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BA (Hons.) Degree in Music Production

Duration: 3 years full time. September - June

Movies, television productions, music videos and computer games all rely on finely crafted soundtracks to heighten the viewer’s sense of enjoyment and to fully immerse them in the action.

Pulse College is very excited to partner with Griffith College, Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, to deliver this unique and industry focused program

This BA in Music Production will equip you to use real-life recording studios and production suites to compose, create and deliver music of the highest quality. This programme embraces learners from a variety of musical backgrounds, such as instrumentalists, vocalists and group musicians looking to broaden their knowledge and skills, alongside those with ‘non-traditional’ musical skills and experience such as programming, sequencing, recording, mixing, and DJ-ing.

With the significant benefit of hands-on experience in Pulse College’s world class facilities at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, you will be taught beyond the standard levels required by academic institutions. This practical experience is an essential element of our unique Degree programme.

 

 

Course Content

Using the industry standard software and studio equipment available at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, you will work with our  professional lecturing staff and industry guest speakers to develop a combination of practical skills, underpinned by theoretical lectures and tutorials.

As Ireland’s only Avid Pro Tools Pro School (and one of only six in Europe), you will acquire official certification in Avid Pro Tools up to expert level (310M or 310P).

Alongside studio and live recording, this programme develops skills in critical listening and audio analysis, investigations of form and aural training, and music theory. You will also learn vital skills in the online promotion of music, project leadership, and marketing.

 
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Detailed Course Content

Programme modules and content will evolve to reflect educational developments.

Year 1

  • Music Technology 1
  • Applications of Music Theory
  • Recording Studio Principles
  • The Music Industry
  • Applications Technology
  • Critical Listening and Audio Analysis
  • History of Music Production
  • E-Portfolio Development and Online Promotion

Year 2

  • Music Technology 2
  • Music and Image
  • Sound Design
  • Music Production and Recording 1
  • Research Methods
  • Explorations in Music
  • Applications of Psychology in Music
  • Sound for Performance
  • Professional Client Project 1

Year 3

  • Composition for Visual Media
  • Interactive Audio
  • Music Production and Recording 2
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Client Project 2

Further Progression

The skills gained through this course will allow you to move into a variety of careers within the creative industries, such as music recording, live sound, TV, post-production, education and sound design for multimedia.

At the end of the programme, you will have built up an extensive portfolio demonstrating expert technical, artistic and professional abilities, giving you the cutting edge needed to gain employment in this exciting and varied industry. You will also have the required business skills which will enable you to start your own freelance practice.

In line with national policy, graduates from the level 8 programme would be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes at level 9. Students may also be applicable for our MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media Program.

Graduates may wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.


Admissions

We expect all applicants to have a proven interest in music and music production, and to display some interest in related creative media arts. Knowledge of the basic use of computers (either Mac or PC) and music/audio software will be helpful, but not essential before starting the course. Most important is a proven interest in music making, sound recording and its associated technologies. A willingness to explore new ideas is important alongside a positive attitude this creative field of study.

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based on a combination of the equivalent of a minimum of 290 CAO points and interview/aural test. Additionally, we expect applicants to conform to a number of the following criteria:

  • Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential
  • Grade 5 Music or equivalent [Music Theory Bootcamp Available]
  • The ability to devise original work across a variety of media
  • FETAC Level 6 / HETAC Level 7 in Music/Media or similar
  • 3 GCE A Level, NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar
  • Extra-curricular activity, such as band performance, DJ-ing, community arts, visual or performing arts

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience will also be considered.

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st January, the year of the course, must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Applicants should consult www.cao.ie for further application dates, however places cannot be guaranteed. BA (Hons) in Music Production CAO Code: GC455

Applicants over 23 years on 1st January, the year of the course, do not apply through the CAO system: these applicants must apply directly online using the Apply Online option below. Mature applicants will be asked for a detailed CV and applications should be made before the 31st August.

Additional Entry Considerations

Applications from those (including visiting students) whose first language is not English should include 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.

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.

The letter we send you with the offer of an interview highlights requirements for selection and includes advice on interview preparation.

BA (Hons) in Music Production CAO Code: GC455


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Fees

€7,500 per year (3 years duration)*

Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €1,800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €2,000 (payable in September)
Monthly Installments: 4 payments of €925 (Oct – Jan)

International Student Fees

EU Student Living Abroad
€8,500 per year (3 years duration)*

Non-EU Student Living in Ireland
€10,500 per year (3 years duration)*

Non-EU Student Living Abroad
€10,500 per year (3 years duration)*

*Please note that a Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above

Please contact us to find out more about our Flexible Payment options


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