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Film Scoring Certificate CF513

Admission Requirements:
Students who wish to take courses in the Film Scoring certificate program should have a basic musical
background and should possess the following skills before beginning any coursework:
Ability to read music
The musical staff and clefs
Notes in both treble and bass clef
Notes on the piano keyboard
Rhythmic values (i.e. whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, dotted values, etc.)
Simple and compound meters
Music Theory Fundamentals
Major scales
All forms of minor scales (i.e. natural, harmonic, melodic)
Major and minor key signatures
The circle of fifths
Intervals and interval inversions
Interval qualities (i.e. perfect, major, minor, diminished, augmented)
Chord qualities and inversion symbols
Triads: major, minor, diminished, augmented
Seventh chords: (i.e. dominant sevenths, half diminished, full diminished, etc.)
Students with only a basic musical background should begin their certificate program with the prerequisite courses. Students with prior college-level music training or equivalent may opt to take one or more
of the prerequisite courses based on their own self-assessment of their skill level. The major topics of
the prerequisite courses are listed below:

X 403.52 Harmony I: Crash Course in Composing for Tonal Music

Review of diatonic harmony
Proper usage of scales
Functional chord progressions and how they work
Roman numeral analysis
Non-chord tone types
Secondary dominants and secondary seventh chords
How to create both regional and true modulation to closely related keys
Pivot chords
Creating chord inversions
Review of cadence types
Proper notational practices dealing with rhythm: meter, time signatures, beaming, and general
score set up and layout
In-depth score study of works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and more
Application of harmonic principles utilized in your own compositions

X 483.43 Introduction to Orchestration

Introduction to the instruments of the orchestra
Woodwind demonstration of flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
Brass demonstration of horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba
Strings demonstration of violin, viola, cello, and bass
Percussion demonstration
Harp demonstration
Learn why instruments sound as they do and how the sound is produced
Define technical limitations that should be taken into account when writing for specific instruments
Discover unique evocative capabilities of each instrument in regard to scoring films
Apply techniques by composing short pieces to be performed in class
Select one of the following software courses:

X 482.82 Digital Performer Workshop

Learn the features of Digital Performer
Set up working with video
Create streamers and punches
Work with sample hosts
Maximize the template
Edit audio
Record soloists and comp tracks
Work with MIDI
Mixing and effects
Spotting a scene with markers
How to determine meters and tempos for your cues
Using Digital Performer's unique "chunks" feature
Set up final stem audio tracks for deliveries to various post production mixing environments

X 480 Introduction to Logic Pro

Learn the features of Logic Pro X
Understanding workflow techniques
Build a quick arrangement using Apple Loops
Use all of the different recording audio settings
Edit audio using a multitude of features and techniques
Manipulating pitch and time, Flex mode
Introduction to MIDI and virtual instruments within Logic Pro X
Record, edit and quantize MIDI
Create, edit and customize virtual drum tracks
Using the iPad to speed up your workflow
Mixing and automation in Logic Pro X
Troubleshooting, optimization and keyboard shortcuts
Export mixes, sharing, and backing up your work

X 479.12 Introduction to Pro Tools

Learn the system capabilities, navigation and display basics of Pro Tools 11
Create your first session
Record audio and MIDI, using loop recording and other techniques
Edit and quantize audio and MIDI
Import and manage media files (audio, midi, video)
Introduction to MIDI and virtual instruments within Pro Tools
Make beats with Pro Tools
Work with Avid Elastic Audio
Work with video and score music for commercials
Create and use memory locations
Introduction to the equalizer, compressor, reverb and delay
Mix using inserts, sends and groups
Enable, play, view, and edit basic automation data
Export mixes, sharing, and backing up your work
Students who have self-determined that they have met all of the skills covered in the above prerequisite
courses, may choose to skip these classes and begin their certificate program with the required film
scoring courses.
For the award, all students must complete a total of 50 units. The units are comprised of 34 units of required courses and 16 units of prerequisite/elective courses.