MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media
Pulse College, in association with the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, now offers a Masters in Scoring for Film & Visual Media.
Designed to harness the creative potential of future composers, this unique, one year programme is aimed at musicians, composers and engineers who want to develop the technical and musical skills necessary to work within this area.
Programme modules include:
- Fundamentals of Film Scoring
- Score Analysis and Compositional Techniques
- Music Technology
- Orchestration and Arranging
- The Business of Scoring and Visual Media
- Studio Conducting and Score Supervision/Production
- Advanced Scoring Techniques
- Project Development
Key features of this course include:
- Training in the world-class facilities of Windmill Lane Recording Studios
- Staff drawn from the Hollywood film scoring community, including tutors from institutions such as the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC)
- Creating an extensive portfolio of work includes 9 ensemble recordings
- Your final ensemble performed by a 110 piece professional orchestra
- Collaborative work with directors, editors and producers, as well as instrumentalists and musicians
- All masters students will be invited to submit an original composition for review by the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pulse faculty. If selected, the winner(s) will have their work played live by the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra in one of their tour programs around the world. For more on this click here
Professional, world-renowned tutors on this unique MA programme at Windmill Lane Recording Studios include:
Derek Gleeson – Course Director
Conductor, composer, producer, percussionist, pianist and educator. A 35-year industry veteran, Derek heads up the team as course director.
Emmy award-winning composer, author and educator, past president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the Board of the American Society of Composers and Publishers.
Composer and Educator, lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin. RTE Lyric FM composer in residence. Guest lecturer in composition, from Beijing to New York to Frankfurt. Linda will mentor and supervise the Major Project aspect of the MA.
Emmy award-winning music editor and educator. Daniel is a 30-year industry veteran who has worked as music editor, music director, music supervisor, booth consultant, soundtrack producer and conductor on over 100 film and TV projects.
Composer and Educator, leader and lecturer in Music and Media Technologies, at Trinity College, Dublin. Fionnuala heads up the Major Project aspect of the MA program.
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Award-winning producer and Emmy nominated composer. Craig has worked in Film, TV, Documentaries, Commercials, Stage Musicals, Games, Multimedia and Albums. He is also a specialist in music in trailers for movies, including: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek; the last three Harry Potter movies; Spider-Man 111 and James Bond, A Quantum of Solace.
Ex Vice President of music for Walt Disney Pictures. Overseeing music production on such movies as: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, etc. From 2006-2011, Andy directed the graduate program in “Music Composition for the Screen” at Columbia College, Chicago. In the fall of 2011, Andy was engaged to prepare and oversee the launch of graduate composition programs, including film scoring and electronic music production, at Berklee Valencia. In 2013, Andy relocated to Belgium as executive soundtrack producer and director of international business development for Galaxy Studios and the Scoring Flanders initiative.
Publisher, Composer Agent, Record Label Manager and Owner/Director of Silverstream Music, a bespoke music company. Juliet heads up the business, legal and management lecturer team.
A composer and flutist, Gregg is one of Ireland’s busiest composers working consistently on many international TV animation series.
Composer, Scientist, Author, Educator and Master of Synthesis. Part of the Music Technology team. When not composing, Kevin is busy with the European Space Station INTEGRAL space-probe mission!
Tony Perrey was one of the founders of Pulse Recording College. Tony was responsible for establishing The Engine Room Recording Studio, where he has worked with many of the country’s top acts in an engineer / producer capacity.
Award-winning composer and orchestrator whose credits include the most recent Star Wars trilogy; the Harry Potter series; Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek X; the Matrix films; and Memoirs of a Geisha, and My Week with Marilyn.
Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger. Recent projects include, scoring a 52 episode animation series for Nickelodeon, arranging songs for The Chieftains and Orchestrating for the BBC.
Film composer and videogame scorer. Garry has written acclaimed scores for BioShock; Dante’s Inferno and Destroy All Humans! and contributed to TV shows and films including Magnum, PI; The A-Team; Lost in Africa; and Tornado!
Music producer, recording engineer, music editor and educator. Debbie works in the recording studios of Dublin, Sofia and Los Angeles with, among others, industry giants Denis Sands, Steve Dorff and Conrad Pope.
Golden Globe-nominated composer whose credits include horror films such as Drag Me To Hell; A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 and Hellraiser; and more recently Spider-Man 3 for which he received the Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Dramatic Feature Film.
Arranger/Orchestrator Tommy Laurence has been working in London since graduating from the Royal Academy Of Music Jazz course as a saxophonist in 2008. Since then he has completed several projects for the BBC Big Band, featuring a wide variety of artists as well as projects for the SWR Big Band in Stuttgart. He has written arrangements and orchestrations for the BBC concert orchestra and has contributed string/horn arrangements and takedowns for various album projects and TV shows.
Hear from some of our renowned award-winning course tutors on the video playlist below!
1/ Christopher Young
Golden-Globe nominated composer
Credits incl.: Hellraiser / Spiderman 2 & 3 / The Grudge
2/ Andy Young
EX VP of Music for Walt Disney picture
Music Supervisor: Lion King / Sleeping Beauty / Sister Act
3/ Garry Schyman
Acclaimed Video Game scorer
Credits incl.: Bioshock (game) / Dante’s Inferno (game) / Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (game)
4/ Richard Bellis
Emmy award winning composer
Credits incl.: IT, Doublcrossed
At the end of the one-year Masters in Film Scoring, you will be capable of effectively functioning in the role of composer, orchestrator, music editor, music supervisor or music producer in the industries of motion pictures, television, gaming and other audio/visual media production. You will also be equipped to progress to further study.
The Conrad Pope Scholarship, the Christopher Young Scholarship and the Garry Schyman Scholarship are three new €3000 scholarship awards offered by Pulse College, in conjunction with these major international artists, exclusively for the Scoring for Film and Visual Media master’s program.
All accepted applicants to the Masters program will be automatically considered for either of these scholarship awards. The decisions will be made by the Board of Admissions and notified directly to the recipient.
Each scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who has demonstrated a passion for music, shown exceptional creative talent, is professionally motivated and able to make unique contributions and achievements demonstrated through the application, the interview and their experiences to date.
Christopher Young, Conrad Pope and Garry Schyman teach on the Scoring for Film and Visual Media master’s program, and there will be opportunities for professional mentoring with some of the tutors.
WHAT TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
Pulse College offers two types of scholarships.
1/ ‘Early Action’ Scholarship Awards
If you apply, and are accepted during early action, which is between September 1st 2014 and January 31st 2015, you will be eligible for the ‘Christopher Young Scholarship’ €3000. Furthermore, all applicants who apply to the MA, are accepted onto the program, and deposit by January 31st 2015, will receive one month free in Los Angeles at the Christopher Young Composers Residence. Discover more about the 1-month residency here
2/ Regular Action Scholarship Awards
If you apply, and are accepted during regular action, between January 31st 2015 and May 1st 2015, you will be eligible for the either the Conrad Pope Scholarship €3000 or the Garry Schyman Scholarship €3000.
To improve your opportunities of being awarded one of the three available scholarships, we highly recommend that you apply during early action. Early action applicants who are not awarded the first scholarship will be automatically considered for the final two regular action scholarships.
To receive more information on the scholarships please contact us
This programme is designed for:
- Composers and musicians who hold a music degree or have equivalent advanced training and/or work experience
- Composers seeking additional formalised training to advance both their compositional and music techniques
Normally, candidates will have a performer’s diploma/certificate from an accredited institution, or an upper second class degree in music/visual media.
However, candidates without a primary degree but who can demonstrate their creative potential, professional knowledge and/or experience within the field are also encouraged to contact us.
Candidates will typically be expected to provide evidence of, or demonstrate:
- Letter of Application, to include C.V and a Personal Statement
- An interest in music composition for visual media
- A minimum undergraduate II.1 at level 8 or international equivalent
- Portfolio of work, comprising 3 contrasting pieces presented as audio files, 2 of which must be accompanied by a notated score.
- Grade 8 or equivalent in music theory
- References (2 minimum)
Early Action Deadlines
- Early Action deadline date January 31st 2015
- Early Action Deposit deadline date January 31st 2015 (to qualify for the free one month Christopher Young Composers Residency in LA)
- Early Action Deposit deadline date March 1st 2015 (excluding the free one month Christopher Young Composers Residency in LA)
- Admissions decisions issued within 14 days of the interview
Regular Action Deadline
- Regular Action deadline date May 1st 2015
- Regular Action Deposit deadline date July 1st 2015
- Admissions decisions issued within 14 days of the interview
Please enquire for portfolio submission guidelines and other detailed information regarding the admission process to or call +353 1 478 4045
Total Cost: €23,000
Deposit: €4,000 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrollment Fee: €7,000 (payable in September)
Installments: 7 payments of €1,715 (October – April)
Admissions Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 GMT
Laptop and Software Requirements
Pulse college requires all students on this programme to own an industry standard laptop and professional software. Specifications for the hardware and software can be provided upon request. This comprehensive system will be essential in preparing the student for entry into the music industry. Pulse can arrange purchase and configuration of the entire system at student discount prices.