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MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media

Pulse College now offers an MA 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 & 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
  • Pulse College is an Apple Logic Pro Certified Centre and Avid Pro Tools Centre




Meet the Tutors. Five of our renowned award-winning tutors talk about Pulse College and teaching on the MA Programme.

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.

Student Work

Discover more student work on the Pulse College Soundcloud account.

The below Soundcloud Playlist is a collection of compositions created by MA students. As part of the Advanced Scoring Module, our students were tasked with composing an original film cue, to be performed by a 110 Piece Orchestra at BNR National Recording Studios.


The Conrad Pope Scholarship, the Christopher Young Scholarship and the Garry Schyman Scholarship are scholarship awards for €3000 each offered by Pulse College, and deducted from the tuition fee, in conjunction with these major international artists, exclusively for the Scoring for Film and Visual Media MA programme.

Accepted applicants to the MA programme will be automatically considered for either of these scholarship awards. 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 MA programme, and there will be opportunities for professional mentoring with both Christopher Young and Conrad Pope.



Pulse College offers two types of scholarships.

1/ Early Scholarship Award Deadline: January 20th 2018

Applicants who apply, are accepted and deposit within 3 weeks upon acceptance of offer will be exclusively eligible for the Christopher Young Scholarship €3,000.

2/ Final Scholarship Awards Deadline May 30th 2018

Applicants who apply before May 30th 2018, are accepted and deposit before June 30th 2018, will be eligible for either the Conrad Pope Scholarship €3,000 or the Garry Schyman Scholarship €3,000.

To improve your opportunities of being awarded one of the three available scholarships, we highly recommend that you apply early, before January 20th 2018, to be considered for the Christopher Young Scholarship. Early applicants who are not awarded the Christopher Young scholarship will be automatically considered for the final two final scholarships.

Each Scholarship awardee will become a Pulse College Ambassador, and a representative for the Scoring for Film & Visual Media MA programme. As a college ambassador they attend and support selected events and roles throughout the academic year for the Scoring for Film and Visual Media MA programme. To receive more information on the scholarships please use the Enquiry Form at the top of this page.


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 2.1 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)

Click here for the MA Admissions Checklist

Application Deadlines 2018


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


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 20 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 MA programme, 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 programme 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 programme class if available. For full details about the Skype interview requirements please download our Master’s Skype interview Guide.


Total Cost: €28,476

Deposit: €6,000
Enrolment Fee: €8,000 (payable in September) & PEL Levy €476
Installments: 4 payments of €3,500 (October – January)

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

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.


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