UCLA Extension

Program at a Glance

Film Scoring Certificate

Harmony Requirement (4 units)

Select 1 harmony course (4 units) from the list below.

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
MUSC X 403.52 Harmony I: Crash Course in Composing for Tonal Music 4 R R
MUSC X 403.53 Harmony II: Techniques for Composing Contemporary Music 4 R
MUSC X 403.51 The Art of Counterpoint 4 R

Software Requirement (4 units)

* All film scoring certificate students must be proficient in a digital audio workstation or DAW. Students should select either MUSC X 480 Introduction to Logic Pro or MUSC X 479.12 Introduction to Pro Tools to fulfill their software requirement. If you are already proficient in another DAW such as Digital Performer or Cubase, you may petition to waive this course requirement by emailing entertainmentstudies@uclaextension.edu.

Select 1 software course (4 units) from the list below.

MUSC X 480 Introduction to Logic Pro 4 O O O O
MUSC X 479.12 Introduction to Pro Tools 4 O O O O

Practical Requirement (4 units)

Select 1 practical course (4 units) from the list below to be completed in the 3rd or 4th quarter of study.

MUSC X 498.3 Fundamentals of Conducting: From the Symphony to the Scoring Stage 4 I
MUSC X 483.12 Writing and Scoring for Strings 4 R R

8 Required Courses (32 units)

MUSC X 483.43 Instrumentation and Introduction to Orchestration + 4 R R
MUSC X 449.91 The Art and Craft of MIDI † 4 R R
MUSC X 483.2 Advanced Orchestration: Applied Techniques for the Studio and Scoring Stage 4 R I
MUSC X 449.41 Recording, Mixing, and Editing Techniques for Film Composers 4 R   H(I)
MUSC X 483.3 Score like the Masters: Contemporary Techniques † 4 H(Flex) R
MUSC X 483.1 Film Scoring on a Budget † 4 H(R) R
MUSC X 448.171 The Business of Film Music 4 R I
MUSC X 498 Advanced Film Scoring Workshop * † 4 R H(R)

Select 1 Elective (4 units)

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units) from the above list or other Film ScoringMusic Production, or Music Business courses numbered X 400-X 499. Below is a list of suggested electives. New electives are added regularly.

MUSC X 478.52 Composing Music for Video Games 4 R
MUSC X 482.3 Bringing the Power of Music to Film 4 R
MUSC X 484.931 Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials † 4 H(R)
MUSC X 485 Composing Music for Animation † 4 R
MUSC X 482.8 Anatomy of a Film Score 4 R I
MUSC X 499 Music Industry Internship 4 I/R I/R I/R I/R

+ Should be completed within the first 2 quarters of study.

* Should be taken in the last quarter of the program.

† Courses require access to and some proficiency in a sequencing workstation in which audio can be recorded and synced to video (a sequencing workstation is software that combines audio and MIDI recording, editing, and a variety of other tools for working with music and sound on a computer).

Chart Legend: I = In-Person | R = Remote | O = Online | H (I/R) = Hybrid (In-Person/Remote)