Film Scoring, Certificate

Film Scoring, Certificate


Instruction emphasizes maximizing a project's budget by composing music both electronically using MIDI and using professional musicians. 

Students of this Film Scoring Film Scoring Certificate at UCLA Extension UCLA Extension learn the essential creative, business and technical skills needed for a successful career in film scoring. By the program end, participants have composed and produced many pieces suitable for their professional reels.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Duration description

      Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): Up to 12 quarters

  • Credits
    48 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Harmony l: Crash Course in Composing for Tonal Music 
  • Harmony II: Techniques for Composing Contemporary Music 
  • The Art of Counterpoint 
  • Instrumentation and Introduction to Orchestration
  •  Recording, Mixing, and Editing Techniques for Film Composers
  • Film Scoring on a Budget

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: 3

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

      • Create a student profile, apply to your certificate program, and pay the candidacy fee
      • Navigate to the International Student Certificate Program Application and submit when all pages are complete
      • Pay international student fees.  You will be prompted to pay the international student fee when you submit your completed application. You will pay the remaining international student fees via the links on the international student fee page.
      • Send required documents to the International Student Office

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        14750 USD/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 14750 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
      • National Applies to you

        14750 USD/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 14750 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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      Estimated Total Cost: $15,500

      Living costs for Los Angeles

      • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


      Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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