Program Details As a student majoring in songwriting at Berklee, you will develop skills in melody, harmony, and arranging as well as creative approaches to musical composition, lyric writing, and an individual writing style. You will choose a curriculum that focuses on both songwriting and performance, culminating in a portfolio of your original songs. If you are interested in writing songs for other artists, you will have the option of taking more arranging courses and you will learn studio and MIDI demo production techniques. To demonstrate mastery of songwriting skills and concepts, you will complete a portfolio of several songs that typify various current practices of contemporary songwriters.
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What does Berklee Online offer? We offer award-winning online courses , multi-course certificate programs , a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree, a Master of Music degree, and a Master of Arts degree.
Who is Berklee Online designed for? Our programs provide lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry. The courses range from beginner to advanced graduate level What kind of subjects are taught? Hundreds of study options are available in subjects including songwriting, music production, music business, music theory, guitar, voice, arranging, harmony, ear training, electronic music production, bass, keyboard, drums, contemporary writing, and more.
Do online students receive the benefits of an on-campus Berklee education? Certificate programs and online courses are offered on an open enrollment basis. Degree programs require an application and supporting documentation. See the Admission Requirements for more details. Berklee Online degree students are eligible to request a Berklee ID.
Upon acceptance into the program, degree students are also given a berklee. Courses Can I take non-credit courses in a certificate? All courses in a certificate program must be taken for credit. Can I waive some for-credit courses into a certificate? All for-credit courses that have been awarded a passing grade and that align with a certificate program may transfer into that program.
Can I upgrade from a lower-level certificate to a higher-level certificate? There are no additional fees for this option other than the cost of additional courses, and you will only earn one certificate upon completion. Faculty Who teaches Berklee Online courses? Berklee faculty and seasoned professionals teach our courses. Financial Aid Am I eligible for financial aid? Financial assistance is available for Berklee Online degree programs.
This assistance may come from a variety of sources including federal awards, outside scholarships, and private loans. Federal financial aid is not available for non-degree programs. Non-degree students typically finance their costs out-of-pocket or with a private loan.
Review our payment options. Graduation What happens if I turn in my graduation application late? Because we must coordinate with the Boston campus for Commencement, it is essential that students planning to walk in the ceremony submit their graduation application by midnight ET on December 1. If you submit your application late, you will need to wait until the following year to walk.
We ask all students planning to graduate within the current academic year to apply for graduation by December 1, regardless of their plans to participate in Commencement.
Late application for students who do not wish to walk will result in processing delays for your academic record and diploma, and your name may not be listed in the ceremony program. Great question! Walking in Commencement and graduating are two separate things.
You can walk in Commencement when you are nine 9 credits or less away from completing your degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Please note: Berklee Online degree students are not required to walk in Commencement in Boston.
You graduate when you have met all of the following criteria: Attained at least a 2. You will not officially graduate and receive your diploma until you meet all of the eligibility requirements. I just finished my last term at Berklee Online! What happens next? Is there anything I need to do? Congratulations on finishing!
If you have already filled out a graduation application, you will want to double-check the " Graduation Checklist " to ensure you have taken care of all of the various items associated with graduating. If you have not filled out a graduation application, you will need to do that as soon as possible. You will not be able to graduate until we have received and processed your graduation application. When will I get my diploma? You will receive your diploma within weeks of completing your degree requirements.
Please keep in mind that instructors have up to two 2 weeks to submit final grades after the term concludes. Diplomas are mailed to the address you include on your graduation application. If your mailing address changes after you have submitted your graduation application, be sure to update us at graduation online. Keep in mind that if you are walking in Commencement, you will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony.
Transfer Credits Can I find out how many transfer credits I am eligible for before I apply to the degree program? If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program and would like an estimate of the amount of transfer credit you would receive, you can request an unofficial transfer evaluation by emailing a copy of your transcript s to the Berklee Online Transfer Team at transfer online.
Be sure to include your name, major of interest, and any additional questions you may have. You can expect to receive your assessment within business days.
What should I do? The earlier you contact us with questions or concerns regarding your evaluation, the easier it will be for us to address any issues. Therefore, it is very important when you first receive your official transfer evaluation that you review the information carefully.
If none of those exclusions apply, please fill out a Transfer Credit Equivalency Re-evaluation form for the courses you wish to have reconsidered. Sometimes, we are not able to locate specific information for a course online and we are not able to determine an equivalency, but we are always happy to review additional material which will help us make that determination. No, credits completed at Berklee or through the prior learning process do not count towards the 60 transfer credit limit.
This maximum is for credit-bearing exams and undergraduate-level coursework completed externally. What is a credit deficiency and why do I need to make up credit?
Credit deficiencies are caused by transferring a course that is less than three 3 credits to fulfill a three 3 credit Berklee Online requirement. Students with a credit deficiency will be short of the minimum number of credits required to graduate once they have completed their program requirements. In order to be eligible to graduate, you will need to make up the credits you are deficient in. While the Transfer Team does their best to avoid giving students credit deficiencies, it is not always possible.
You can make up the credits you are deficient in by completing additional Berklee Online coursework, by applying for prior learning credit, or by completing additional external coursework in the area in which you are deficient. Note all external courses will first need to be approved by the Transfer Team. Can transfer credit fulfill prerequisites? It depends. Generally, transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites unless we determine that the course you completed is a direct equivalent to one of the courses we offer at Berklee Online.
Keep in mind that there are some courses which require you to pass a placement exam. For these you will need to achieve a passing grade on the test to fulfill the prerequisite, otherwise you will need to complete the appropriate Berklee Online course.
Can I transfer credits to Berklee Online after I have started the degree program? Yes, you can. To determine if the coursework you already completed or are considering taking is eligible to fulfill your remaining degree requirements, contact the Transfer Team at transfer online.
I am a Berklee campus student. Can I transfer courses from Berklee Online to my campus-based program? Are Berklee Online courses transferable to other institutions? We recommend getting a course pre-approved by an institution before enrolling. Moreover, a recent study revealed that the average annual tuition at for-profit colleges is more than twice as expensive as Berklee Online. How much does a certificate program cost? The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.
Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change. Both programs are comprised of 12 three-credit courses that can be taken during four week semesters. What is included in the cost of a course? The cost for an individual course includes the tuition fee. The cost of required books, hardware or software must be purchased separately, unless it is stated that these costs are included with your enrollment. Some courses may include additional fees for files or content.
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