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.
Admissions Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 GMT
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.
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
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 2014 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)
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)
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.