Creating quality education takes a lot of brilliant minds, and it’s part of our mission to make education in the arts and creative technologies both accessible and affordable to students all over the world. That’s why we’re especially excited to announce our two newest partners: Berklee College of Music and Columbia University.

berklee1Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business.


Columbia University Partners with KadenzeFor more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of its wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and service to society.

What’s a new partner without new courses? You’ll see one from each: Berklee (Sound Design with Kontakt) and Columbia (History of Music Production Techniques). These are just the first courses coming out of these incredible schools, so stay tuned.

Kadenze is doing incredibly innovative work, particularly with a platform and assessment tools designed for music and the arts. Berklee Online is thrilled to join this community and provide cutting-edge learning experiences to music students around the world.

-Carin Nuernberg, Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee College of Music

We also want to take this opportunity to announce two incredible courses in development with one of our current partners, California College of the Arts. We’ll be working together to make courses in 3D modeling and cinematic storytelling. CCA will be offering college credit in both!

CCA announces new courses with KadenzeCalifornia College of the Arts (CCA) is at the forefront of arts education. For more than a century, CCA has been training leaders in a host of creative fields, from architecture and design to fine arts and creative writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the learning environment encourages collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. CCA offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs, including innovative programs such as the MBA in Design Strategy, Interaction Design, and Curatorial Practice.

More details below:

Sound Design with Kontakt


Berklee College of Music
Loudon Stearns

This four-session course explores a practical approach to composing and producing music with Native Instruments Kontakt. We will cover the most important technical and aesthetic aspects of creating music with the industry-standard Kontakt sampler. Weekly assignments will give you practical experience in putting these technical skills in a musical context. Learn more…

The History of Music Production Techniques


Columbia University
Terry Pender

Over the past fifteen years, many of the music industry’s greatest artists have made public valuable information about how they created their iconic sounds. Through the release of memoirs and interviews, their techniques—once considered closely-guarded industry secrets and the keys to their success—are now available to anyone who wants to use them. Learn more…

Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation with Maya: Tradition Meets Technology

3d modeling

California College of the Arts
Valerie Mih

3D modeling and animation have transformed numerous fields, including filmmaking, computer games, architecture and product design. Yet the underlying basis of high-quality 3D production originates in traditional design and animation methodologies. This course provides an introduction to the exciting world of 3D content creation, while emphasizing its connection to the creative thought process. Learn more…

The Art of Cinematic Storytelling: First Steps


California College of the Arts
Craig Good

This course is an introduction to the methods of cinematic storytelling, with an emphasis on visual grammar and techniques. Students will learn story structure, and how to develop written or spoken ideas into a clear dramatic narrative arc, and how to edit and juxtapose images to create a clear and emotionally engaging result. Learn more…