Summer Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain | Berklee Valencia Campus

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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.

Session One: June 5 - June 24, 2016

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Session Two: June 26 - July 15, 2016

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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: June 5 - June 24

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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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-P376: Digital Strategies and Branding for Entertainment

  • MB-P376
  • 2 credits
  • Session Two
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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.

Session Two Module: June 26 - July 15

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-499: International Music Business Seminar

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

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.

MB-P389: Managing a Technology-Driven Business

  • MB-P389
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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.

David Loscos

Instructor

Alexandre Perrin

Associate Professor

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: June 5 - June 24

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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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.

Ben Cantil

Assistant Professor

Jon Forsyth

Assistant Professor

Session Two Module: June 26 - July 15

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.

MTI-303: 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 weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, 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

Chris Wainwright

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.

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 5 - June 24

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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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-P261: Introduction to Scoring Technology for Composers

  • FS-P261
  • 2 credits
  • Session One
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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.

Alfons Conde

Assistant Professor

Vanessa Garde

Assistant Professor

Session Two Module: June 26 - July 15

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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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
  • Prerequisites for current Berklee students: 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.

Lucio Godoy

Program Director

Sergio Jimenez is also faculty for session two.

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

The application is not yet open for summer 2017. Sign up to receive program information and notification when the application opens.

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 attending the Summer Study Abroad program are required to stay in the student residence in Valencia. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable environment while abroad.

Students stay at the Galileo Galilei student residence, located at the Valencia Polytechnic University. There is a choice of a single room with private bath, or a double room with private bath, shared by the two roommates. The student residence is coed, but the shared rooms are not. 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.

A housing waiver may be requested by students who are either 24 years or older, have a parent or legal guardian that lives in Valencia, or have a disability that requires accommodations that the student residence in Valencia is not able to provide. Contact summervalencia@berklee.edu for more details.

Housing Costs and Check In and Out Dates

Two Sessions (Six Weeks)

  • Double room: $1,175 per student
  • Single room: $1,500 per student

Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: Saturday June 4, 2016
  • Dorm check-out: Saturday July 16, 2016

One Session (Three Weeks)

  • Double room: $600 per student
  • Single room: $800 per student

Session One Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: Saturday June 4, 2016
  • Dorm check-out: Saturday June 25, 2016

Session Two Housing Dates

  • Dorm check-in: Saturday June 25, 2016
  • Dorm check-out: Saturday July 16, 2016

Included Services

Students have access to the following complementary services and facilities:

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the residence
  • Linens: sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows
  • Cleaning service: all rooms are cleaned once per week, including a change of sheets once per week and towels twice per week.
  • Shared kitchen on each floor and personal kitchen utensil packs
  • Fitness room and classes
  • TV/games room
  • Music room

Additional Services

The Galileo Galilei residence offers students an array of additional services for a fee. Sample services include:

  • Meal plans and/or individual meals
  • Refrigerator and/or TV for their room
  • Laundry: Access to the laundry room or arranged through the cleaning service (fees vary)

Getting to Campus

The Berklee campus is located approximately two miles from the student residence. Most students either bike, walk, or take the public bus to get to school.

  • Bike: Many students take advantage of Valenbisi, Valencia’s public bike-sharing system. For a low cost students can sign up for a pass that allows them unlimited use of bicycles, with the first half hour of each trip being free. There are Valenbisi stations located all around the city, including several that are close to the residence and to the campus.
  • Bus: The public bus #No. 40 runs along a main road that connects the residence and the campus. Average travel time is about 30-35 minutes.
  • Walk: Valencia is known for its beautiful weather! Walking is a great way to travel to campus, while getting some exercise and soaking in the sun. Average travel time is about 40-45 minutes.

Transportation to Berklee Valencia

Tuition Fees

Tuition must be paid on or before June 15, 2016.

Tuition for Two Sessions (Six Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $7,750
  • 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.

See housing for information about housing costs.

Tuition for One Session (Three Weeks)

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $4,130
  • 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.

See housing for information about housing costs.

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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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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Withdraw and Refund Policy

If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, 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: June 3
  • Students in session two only: June 24
  • Students in both sessions one and two: June 3

After the above dates pass, 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 10, 2016, for session one or July 1, 2016, for session two), a partial refund of 50 percent will be issued for tuition, comprehensive fee, and housing. After the first week of classes, no refund will be issued.

Students Participating in Two Sessions
For students withdrawing during the first two weeks of the program, a partial refund will be issued for tuition, comprehensive fee, and housing according to the following schedule::

  • 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

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