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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.

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

Entry requirements

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.

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 MA 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 MA program class if available.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

At the end of the one-year MA 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.

Further enquiries

Contact Admissions:

For information regarding graduate admissions, portfolio submission, scholarships, payment options or general programme information, please email us here or phone +353 1 478 4045

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

Subjects taught

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


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.

Application date

Application Deadlines 2018

Early Application Deadline
•Early Application Deadline Date: January 20th 2018
•Early Deposit Deadline Date: 3 weeks upon acceptance of offer
•Admissions decisions issued within 5 days after the interview

Final Application Deadline
•Final Application Deadline Date: May 30th 2018
•Final Deposit Deadline Date: June 30th 2018
•Admissions decisions issued within 5 days after the interview

Course fee

Total Cost: €28,000

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

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