MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media

Duration: One Year, Full Time. September - August


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.

Watch the video below of the ‘Live & Online’ launch for 2015 enrollment on the program, and hear from Course Director Derek Gleeson, as he is joined by current MA in Scoring students!


Course Content

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



Further Progression

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.


Pulse College have 2 amazing scholarships on offer. Each will be awarded to an outstanding applicant 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, experiences to date and their personal statement.

The Scholarships, in collaboration with our renowned course tutors, offer a fund of €3,000 (along with additional benefits announced in September) and for 2015 we will have the following:

  • The Conrad Pope Scholarship Award
  • The Garry Schyman Scholarship Award

All applicants accepted to the course will be nominated for the awards and the recipients will be announced towards the start of the program. For more info on the scholarships please email pulse [at] pulsecollege [dot] eu


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)

Please enquire for portfolio submission guidelines and other detailed information regarding the admission process to Deirdre Savage at: pulse [at] pulsecollege [dot] eu or call her on +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)

To talk to someone now regarding admissions please contact Deirdre Savage at: pulse [at] pulsecollege [dot] eu or call her on +353 1 478 4045

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.