Certificate in Audio and Music Technology (Full Time)
The Pulse College Certificate in Audio and Music Technology is a Minor Award extracted from the BA (Hons) Degree in Audio and Music Technology programme and is available both Full-Time as a 1-year course, or Part-Time as a 2-year course
Recording Studios, Live Venue’s, TV & Radio, Post-Production, Live Performance: It is now essential to be skilled in array of disciplines to become successful in the audio industry.
It is with these various industry disciplines in mind that we have designed a new in Audio & Music Technology Programme in partnership with Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, Griffith College.
Aimed at musicians, DJ’s, computer music hobbyists, and general lovers of music, this programme will train you with the skills required to succeed as a modern day Audio Professional.
This Certificate course is a QQI Level 6 course, equivalent to Year One of the BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Technology programme and is worth 60 ECTS Credits
[This course is currently subject to validation]
We will teach you how to record and produce music both in the home studio and in large recording studios. You will learn about live sound from both a performance and technical perspective.
The modern “studio engineer” can record, mix and master audio, but also help produce. Whether it is programming drum parts or string sections or even being on stage, performing with a band.
Please note you do not need to be a musician to be accepted onto this course but someone who is passionate and enthusiastic for all things music.
As with all our courses, hands on experience is crucial to learning. This course is no different. Our students will be trained in Windmill Lane Recording studios and will also be required to put on live shows and performances throughout out the duration of the course.
Why study Music Technology at Pulse College?
- This course is taught by passionate Industry Professionals
- Students will have access to State of the Art Facilities – including access to the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios
- The curriculum is taught to international industry standard
- Guest Industry talks and lecturers
- Use of industry relevant software applications
- Pulse College is an Apple Logic Pro Certified Centre and Avid Pro Tools Centre
- 24 hour studio access
- Become a member of our Creative Community – Pulse College offer courses in film production, game design and animation
Detailed Course Content
- Music Technology 1
- Applications Technology 1
- Recording Studio Principles
- Music for Producers
- Live Music & Performance Technology 1
- Computer Basics for AV workstations
- Sound Reinforcement 1
- Sound Design & Foley FX
In line with National Policy, those who complete this Level 6 course are eligible for progression to any Level 7 or 8 course and will have achieved 60 ECTS credits. Students will also be eligible to progress directly to Year Two of our BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Technology.
Interview Applications Now Open for September 2017!
This course is a direct application course and involves 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:
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)
FETAC Level 6 / HETAC Level 7 in Music/Media or similar
3x GCE A-Level, NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar
Mature applicants are advised to apply directly through the college using the ‘Apply now’ button below. 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.
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
- 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?
Bring a 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.
Is there a music test?
No, there will be some questions about music. You won’t be asked to play an instrument. This takes place in a chatty, comfortable atmosphere. We will also ask you to discuss your influences in relation to producers, composers, etc.
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
€7,650 per year*
[2% PFL Charge of €150 included in Total Fee]
Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €3,000 (payable by September)
Instalments: 4 monthly payments of €962.50 (Oct – Jan)
International Student Fee
EU Student Living Abroad
Non-EU Student Living in Ireland
Non-EU Student Living Abroad
2% PFL Charge is included in all of 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 protection of enrolled learners.
*Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable in addition to the fees quoted above