of Western Music MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
History of Jazz MHIS-319 History of Jazz
Basic Keyboard I ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 (1 credit)
Basic Keyboard II ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 (1 credit)
Classical Analysis I MLAN-311 Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music (2 credits)
Classical Analysis II MLAN-312 Analysis of 20th and 21st Century Music (2 credits)
History of Rock Music MLAN-335 Analysis of Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
Jazz Analysis I MLAN-352 The Music of Duke Ellington (2 credits)
Jazz Analysis II

MLAN-3xx Music Analysis Elective (2 credits)

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 33 credits
Level 2 courses: 22 credits
Ensemble courses: 6 credits
Total: 61 credits