Frequently asked questions
HOW TO APPLY
1. Fill out the online application form
We will need your email and phone number to let you know of the status of your application and to send payment details. Also, for some applicants we may ask for further information such as any previous orchestral scores or additional music.
2. Brief biography (max 300 words)
Tell us about your musical background, what courses you have taken and your level of orchestration and music technology knowledge. We'd also love to hear about music that you have written and your experience in writing for orchestral ensembles (if any), or any scores you have written for the screen. Finally, let us know why you'd like to participate and what you'd like to gain from the experience.
3. Send a link of one piece of music
Take note that submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as we are looking for talent and potential, not simply production value.
Cues could be of any length and represent your style. Live recordings, virtual instruments, or a combination of the two are all eligible.
must be orchestrated by you and not a third party.
Applicants will be selected according to the quality of submitted works.
4. Click SUBMIT
CLICK TO APPLY
EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE NEEDED
Participants should have:
Headphones or good monitors
External hard drive with ample storage
Mp3’s of your best work to be viewed by tutors (optional)
Previous scores of your work (optional)
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE COURSE?
Successful participant submissions will be sent bank transfer details and payment schedule via email. Observers will also be sent bank transfer details to pay their fees.
An initial deposit of
10% will be required for participants on acceptance of the summer program offer from Screen Composer Academy. This deposit is
The remaining tuition fee is due before
May 10th 2021 for participants.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
This program has been developed for composers with a level of musicianship that includes some experience/education of instrumentation and orchestration for orchestral ensembles. Relevant backgrounds may include having studied music through formal education or through instrumental musicianship and/or performing.
As this is an intensive program led by professionals in the field, a certain level of adeptness and experience with music technology and notation is needed as well as a real interest in scoring for films and games.
HOW WILL MY SCORES AND PARTS BE PRINTED?
Screen Composer Academy will provide paper and a printing service at the location. We will print the final version after all the changes have been made during the mentoring sessions and all scores and parts have been checked by faculty staff.
All recording and score preparation instructions will be given in the first week of lectures with templates provided for Sibelius, Finale and Dorico.
HOW WILL I GET MY RECORDINGS?
The recording session will be emailed to you with folders that will contain the multitracks (spot mics, Decca tree etc), monitor mixes (stereo), ProTools sessions and video files.
TUITION FEE REFUND POLICY
If a participant/observer cancels before
May 10th, 2021, a full refund (minus the 10% participant non-refundable deposit) will be given. After
May 10th, 2021 the following refund policy is as follows:
Screen Composer Academy reserves the right to cancel any composer's participation if the tuition is not paid in full prior to
May 10th, 2021. In this event, tuition paid up until this date will be refunded, less the non-refundable deposit.
If due to unforeesable circumstances the intensive summer program course does not go ahead then all deposits and course fees received will be fully refunded, including the initial deposit.
May 30th, 2021, tuition is
75% refundable (minus the 10% non-refundable deposit)
June 10th, 2021, tuition is
50% refundable (minus the 10% non-refundable deposit)
June 10th, 2021, tuition is non-refundable
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THIS PROGRAM?
Screen Composer Academy has created this program for composers who are seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in writing for film and gaming, as well as gain experience in writing for a symphonic orchestra.
In addition, students will have not only daily lectures but also one-on-one mentoring sessions with Hollywood film and game composers, faculty staff and tutors, for industry and compositional advice, comprehensive information about the business of film and game composing and how to further their careers.
This program will focus on:
The students will receive:
Instrumentation,orchestration and arrangement, score preparation
Midi-mockups, mixing and music technology
Reading visual cues for film and game cinematics
Scoring for film and game compositional approaches
Game audio interactive approaches
Industry business and career development
Working with and recording an orchestra
Creating original music
Screen Composer Academy reserves the right to modify program guests, conditions and events as necessary.
One recording session; strings ensemble to a film or game cue
Multitracks of the session and a monitor mix
Individual tutoring and feedback on composition and midi mockups
Video recording of the sessions
A certificate of completion for all students with top students recieving a Diploma (backed by Pulse College) that will provide a discounted entry to the MA in Scoring for Film, TV and Interactive Media (soon to be announced). Entry to the Pulse Masters is at the discretion of Pulse College and dependent on students passing the mandatory interview and meeting the academic requirements