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.
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.
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.
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 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.