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.

  • Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
  • Session One Dates: June 4 - June 22, 2018
  • Session Two Dates: June 25 - July 13, 2018

Summer Study Abroad at Berklee's Valencia Campus

A music production and technology student listens in class

Faculty Alex Perrin explains the monetization of apps in the technology driven business class

Faculty Alfons Conde teaching an introduction to scoring class

Faculty Ben Cantil gives a student a high five in his Ableton Live class

Faculty Jon Forsyth and students learning in the music video production class

Music business students pay attention in class


Students getting some work done in the technology lab

Students on a sunset boat ride on the Albufera natural park south of Valencia

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus Tour

Study Abroad Student Experience

A beautiful sunset over the Albufera, a natural water park south of Valencia where students took an afternoon excusion

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 Calendar

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Program Sessions

The campus is located in Valencia, Spain in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, one of Valencia’s most recognized architectural marvels. 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.

Session One: June 4 - June 22, 2018

Session Two: June 25 - July 13, 2018

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.

Music business students pay attention in class

Faculty Alex Perrin explains the monetization of apps in the technology driven business class

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: June 4 - June 22

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.

Digital Strategies and Branding for Entertainment
  • MB-P376
  • 2 credit(s)

This course explores the impact social media has had on the music industry, specifically for independent music professionals. Students learn how to leverage the combination of social media channels with new, DIY 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.

International Industry Seminar
  • MB-499
  • 2 credit(s)

The global music industry is responsible for the supply of music content and brands to music consumers around the world. The digital environment in which this international flow of content occurs has created a new paradigm for regional and national music brands willing to expand beyond their home market, regardless of geography. In this course, students examine the national and regional music industries that have adapted particularly well to this new business model and forged paths into various international markets—many of which, to a great extent, remain impenetrable. Students analyze these successful businesses and the various ways they have reached transnational audiences, which often challenge common practices in the global music industry. 

Session Two Module: June 25 - July 13

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.

Managing Technology-Driven Business
  • MB-389
  • 2 credit(s)

This course will explore the underlying technology and terminology required to effectively communicate and conduct business in the technology-driven marketplace. In today's business environment, it is essential for managers and executives to understand the basic concepts behind contemporary information systems and how they can be used effectively in business. Topics include hardware, software, network architecture, information security, data warehousing, customer interfaces, and online marketing opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work with common open source applications used for content management, customer relationship management, online purchasing and payment systems, and more.

Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
  • MB-211
  • 2 credit(s)

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.

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.

Students getting some work done in the technology lab

Faculty Jon Forsyth and students learning in the music video production class

Faculty Ben Cantil gives a student a high five in his Ableton Live class

A music production and technology student listens in class

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: June 4 - June 22

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.

Electronic Dance Music Creation With Ableton Live
  • MTI-307
  • 2 credit(s)

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.

Music Video Production and Dissemination
  • MTI-309
  • 2 credit(s)

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.

Ben Cantil

Assistant Professor

Jon Forsyth

Assistant Professor

Session Two Module: June 25 - July 13

Students who sign up for the Music Production and Technology module for session two will take one, four-credit class taught by two faculty members. This class will take place each day Monday - Friday during session two.

Recording and Mixing Skills for Music Production

  • MTI-303
  • 4 credits
  • Session Two
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: MTEC-111

This project-based course is broken into two sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the class, 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. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. 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.

Pablo Schuller

Assistant Professor

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.

Faculty Alfons Conde teaching an introduction to scoring class.

Students in the film scoring during the Introduction to Film Scoring class

Faculty Lucio Godoy teaches a film scoring class.

Students in the technology lab for class

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: June 4 - June 22

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

Introduction to Film Scoring for Non-Majors
  • FS-114
  • 2 credit(s)

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. This course is suitable for students not intending to major in film scoring.

Alfons Conde

Assistant Professor

Vanessa Garde

Assistant Professor

Session Two Module: June 25 - July 13

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

Film Scoring Techniques for Composers
  • FS-391
  • 2 credit(s)

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.

Video Game Scoring Fundamentals
  • CW-370
  • 2 credit(s)

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.

Lucio Godoy

Program Director

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

Admissions

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.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a letter of recommendation from the dean or director of your university department or your official university transcripts directly to the application.
    If you don't have this document ready, you may email it at a later date to summervalencia@berklee.edu.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee by credit or debit card. Fee Waiver: If you are a current Berklee student or alumni, you'll see an option to request a fee waiver on the application.

Application Deadline:

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

  • Application Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • 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, Peru, 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.

Tuition Fees

*Tuition for summer 2018 will be updated by December 2017

Tuition must be paid on or before April 28, 2018.

Summer 2017 Tuition and Costs

Tuition and Costs for Two Sessions (Six Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $7,830
  • Comprehensive fee2: $258

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.

Tuition and Costs for One Session (Three Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $4,170
  • Comprehensive fee2: $129

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.

Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible. Once the program reaches full capacity, students depositing subsequently will be put on a wait-list. The Valencia summer programs office will get in contact with you with further information if you are put on a wait-list.

How to Pay Tuition

Choose a payment option below.

Credit Card/E-check

Online
Log onto my.berklee.edu, click on the Students tab, then “make a payment”. Payment made through this option will be posted to your student account immediately.

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Paying by Flywire with Credit or Debit Card
Depending on what country you are paying from, visit flywire.com/school/berklee to pay tuition by credit or debit card. Flywire charges you in your local currency, and tells you the exact amount that will be charged before you make the payment. You can also use Flywire to do a bank transfer (see the below payment option).

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Pay With FlyWire

Paying Over the Phone with Credit Card
To make a credit card or e-check payment by phone, call 1 866 661-9951. Payment made by telephone will be posted to your student account the next business day. When making payment by telephone, your payment confirmation number will serve as your receipt. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.5 percent service charge. There is no charge for EFT/electronic checks.

Mailing Checks

Include your student ID number with the check payment.

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street

MS-921 BUR
Boston, MA 02215

Wire Transfers: Domestic and International

Visit flywire.com/school/berklee to pay your tuition bill by bank transfer. Flywire charges you in your local currency, and tells you the exact amount that will be charged before you make the payment.

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Pay With Flywire


Withdraw and Refund Policy

Before Program Starts

If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund prior to the program start date, you must send an email to bursarvalencia@berklee.edu. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable.

The last day to request a full refund is as follows:

  • Students in session one only: May 21, 2018
  • Students in session two only: June 11, 2018
  • Students in both sessions one and two: May 21, 2018

After the Program Starts

After the above dates, partial tuition refunds will be made according to the following schedule:

Students Participating in One Session Only
If a student withdraws before the end of the first week of classes (June 8, 2018, for session one or June 29, 2018, for session two), a partial refund of 50 percent will be issued for tuition. After the first week of classes, no refund will be issued. Please note the comprehensive fee is not refundable.

Students Participating in Two Sessions
For students withdrawing during the first two weeks of the program, a partial refund will be issued for tuition according to the following schedule (the comprehensive fee is non-refundable):

  • Withdrawal during the first week of class: 66 percent
  • Withdrawal during the second week of class: 33 percent
  • Withdrawal after the second week of class: No refund

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An opportunity for students from around the world to earn undergraduate college credit at Berklee.

This program is a truly unique Berklee experience. A mix of technology, musical inspiration and practical experience while living on the vibrant Mediterranean coast for either three or six weeks.

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Contact Summer Programs in Valencia

For all summer programs located on the Valencia campus, this is the contact information:

  • Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)
  • Email: summervalencia@berklee.edu

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