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.


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



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 Hill

Former VP of Music for Walt Disney Pictures
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

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.


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.



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)

Please download our Masters Admissions Checklist

Application Deadlines

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 email us to enquire about portfolio submission guidelines and other detailed information regarding the admission process or call us on +353 1 478 4045

Additional Entry Considerations

If English is your second language, you must submit the results of one of the following standardised tests. However, if you completed your undergraduate studies at an English speaking university, this requirement may be waived.

TOEFL: iBT (internet-based): 90; computer-based: 233; paper-based: 570
IELTS: Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6
Pearson Test of English Academic: 73
Cambridge English Language Exams: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade A
Cambridge English Language Exams: Business English Certificate (BEC) or higher

Applicants who took a TOEFL test can use the following code to send Pulse College their score results; code number B001.


If selected by the Board of Admissions, you will be invited to attend a 30 minute interview with two members of faculty. The graduate interview is your opportunity to meet the masters faculty, talk about your supporting material and share your future career goals with us. It is a chance to hear all about it from you, so be ready to talk about your work, your musical and creative skills and strengths and achievements to date.

We would like to hear how you can contribute towards the master’s program, how you work with others, collaborations or current projects you may be involved in, and if you are an international applicant, will you be comfortable living and studying abroad. Be ready to discuss the music you submitted and the accompanying score, and how you feel this program will help you achieve the needs of your professional career development.

This will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask us your questions. Overall, it is a way for you to demonstrate your passion for Scoring for Film and Visual Media. Enjoy meeting the interview panel, be relaxed and transmit your enthusiasm for creating original music.

Via Skype or On Campus
Whilst we encourage you to attend your interview in person, we realise that for international students a Skype Interview may be preferential. Campus tours are provided to all applicants who attend the on campus interview, with the additional option of meeting faculty, current graduate and undergraduate students and to sit in on a masters program class if available. For full details about the Skype interview requirements please download our Master’s Skype interview Guide.



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 our Head of Course Admissions or +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.