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Columbia College Chicago
Semester in L.A.

Semester in L.A.

Semester in L.A.: Film Scoring is a twelve-credit, five-week intensive course in scoring, producing, recording and mixing music for films. You will be trained by instructor Andy Hill, visit film studios, and work in an on-site sound stage. You will also have access to our facilities at CBS, and to computer equipment.

In addition to lab time working on your score, you will also have the opportunity to learn about film scoring first-hand from lectures and Q&A with speakers who are industry professionals. Topics will include:

  • Composer casting: the producer's perspective, the director's perspective, the studio's perspective, the agency's perspective
  • Scoring the subtext
  • Orchestrating under dialogue; mixing under dialogue and effects
  • Working under deadlines
  • Contracting an orchestra
  • Orchestration/ghost writing
  • Finishing touches
  • Scoring stage protocol
  • Preparing a demo

Your music compositions will be performed and recorded by LA musicians at one of the best and most advanced recording studios in the country. As part of your studies, you will produce a demo of your final music mix synchronized to video, with an accompanying promotional brochure based on industry standards.

For students in the Columbia College Chicago Music Program, the Semester in LA fulfills the requirements for these four senior-level courses:

32-3998 Independent Project
32-3241 Composing for Film
32-3920 Record Production Lab
32-3988 Internship: Music

For more information on the Semester in LA program, please visit the Film and Video Department site.