Film Scoring Diploma

Valid for catalog year fall 2018–summer 2019 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2018, search major grids for past catalog years.

Students intending to enroll in the Film Scoring Diploma program are assumed to advance place in core harmony and arranging upon matriculation to the college. Please see the Film Scoring Department for guidance prior to registration in all semesters.

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    Core

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    Major

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    Liberal Arts

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    Electives

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 2
HR-112 Harmony 2 2
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
LENS-10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-101 Engaging with Artistic Space (Boston only)
LENS-103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues (Boston only)
LENS-107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning (Boston only)
LENS-109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
Total Credits 13

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
HR-211 Harmony 3 2
ET-112 Ear Training 2 2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
Total Credits 13

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
HR-212 Harmony 4 2
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 3/Solfege 1 - choose 1
ET-211 Ear Training 3
ET-231 Solfege 1
2
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 3
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
Total Credits 13

Semester 4

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 4/Solfege 2 - choose 1
ET-212 Ear Training 4
ET-232 Solfege 2
2
CP-215 The Art of Counterpoint 2 2
FS-221 Intensive Introduction to Film Scoring 2
CM-221 Techniques of Tonal Writing 2
CM-231 Instrumentation and Score Preparation 2
Total Credits 13

Semester 5

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
MHIS-20X History of Music in the European Tradition - choose 1
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-202 History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works
MHIS-203 History of Music in the European Tradition: Chronology
2
FS-203 Scoring Technology 1 2
FS-241 Dramatic Scoring 1 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 5
Total Credits 12

Semester 6

Course # Title Credits
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble 1
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
FS-303 Scoring Technology 2 2
FS-340 Dramatic Orchestration for Film 2
FS-341 Dramatic Scoring 2 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 1
Total Credits 12

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) - choose 1
MHIS-317 19th Century Program Music
MHIS-319 History of Jazz
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music
MHIS-325 History of American Musical Theater
MHIS-327 History of Country Music
MHIS-331 History of Film Music
MHIS-341 African American Music, History, and Culture - Contemporary Connections
MHIS-342 The Music of the English-Speaking Caribbean Islands
MHIS-343 Survey of Brazilian Music History
MHIS-347 Music of Women Composers
MHIS-353 African American Composers: Classical Tradition
MHIS-361 Concert Music after 1945
2
FS-351 Post-Romantic Scoring 2
FS-403 Scoring Technology 3 2
FS-441 Dramatic Scoring 3 2
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 1
Total Credits 11

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Senior Portfolio- choose 1
FS-487 Senior Portfolio and Seminar in Film Scoring
FS-489 Senior Portfolio and Seminar in Game Scoring
2
XXXX-xxx Advanced Film Scoring Elective (any FS 400 level course not taken except FS 495) - choose 1
FS-433 Stylistic Adaptation in Film Scoring
FS-435 Scoring the Moment
FS-440 Advanced Dramatic Orchestration and Recording Techniques
FS-461 Comparative DAWs and the Integrated Composer's Studio
FS-468 Contemporary Techniques in Film Scoring
FS-471 Advanced Scoring and Implementation for Video Games
FS-475 Advanced Film Music Editing
FS-481 Film Scoring Practicum
FS-482 Film Scoring Practicum for Documentary
FS-484 Scoring for Silent Films 1
FS-485 Scoring for Silent Films 2
2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 1
Total Credits 5

* Offered spring and fall only

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that film scoring majors study in Valencia during their third semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.