Scoring for Film TV & Interactive Media
The programme enables learners to develop strong, individual creative voices with the ability to contribute original music to diverse visual media.
The past decade has seen a growth in digital media production, including streaming video content, and interactive media. Today's digital media production companies require flexible, creative music departments, capable of working to short deadlines with limited resources.
The MA programme provides learners with specialised creative and technical skills in scoring for visual media and develops their related interpersonal and management abilities to bring creative projects to successful completion. Building upon this skills base, the programme enables learners to develop and hone their own creative voice.
Why study Scoring with Griffith College and Pulse?
- The professional audio facilities available at Pulse College's Windmill Lane Studios campus are unrivalled in Ireland and rank among the finest in Europe.
- Pulse College is a hub for excellence in the field of music technology and production – learners benefit from an unrivalled wealth of accumulated knowledge.
- The MA programme provides learners with specialised creative and technical skills in scoring for visual media and develops their related interpersonal and management abilities to bring creative projects to successful completion.
- Composition tuition balances tropes and craft issues with eclectic and wide-ranging aesthetic/technical perspectives and dynamic, responsive learner-focused mentorship.
- Several assessments will feature professional studio recording sessions with professional performers, resulting in a high-quality audio portfolio of compositional work.
The course comprises eleven modules, culminating in a major project (5 ECTS).
The Composer in the Recording Studio
Music Production with the DAW
Composition for Visual Media 1
Analysis of Music in Audio-Visual Media
Royalties, Copyright and Contracts
Sound for Virtual Environments
Creative Projects: Research, Development and Management
Composition for Visual Media 2
Client Communication and Professional Practice
Minimum requirements for general learning
Applicants normally possess an honours (level 8) primary degree with a 2.2 award or higher in music with a specialisation in composition.
Minimum requirements for discipline-specific learning
Applicants must be accomplished musicians at a level of proficiency commensurate with holding an honours (level 8) primary music degree with a 2.2 award. Applicants must evidence a reasonable level of compositional prowess within standard Western instrumental forms.
A candidate who does not possess a formal music honours (level 8) primary degree with a 2.2 award or higher may be considered for entry; however, the candidate must be able to demonstrate the following key skills/competencies:
- harmony / counterpoint equivalent to ABRSM grade 8 theory
- fluent score-reading skills
- firm knowledge of instrumentation and experience of orchestration
- music technology competence (music notation software, DAWs & VSTs)
- composition skills evidenced by a diverse portfolio
- evidence of an ability to write lucidly in an arts context
Minimum language proficiency requirements
All learners are required to be proficient in English. Where a candidate's mother tongue is not English, they are required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test.
The English language entry requirements for the programme are CEF B2+ or equivalent. Candidates with English language levels below CEF B2+ must first reach this minimum standard before enrolling on the academic programme.
Applicants must provide the following materials as part of their application:
- full curriculum vitae, including all education and relevant compositional experience
- evidence – i.e., academic transcript – of advanced studies in harmony/counterpoint, orchestration, music technology (music notation software, DAWs & VSTs), and free composition; and previous experience of musicological writing
- no fewer than three examples of compositional work presented as audio files or video files and scores (PDFs) – whilst it is highly desirable that a candidate show evidence of an ability to score to moving image here, a portfolio which does not include such work will be considered equally
- a covering letter, including a personal statement of interests, aspirations, and ambitions with respect to the master's degree, and the field of scoring for visual media in general
Based on the application submitted, an applicant may be invited to progress to the interview stage.
Interviews will ideally take place in person, but provision will be made for interviews to take place over Zoom for applicants who are not based in the Republic of Ireland. The interview panel will consist of either the Pulse College director or the programme director and at least one other member of the teaching staff.
At the interview, the applicant will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- an attitude of openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to engage with new ideas
- passion for creative work and specific interest in music composition and composition for visual media
- an ability to critically discuss the work of at least one
- recognised music-for-visual-media practitioner and/or basic concepts within the field of music for visual media
- excellent knowledge of music theory, music analysis and orchestration
- working knowledge of music notation software, DAWs, VSTs and sample libraries
- a firm understanding of scholarly discipline and academic conventions
- self-motivation and self-organisation skills.
How to Apply
Apply directly to Griffith College.
1 year full-time
Post Course Info
This programme aims to produce graduates who can work as a "one-person production house" – creating imaginative, distinctive, and high-quality content within the "home studio" environment, fluently adapting to the needs of different projects. Principal employment destinations include:
Self-employed composers for film, TV and interactive media
Assistants to established visual media composers (additional music composition, production)
Continued practice-based research and programme delivery within academic environments.