Holland College School of Performing Arts provides an opportunity for students to develop their artistic skills, share their passion for music, theater, and dance; explore career options in the performing arts; and gain an understanding of the business side of the performance industry.
Visit the Holland College website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.
Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) offers students four different program offerings in music performance, dance performance, theater performance, and performing arts foundation. Holland College offers students the unique opportunity to enjoy hands-on learning with a competency-based curriculum and work with instructors who come straight from the stage and studio. The School of Performing Arts has articulation agreements with Berklee, Saint Francis University, and Acadia University.
Students learn how to interpret, improvise, and perform many contemporary music styles such as jazz, Celtic, R&B, jazz and others. In addition to theory and arranging, students learn the ins and outs of the music business. SoPA uses licensed curriculum, developed by Berklee, for all core music courses. Students have the opportunity to develop their performance style on stage in the state-of-the-art Florence Simmons Performance Hall and in SoPA’s newest rehearsal space, the SoPA Garage.
The Berklee Pathway program, delivered with core Berklee curriculum, provides students with the opportunity to study at Holland College for two years, and upon successful completion and a successful audition, attend Berklee for degree completion. With highly competitive tuition options, excellent curriculum, and outstanding instructors, this pathway option will help students obtain a Berklee music degree.
Holland College 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 Holland College in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.
Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.
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.
See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.
- Ensembles: Holland College transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles.
- Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Holland College will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.
Potential transfer credits in ensembles: six credits