Diploma in Audio and Music Technology (Full Time)
A career in the music, sound and media industries can be immensely rewarding, both creatively and technically.
Behind every successful artist there’s a team of talented, hard-working audio & production professionals. To become one of these professionals, you need to be skilled in areas such as recording, music technology, live sound and post-production.
The Pulse College Diploma in Audio and Music Technology has been designed in conjunction with industry experts and run exclusively by industry professionals. This hands-on, technical programme will give you the tools you need to follow your passion and make it a success.
Located in Windmill Lane Recording Studios, one of the most famous studios in the world, your induction into the music industry begins the moment you step into its hallowed doors.
This programme takes a hands-on and direct approach to providing you with the skills needed to start a career in audio and music technology. All tutors are industry professionals who bring a vast amount of real-world experience to the programme. The diploma has a major focus on practical projects, within our studios and collaboratively with students from our Film, Game and Animation programmes. Additionally, students may be invited to participate in commercial sessions in Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
This exciting and renowned program has a proven track record of providing industry-ready graduates, and has been a springboard for many successful careers. If you have the passion for audio and a real desire to jump into practical and intensive training, the Pulse College Diploma in Audio & Music Technology is for you.
Professional Development for Music and Sound Industries
This unit develops learners’ knowledge of employment roles, regulation and professional development within music and sound industries. In this unit learners will investigate freelance roles within the industry, continuous professional development and the legal and regulatory frameworks in which the industry operates.
Multitrack Recording and Mixing
The aim of this unit is to give learners a good preparatory understanding of the standards required to prepare and complete an original recording that can be used as a demo disc or included within a promotional portfolio.
Audio Connectivity and Interface Techniques
This unit develops learner’s knowledge of the connection of signals and signal paths, both digital and analogue, and the factors that affect signal quality.
Audio Mix and Automation & Control Surfaces
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop skills in mixing and production techniques, which involve significant amounts of automation creatively to achieve specified results.
Stereo Microphone Techniques
This unit introduces the learner to the recording of non-amplified acoustic performances using stereo microphone techniques in a suitable performance space.
Composition Skills for Music and Sound Industries
In this unit, learners will be asked to evaluate the different areas key to creating original compositions with an emphasis on using music technology processes and instrumentation. Production features are examined as a compositional tool within the overall category of instrumentation.
- Apple Logic Pro
- AVID ProTools
Students who complete this course will be eligible to interview for our Level 8 BA (Hons) Degree in Audio and Music Technology and/or to work in a variety of entry-level roles within the audio and music industries. For more information on the options open to you following completion of this course, please contact us.
Interview Applications Now Open for September 2017!
This course is a direct application course and includes an interview. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will contact you to schedule your course interview.
The programme is designed for all ages and skill levels, whether you are new to the industry, looking to up-skill, or wanting to learn new skills and enhance your career options within the audio and music industries. No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications.
Please see further information on the course requirements and interview process below:
General Course Requirements
- To have a proven interest in audio and sound engineering, and an interest in related creative media arts
- Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential
- A willingness to explore new ideas is important alongside a positive attitude towards this creative field of study
This course requires an interview as part of your applications. Please see the FAQ’s below for commonly asked questions regarding the interview process.
Where do the interviews take place?
The interviews are held in:
Windmill Lane Recording Studios,
20 Ringsend Road,
How long will the interview be?
The interview will be typically 20–30 minutes long.
What should I bring?
Bring a C.V. that includes results of any music exams / tests you have completed to date. It should also include details of any groups / associations you have been a member of. It should also list your hobbies / interests.
If you have a portfolio of work, please bring that too; CD is the preferred format, and it should include no more than four pieces. These pieces should demonstrate your abilities as a musician, composer or producer (or all three!). Please note this is not a mandatory requirement.
Is there a music test?
No, there will be some questions about music. You won’t be asked to play an instrument. This takes place in a chatty, comfortable atmosphere. We will also ask you to discuss your influences in relation to producers, composers, etc.
How many people will be interviewing me?
The panel typically comprises 2-3 people.
Apart from the minimum requirements, what do they generally look for in a candidate?
Successful candidates have a strong, proven interest in this area. They are passionate about music and are prepared to work very hard towards their goals.
International Student Living Abroad or in Ireland
For applications whose first language is not English you will be asked for an original or certified true copy of one of the following:
- TOEFL Paper based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
- Computer based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
- Internet based 90 with a written score of 21.
- Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
- Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
- IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6.
Note: Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies. While the College does not offer an English language preparatory course, you will find this information from the Department of Education and Science’s official listing of recognised language schools.
Total Course Fee
Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €3,500 (payable in September)
Installments: 4 payments of €672.5 (Oct – Jan)