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Summer Study Abroad

Program Description

The Spain Summer Study Abroad program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world to earn undergraduate college credit at Berklee. The campus is located in Valencia, Spain in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, one of Valencia’s most recognized architectural marvels.

All classes are taught by Berklee faculty from both our Valencia and Boston campuses. The state-of-the-art technological resources of the Valencia campus give students a dynamic and intimate environment in which to experience an enriching selection of courses and study with leading artists and professors. The program is a truly unique Berklee experience with a mix of technology, musical inspiration and practical experience while living on the vibrant Mediterranean coast for either three or six weeks.

Program Sessions

The program consists of two sessions and features three areas of study: Music Production and Technology, Music and Entertainment Business, and Film Scoring. Students choose one module each session, with the option of taking one or both sessions. A module consists of two courses focused on a specific area of study for a total of 4 college credits. Students taking two sessions are able to choose the same area of study for both sessions, or to explore two different areas, one in each session.

Program Calendar

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Music and Entertainment Business

If you are always thinking of ways to innovate antiquated business models of the music and entertainment industry, this module is for you. During an intensive six weeks, spend time with Berklee faculty and peers from around the world sharpening your knowledge in marketing, management, and legal aspects of international music business.

Prerequisites

Current Berklee students must refer to all established course prerequisites (see course descriptions).

For all non-Berklee students, a Math proficiency up to an intermediate algebra level is required. Completion of a basic course in Berklee Online such as Music Business 101 is recommended but not required.

Session One Module: May 22 to June 12

Students who sign up for the music and entertainment business module for session one will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

MB-211: Legal Aspects of the Music Industry

  • MB-211
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: None

An overview of business and legal issues of special concern to musicians and songwriters, with special emphasis on copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, and relationships between artists and other parties, including managers, producers, and investors.

MB-P389: Managing a Technology-Driven Business

  • MB-P389
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MB-255 or MB-355

This course will introduce students to the concepts and requirements that must be considered and implemented during the critical planning stages of a business startup. Students will learn the basic concepts, including market research, submission of business licensing applications, regulatory filings, first contact with the IRS and state departments of revenue, location, organizational structure, financing, employee issues, and many other considerations. Guest speakers will be invited to speak on selected topics.

Session Two Module: June 12 to July 3

Students who sign up for the Music and Entertainment Business module for session two will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

MB-P499: International Music Business Seminar

  • MB-P499
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to immerse students in the European and global music industries and engage them in a variety of real-world professional settings. The term will begin with an overview of both research writing and methodology related to field study and the global music industry today. Students will interact with industry leaders, conduct interviews, and explore music business applications throughout the semester. Off-campus experiences will be partnered with weekly in-class seminar-style discussions to foster student reflections, evaluations, and comparisons between European and U.S. music and entertainment business models and policy.

MB-P376: Digital Strategies and Branding for Entertainment

  • MB-P376
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MB 255 or 355

This course explores the impact social media has had on the music industry, specifically for independent music professionals. Students learn how to use leverage the combination of social media channels with new, “do-it-yourself” content publishing and distribution platforms to reach a wider audience. Finally, this course shows students how this combination can allow music professionals to reach a wider audience directly, allowing them to bypass the interference of traditional mediating partners and retain more creative and even direct compensation for their work.

All instruction is conducted in English. Students must have proficient English oral, writing and reading skills.

Music Production and Technology

The music production and technology module is designed to give music students a comprehensive overview of the tools and technology used in the industry today. You will get hands-on experience using the latest software and have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios. If you love music and are passionate about technology, this is the perfect way to spend your summer and add a new skill set to your repertoire.

Prerequisites

Students enrolling in the music production and technology track should have knowledge of Macintosh operating systems and the concepts of multi-track music production and MIDI.

For non-Berklee undergraduate students, completion of a basic course on Berklee Online, such as Desktop Music Production for Mac, ProTools 101, Music Production Analysis, or Critical Listening 1, is recommended but not required.

Session One Module: May 22 to June 12

Students who sign up for the music production and technology module for session one will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

MTI-P307: Electronic Dance Music Creation with Ableton Live

  • MTI- P307
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.

MTI-P309: Music Video Production and Dissemination

  • MTI-P309
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.

Session Two Module: June 12 to July 3

Students who sign up for the Music Production and Technology module for session two will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

MTI-P305: Recording Skills for Music Production

  • MTI-P305
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MTEC-111

In this project-based production and engineering course, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. In doing this, students acquire technical skills, including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, an understanding of signal flow, equalization, compression, gain stages, and effective capture of musical audio. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.

MTI-P306: Mixing for Musicians

  • MTI-P306
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This is a project-based mixing course geared toward musicians. Students learn basic aspects of editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also learn mixing techniques and analysis, and an introduction to digital editing and signal processing. Students complete this course in conjunction with MTI-P305 Production and Recording Stratagems. Together, in the two courses, students learn the complete production process from preproduction through the mixing and delivery stage.

All instruction is conducted in English. Students must have proficient English oral, writing and reading skills.

Film Scoring

If you are a composer interested in learning about scoring for film and interactive media (video games), then this is the program for you. Students will be immersed in the aesthetic relationship between media and music and narrative analysis. They will also receive an introduction to the technology involved in this industry, such as MIDI/audio sequencing in scoring to picture and maximizing dramatic expression through the use of available software tools.

Prerequisites

Current Berklee students must refer to all establish course prerequisites (see course descriptions).

Students enrolling in the Film Scoring program must have competency in music composition, with musicianship (harmony, ear training, and rhythmic skills) at the minimum level of a first or second year music major at the university level. They also should have knowledge of Macintosh operating systems and the concepts of multi-track music production and MIDI.

For non-Berklee undergraduate students, completion of a basic music production course on Berklee Online, such as Desktop Music Production for Mac, ProTools 101, Music Production Analysis, or Critical Listening 1, is recommended but not required.

Session One Module: May 22 to June 12

Students who sign up for the film scoring module for session one will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

FS-P114: Introduction to Film Scoring

  • FS-P114
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: LENG 111

An investigation of the aesthetic relationship between film and music. Discussion of the many functions of film music with analysis of its most effective application to dramatic situations. Exploration of career opportunities in film and television music.

FS-P211: Introduction to Scoring Technology for Composers

  • FS-P211
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Berklee Prerequisites: FS-221, CM-221, CM-231, CP-212 or CP-215, and ISKB-212

An investigation of the aesthetic relationship between film and music. Discussion of the many functions of film music with analysis of its most effective application to dramatic situations. Exploration of career opportunities in film and television music.

Session Two Module: June 12 to July 3

Students who sign up for the film scoring module for session two will take the following two classes for a total of 4 credits.

FS-391: Film Scoring Techniques for Composers

  • FS-391
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216; FS-221, CM-212, and CP-212, and either PW-161 or EP-225 or MP-225

This course is intended to give non-film scoring majors an overview of the mechanics of synchronization and the psychological implications of applying music to film. Analysis of special dramatic situations will be followed by applications of scoring and synchronization techniques. Exploration of career opportunities in film and television music.

CW-370: Video Game Scoring Fundamentals

  • CW-370
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Berklee Prerequisites: CW-361, FS-361, or EP-371

This course provides students a one-semester overview of approaches to scoring for video games. Beginning with a short history of interactive music, the content includes typical game music workflow and approaches to scoring video games. Assignments include scoring projects using different interactive music techniques. Students will be able to describe the history, theory, mechanisms, and basic approaches to writing music for video games. They will be able to write simple to moderate interactive scores using the most commonly used methods in the industry. In addition students will discuss and learn about specific industry issues related to working in this field.

All instruction is conducted in English. Students must have proficient English oral, writing and reading skills.

Admissions

Application Process

PLEASE NOTE: The application period will open shortly for Summer Study Abroad. To receive an email when the application period opens and other important information about Summer Study Abroad, fill out your name and email in the "Request information" section on this page.

To apply, applicants must complete a three-step process:

  • Complete the Summer Study Abroad online application.
  • Pay the application fee of $50 (you can pay by credit/debit card once you submit the application). The application fee is waived for Berklee students.
  • Submit one of the following:
    - A recommendation letter from the Dean or Director of your college or department. This letter must confirm your enrollment in the college for a minimum of one year and good academic standing.
    - An official copy of your university transcript.

All material should be sent by email to summervalencia@berklee.edu or by mail to the address at the bottom of this page. If the original documents are not in English, please also submit an official notarized English translation.

Application Deadline:

In order for your application to be complete, you need to complete all the above steps by the deadline.

  • April 15, 2015

Eligibility

The program is open to Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed minimum one year of college.

Passport and Visa

Citizens from the countries listed below do not require a special visa to travel to Spain as a tourist and study for up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong and Macao (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

If your country is not listed above you will need a tourist visa for up to 90 days and should check with the Spanish consulate in your country for visa requirements.

All students that require a visa to enroll in this program must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended return date. Students who do not have a valid passport should get one as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.

Housing

Students enrolled in the program are required to stay in a student residence (dorm) in Valencia. There is no on-campus housing on the Valencia campus, so Berklee will arrange the housing with a private student residence near campus.

Students can choose between a single or double room, with private bath. Berklee will try to meet student preferences for single or double rooms, however single rooms are limited. Students who choose to stay in a double room may submit a roommate request, and we will attempt to arrange all requests. Students in double rooms who do not identify a preferred roommate will be matched with other students.

Housing Costs

Two Sessions (Six Weeks)

  • Double room: $ 950 per student
  • Single room: $ 1,450 per student

Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: May 21, 2015
  • Dorm check-out: July 5, 2015

One Session (Three Weeks)

  • Double room: $ 510 per student
  • Single room: $ 770 per student

Session One Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: May 21, 2015
  • Dorm check-out: June 14, 2015

Session Two Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: June 11, 2015
  • Dorm check-out: July 5, 2015

The housing cost includes: single or double room with private bath, internet, and weekly cleaning service. Meals are not included. Students must buy their own meals and food. There are cafeterias in the dorm and on campus where students can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at affordable prices.

Tuition Fees

All tuition and fees must be paid by May 8, 2015.

Two Sessions (Six Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $7,500
  • Comprehensive fee2: $250

Tuition and Fee Notes

1. Application fee is non-refundable.
2. Comprehensive Fee: The comprehensive fee covers services and facilities that students have access to, augmenting the academic experience.

See housing for information about housing costs.

One Session (Three Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $4,000
  • Comprehensive fee2: $125

Tuition and Fee Notes

1. Application fee is non-refundable.
2. Comprehensive Fee: The comprehensive fee covers services and facilities that students have access to, augmenting the academic experience.

See housing for information about housing costs.

Contact

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)

Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (9am-7pm CET)
Email: summervalencia@berklee.edu