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MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media

Duration: One Year, Full Time

Pulse College, in association with the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, 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 & recordings in the world-class facilities of Windmill Lane Recording Studios
  • Compositions recorded by members of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Including one remote recording session with a 36 member mixed ensemble
  • Tutors drawn from the Hollywood film scoring community
  • Guest Film Music Industry talks, lecturers and network events
  • Create a 9 ensemble professional recording portfolio
  • Final ensemble, orchestrated by Conrad Pope, performed by a 110 piece professional orchestra
  • Collaborative work with directors, editors and producers, as well as instrumentalists and musicians
  • 24 hour studio access
  • Pulse College is an Apple Logic Pro Certified Centre and Avid Pro Tools Centre




Meet the Tutors. Five of our renowned award-winning tutors talk about Pulse College and teaching on the Masters Program.

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.

Student Work

To receive links to where to watch Film Music Cues our students composed to picture whilst on the MA program, please email us

Discover more student work on the Pulse College Soundcloud account.

The below Soundcloud Playlist is a collection of compositions created by MA students (2014/15). As part of the Advanced Scoring Module, our students were tasked with composing an original film cue, to be performed by a 110 Piece Orchestra at BNR National Recording Studios.


The Conrad Pope Scholarship, the Christopher Young Scholarship and the Garry Schyman Scholarship are scholarship awards for €3000 each offered by Pulse College, and deducted from the tuition fee, in conjunction with these major international artists, exclusively for the Scoring for Film and Visual Media master’s program.

Accepted applicants to the master’s program will be automatically considered for either of these scholarship awards. 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 both Christopher Young and Conrad Pope.



Pulse College offers two types of scholarships.

1/ Early Scholarship Award Deadline December 31st 2016

Applicants who apply, are accepted and deposit before December 31st 2016, will be exclusively eligible for the Christopher Young Scholarship €3,000. Furthermore, all applicants who apply to the MA, are accepted and deposit by December 31st 2016, will receive a free residency in Los Angeles at the Christopher Young Composers Residence, Tilden House. Discover more about the residency here.

2/ Final Scholarship Awards Deadline May 1st 2017

Applicants who apply before March 1st 2017, are accepted and deposit before May 1st 2017, will be eligible for either the Conrad Pope Scholarship €3,000 or the Garry Schyman Scholarship €3,000.

To improve your opportunities of being awarded one of the three available scholarships, we highly recommend that you apply early, before December 31st 2016, to be considered for the Christopher Young Scholarship. Early applicants who are not awarded the Christopher Young scholarship will be automatically considered for the final two final scholarships.

Each Scholarship awardee will become a Pulse College Ambassador, and a representative for the Scoring for Film & Visual Media MA program. As a college ambassador they attend and support selected events and roles throughout the academic year for the Scoring for Film and Visual Media master’s program. 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 2.1 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)

Click here for the MA Admissions Checklist

Application Deadlines 2017


  • Early Applications Deadline Date: December 31st 2016
  • Early Deposit Deadline Date: December 31st 2016
  • To qualify for the free one month Hollywood Composers Residency in Los Angeles
  • Admissions decisions issued within 5 days after the interview


  • Final Application Date: March 1st 2017
  • Final Deposit Deadline Date: May 1st 2017
  • Admissions decisions issued within 5 days after the interview


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.

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: €28,000

Deposit: €6,000 (flexible payment options available)
Enrolment Fee: €8,000 (payable in September)
Installments: 4 payments of €3,500 (October – January)

Contact Admissions:

For information regarding graduate admissions, portfolio submission, scholarships, or general information, please contact
Nigel Ashley Lees Director of Graduate Admissions
Skype nigelpulsecollege
Phone +353 1 478 4045
For available payment options please contact us

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.


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