Movies, television productions, music videos and computer games all rely on finely crafted soundtracks to heighten the viewer’s sense of enjoyment and to fully immerse them in the action.
Pulse College is very excited to partner with Griffith College, Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, to deliver this unique and industry-focused programme.
This BA (Hons) Degree in Music Production will equip you to use real-life recording studios and production suites to compose, create and deliver music of the highest quality. This programme embraces learners from a variety of musical backgrounds, such as instrumentalists, vocalists and group musicians looking to broaden their knowledge and skills, alongside those with ‘non-traditional’ musical skills and experience such as programming, sequencing, recording, mixing, and DJ-ing.
With the significant benefit of hands-on experience in Pulse College’s world-class facilities at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, you will be taught beyond the standard levels required by academic institutions. This practical experience is an essential element of our unique Degree programme.
Using the industry standard software and studio equipment available at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, you will work with our professional lecturing staff and industry guest speakers to develop a combination of practical skills, underpinned by theoretical lectures and tutorials.
As Ireland’s only Avid Pro Tools Pro School (and one of only six in Europe), you will acquire official certification in Avid Pro Tools up to expert level (310M or 310P).
Alongside studio and live recording, this programme develops skills in critical listening and audio analysis, investigations of form and aural training, and music theory. You will also learn vital skills in the online promotion of music, project leadership, and marketing.
DETAILED COURSE CONTENT
Stage 1 (Year 1):
- Music Technology 1
- Applications Technology
- Recording Studio Principles
- Applications of Music Theory 1
- Explorations in Music
- History of Music Production
- The Music Industry
- Critical Listening and Audio Analysis
Stage 2 (Year 2):
- Music Technology 2
- Music and Image
- Sound Design
- Applications of Music Theory 2
- Music Production and Recording 1
- Research Methods
- Sound for Performance
- Business of Digital Media
- Professional Client Project 1 (summer)
Stage 3 (Year 3)
- Music Production And Recording 2
- Composition For Visual Media
- Mixing, Remixing And Mastering
- Professional Practice
- Studio Design And Installation
- Professional Client Project 2 (summer)
The skills gained through this course will allow you to move into a variety of careers within the creative industries, such as music recording, live sound, TV, post-production, education and sound design for multimedia.
At the end of the programme, you will have built up an extensive portfolio demonstrating expert technical, artistic and professional abilities, giving you the cutting edge needed to gain employment in this exciting and varied industry. You will also have the required business skills which will enable you to start your own freelance practice.
Graduates may wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.
This course is a direct application course and includes an interview. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will contact you to schedule your course interview.
Please see specific information on the course requirements below:
Irish Citizen Under 23 Years of Age
Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview and achieving a minimum of 2x H5s (H5 = 50 – 60% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject)
Minimum of 4x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary Subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject).
To include a minimum O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics and either Irish or English. Or: To achieve a minimum of 3 distinctions and the full award in a FETAC Level 5/6 or HETAC Level 7 in Music/Media.Or: a Minimum of 2 Grade C A Levels as well as 4 subjects from either A levels (Grades A-E) or GCSE (Grades A, B or C). Or NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar.
Irish Mature Student over 23 Years of Age
Students over the age of 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of the course is classified as a Mature Student. Mature applicants are advised to apply directly through the college website. Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview. Applicants will be asked for a detailed CV. Applications should be made before the 31st August the year of the course.
International Student Living Abroad or in Ireland
Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview. International Students below the age of 23 years of age will be required to submit High School Diploma Scripts and any additional Education Certifications. For applications whose first language is not English you will be asked for an original or certified true copy of one of the following:
- TOEFL Paper-based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
- Computer-based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
- Internet-based 90 with a written score of 21.
- Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
- Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
- IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6.
Note: Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies. While the College does not offer an English language preparatory course, you will find this information from the Department of Education and Science’s official listing of recognised language schools.
General Course Requirements
- Grade 5 in Music or equivalent (candidates are required to have prior knowledge in Music Theory)
- A proven interest in audio and/or music technology, and to display some interest in related creative media arts
- Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential
Note: Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience will also be considered.
This course requires an interview as part of your applications. Please see the FAQ’s below for commonly asked questions regarding the interview process.
Where do the interviews take place?
The interviews are held in:
Windmill Lane Recording Studios,
20 Ringsend Road,
How long will the interview be?
The interview will be typically 20–30 minutes long.
What should I bring?
If you could please bring:
- A copy of your C.V. that includes results of any music exams/tests you have completed to date. It should also include details of any groups/associations you have been a member of. It should also list your hobbies/interests
- If you have a portfolio of work, please bring that too; CD is the preferred format, and it should include no more than four pieces. These pieces should demonstrate your abilities as a musician, composer or producer (or all three!). Please note this is not a mandatory requirement
- A copy of your passport/drivers licence
- A copy of any previous education transcripts and certificates
Is there a music test?
Yes, there will be some questions about music. You won’t be asked to play an instrument as it’s music theory that we are interested in. We will test your knowledge on scales, chords, time signatures and rhythm, amongst other things. This takes place in a chatty, comfortable atmosphere.
How many people will be interviewing me?
The panel typically comprises 2-3 people.
Apart from the minimum requirements, what do they generally look for in a candidate?
Successful candidates have a strong, proven interest in this area. They are passionate about music and are prepared to work very hard towards their goals.
Total Course Fee Per Year
- €8,415 per year (3 years duration)*
- [2% PFL Charge of €165 included in Total Fee Per Year]
Flexible Payment Option
- Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
- Enrolment Fee: €3,500 (payable in September)
- Instalments: 4 monthly payments of €1,028.75 (Oct – Jan)
International Student Fee Per Year
- EU Student Living Abroad: €9,357 per year (3 years duration)*
- Non-EU Student Living in Ireland: €12,295 per year (3 years duration)*
- Non-EU Student Living Abroad: €12, 295 per year (3 years duration)*
2% PFL Charge is included in all of the total course fees above. This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure the protection of enrolled learners.
*Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above.
Please contact us to find out more about our Flexible Payment options.