Students can combine their passion for music and video games with a composition course at Berklee College of Music, part of a push by colleges to cater to a booming video-game market.
The Boston Globe reports that the college is one of several teaching students to prepare video games’ musical scores, an option that has emerged in the last decade. Berklee now offers several courses in video-game scoring, and a summer program in music for video games.
Berklee first offered a course exclusively on game audio about four years ago. Michael Sweet, an associate professor who teaches video-game composition, lists one of his goals on his faculty profile as building “the John Williams for video games in the next generations.”
Mr. Sweet, a 1990 Berklee graduate, told the Globe that video games were popular when he was a student but not considered a career possibility. “Now, it’s a juggernaut,” he said. The quality of artwork and production values are “dramatically higher,” he told the newspaper, “and so is the orchestral work.”