Fullerton College—U.S.

Offering one of the most diversified music curriculums and ambitious concert schedules of all community colleges, the Music Department at Fullerton College is strongly committed to transfer education, professional training, and community service.  

Programs:

  • Music associate in arts

  • Music associate in arts for transfer

  • Commercial music associate in arts

  • Music recording/production certificate

  • Piano teaching certificate

Entrance Requirements

Fullerton 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 Fullerton 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 and 48 credits for the diploma at Berklee in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses

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 utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize 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: 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 and 48 credits for the diploma at Berklee in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee. 

Performance Courses

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

  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Fullerton 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.

Curriculum and Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits: 23)

Students must complete all of the required core music courses listed in block 1 below to be eligible for transfer credits. Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask for details.

block 1 (credits: 12)   
fullerton college courses Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents
MUS107 F Harmony I PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUS109 F Harmony II HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)  
MUS103 F Beginning Musicianship ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
MUS104 F Intermediate Musicianship ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUS108 F Introduction to Music Technology MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
BLOCK 2 (Potential additional credits: 11)
FULLERTON COLLEGE COURSES BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
MUS206 F Pop/Commercial Musicianship ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUS204 F Advanced Musicianship ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUS205 F Pop/Commercial Music Theory HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUS207 F Pop/Commercial Arranging/Composition CM-211 Traditional Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
MUS203 F Counterpoint CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)


Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (Potential Transfer Credits: 35)
Contact the academic advisor at this institution about the courses below.

FULLERTON COLLEGE COURSES Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents

MUS120 F Survey of Music History

MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)

ENG100 F College Writing

LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)

ENG102 F Introduction to Literature or ENG 103 Critical Reasoning/Writing

LENG-223 Literature (3 credits)

MATH142 F or higher, Mathematics and Data Analysis

LMSC-2xx Natural Science or Mathematics course (200-level or above) (3 credits)

Natural and Physical Science course

LMSC-2xx Natural Science or Mathematics course (200-level or above) (3 credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences course

LSOC-xxx Social Science course (3 credits)

History course

LVIS-xxx Any history course (3 credits)

Art History course

LVIS-xxx Any art history course (3 credits)

MUSA131 F Keyboard Skills I ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 (1 credit)
MUSA132 F Keyboard Skills II ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2 (1 credit) 
MUS208 F Music Copying and Notation Software CW-205 Music Preparation (2 credits)
MUS156 F Beginning Jazz Improvisation-Instrumental or MUS191 F Intermediate Vocal Jazz Styling and Improvisation PSIJ-211 Jazz Improvisational Techniques 1 (2 credits)
MUS256 F Advanced Jazz Improvisation-Instrumental or MUS290 F Advanced Vocal Jazz Styling and Improvisation PSIJ-221 Jazz Improvisational Techniques 1 (2 credits)
MUS112 F The Music Business Approved specified elective for music business/management majors, general elective for others (2 credits)
MUS122 F Advanced Music Business Approved specified elective for music business/management majors, general elective for others (2 credits)

    Potential Transfer Credit Summary 
    Level 1 courses: 23 credits  
    Level 2 courses: 35 credits    
    Ensemble courses: 6 credits 
    Total: 64 credits