Careers in Film Scoring

Below are some of the many careers a film scoring major can pursue.

Visit Berklee's Career Communities site to explore the composition community and the film, video, and television industry further. 



Also called:

Composer's Assistant, Composer Tech, Tech Assistant

Description:

Although there are many different kinds of composers assistants, the job, in essence, is about making the composer’s life easier through a combination of technical, musical, and day-to-day help.


Also called:

Film Composer, Film Scorer

Description:

Film composers create the musical scores that accompany movies.


Also called:

Television Composer, Film and TV Composer

Description:

Television composers write the themes, background score, and source music used in television shows. 


Description:

Video game composers create musical scores for video games, contributing to projects on a variety of platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, personal computers, and virtual and augmented reality systems.


Also called:

Music Prep

Description:

Copyists are responsible for proofreading scores and preparing individual parts for performances and recording sessions.


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Music Prep

Description:

Copyists are responsible for proofreading scores and preparing individual parts for film, TV, and video game music recording sessions. 


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Film Music Editor

Description:

Music editors are responsible for editing and syncing the music used in films and television with the action unfolding on screen, along with a number of other important duties.


Description:

Music supervisors select, negotiate, and acquire popular tracks for use in movies, television, and video games, and may also oversee the musical direction for an entire soundtrack.


Description:

Orchestrators play an important role in the film and television industries, where they create finished scores based on the sketches of composers in those industries. MIDI orchestrators, a distinct group, forgo traditional orchestration techniques, instead specializing in using samples to improve the quality of demos.


Also called:

Film Conductor, Film Score Conductor

Description:

Conductors, composers, and orchestrators with strong conducting skills and excellent industry reputations can work as session conductors, helping prepare and lead orchestras in recording studio sessions. The bulk of these opportunities are in the film, television, and video game industries.