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Master the art of composing for animation, games, television and stage.
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.
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.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
Courses subject to change.
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A music-related postsecondary diploma, advanced diploma or degree, with an overall GPA of 2.5, or demonstrated experience.
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.
Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.
Domestic applicants with education outside of Canada must have their transcripts assessed for equivalency through ICAS or WES. A comprehensive (course-by-course) post-secondary credential assessment is required.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
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
- Children's programming
- Musical theatre
- Recording engineering
- Music editing
- Marketing and advertising
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.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$9,454.02
Notes: Fees for 3 semester program
Fees for International students$19,975.02
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Full-time 1 year Program code: PMSFS
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