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. Music submitted 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:

  • Laptop
  • Midi Keyboard
  • DAW
  • Sample Libraries
  • Notation Program
  • 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 ( €120 deposit, remainder before June 10th 2021). An initial deposit of 10% will be required for participants on acceptance of the summer program offer from Screen Composer Academy. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining tuition fee is due before June 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:

  • Cancellation before May 30th, 2021, tuition is 75% refundable (minus the 10% non-refundable deposit)
  • Cancellation before June 10th, 2021, tuition is 50% refundable (minus the 10% non-refundable deposit)
  • Cancellation after June 10th, 2021, tuition is non-refundable
Screen Composer Academy reserves the right to cancel any composer's participation if the tuition is not paid in full prior to June 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.




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:

  • 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
The students will receive:
  • 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
Screen Composer Academy reserves the right to modify program guests, conditions and events as necessary.