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Certificate in Music Scoring for Screen and Stage
Certificate in Music Scoring for Screen and Stage

Certificate in Music Scoring for Screen and Stage

  • ID:SC010090
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • Program Eligibility

  • A music-related postsecondary diploma, advanced diploma or degree, with an overall GPA of 2.5, or demonstrated experience.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 – Writing  

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement or five years demonstrated experience, as well as the results of their portfolio assessment.

Course Information

No other music composition program offers this level of collaboration, creativity and multidisciplinary learning to build your music career.

Collaborate on real-life projects

Writing music for screen and stage today is about teamwork. In this program, you'll collaborate with your peers in our renowned arts programs and bring projects to life with music. You'll compose music for animation, video games and apps, film, TV and musical theatre. No other music composition program offers access to these arts programs or provides the broad skill set clients and employers want.

Broaden your skill set

Composing music for screen and stage means being able to take on multiple roles. In this program, you'll develop a broad skill set. You'll learn orchestration, recording, mixing and editing. Using the latest technology, you'll compose music for several of Sheridan's arts programs, and create a workplace-ready demo reel that showcases your ability to work in a variety of media.

Become the complete package

This program brings music and technology together. Many of our students have either a formal music background or technical experience, but not both. This graduate music certificate builds on your existing skill set, while bridging any gaps in experience you may have. You'll have classes in music composition, as well as the technical aspects of recording, mixing and sound design.

Additional information

Music composition isn’t just an art. It’s also a business. Many of our graduates will become self-employed freelancers, so the Music Scoring for Screen and Stage program prepares you for success with a special focus on business and entrepreneurial skills. You’ll learn:

  • How to start a small business.

  • How to market yourself.

  • How to manage the client-composer relationship.

You’ll also learn about royalties — how they work, getting paid and interpreting and developing contracts.

Our renowned arts school also provides unmatched facilities and award-winning faculty. Courses are held at our Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to apply their pre-existing musical knowledge to most of the specific skills of writing, arranging, editing, producing, and administering music for film, television, animation, the stage and video games.

  • Compose music for at least two of the following: live action dramatic short films, animated short films, live musical theatre or video games.

  • Illustrate competency in at least two of the following areas: producing a score recording session, engineering a score recording session, editing recorded music to fit a given visual sequence, arrange or orchestrate a provided musical idea or composition.

  • Articulate the unique responsibilities of the principal and key production personnel involved in visual media, musical theatre productions or game design.

  • Collaborate with a key creative team in the creation of complementary music accompaniment for a storytelling environment.

  • Create original musical elements and deliver to peer content producers within the Sheridan College student community.

  • Arrange and orchestrate a given composition within the creative and practical constraints of a production.

  • Produce all facets of a score recording session including: writing score parts, contracting musicians, preparation of MIDI or digital “guide tracks”, preparation of click tracks, tempo maps, markers.

  • Contextualize differences between composition and composition for stage, screen and games.

  • Argue the complexities of musical themes and development in milestone productions of film, television, games and musical theatre.

  • Contextualize the various social, political, economic, cultural and artistic influences upon composition for visual media, games and musical theatre throughout history.

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Semester 1


  • MUSI 50001, Genres & Scores: Short Films & Musical Theatre, 3

  • MUSI 50172, Composition for Commercials & Short Films, 3

  • MUSI 56859, Introduction to Recording Studio Techniques, 3

  • MUSI 55586, Orchestration 1, 3

  • MUSI 56529, The Digital Audio Workstation, 3

  • MUSI 57370, The Composer's Toolkit , 3

  • BUSM 54998, Pitching, Negotiating, Collaborating, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 2


  • MUSI 55142, Genres & Scores: Games & Feature Films, 3

  • MUSI 53796, Composition for Animation & TV, 3

  • MUSI 57721, Recording Studio Techniques 2, 3

  • MUSI 57028, Orchestration 2, 3

  • MUSI 56367, Introduction to Mixing, 3

  • THET 54310, Storytelling in a Song: Musical Theatre, 3

  • BUSM 50123, Introduction to Business for Screen Composers, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 3


  • MEDA 50261, Principles of Music & Sound Design, 3

  • MUSI 56048, Composition & Orchestration: Game Audio & Orchestra, 6

  • MUSI 57900, Recording Studio Techniques 3, 3

  • MUSI 51799, Advanced Mixing: Mastering, Surround Sound & Immersive Audio, 3

  • BUSM 51632, Advanced Business for Screen Composers, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Many of our graduates will go on to develop successful freelance careers, so we teach you the ins and outs of running a small business. You’ll also learn the music and technical skills you need to excel in several career areas. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to tackle any project with confidence.

Sample career areas:

  • Film and television

  • Video games and apps

  • Animation

  • Children's programming

  • Musical theatre

  • Recording engineering

  • Music editing

  • Marketing and advertising

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Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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