MA IN SCORING PULSE COLLEGE

MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media

Duration: One Year, Full Time. September - August

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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 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

 


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.


Scholarships

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


Admissions

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)

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

 


Fees

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.