Music Production for Games Certificate
With the continued growth of the games industry in Ireland, Pulse College in partnership with Griffith College deliver a 1-Year Full Time / 2-Year Part Time Certificate in Music Production for Games, designed to give you the very best foundation for entry into this booming industry. On this course, you will have an unrivalled opportunity to rapidly advance your academic training at Griffith College, while gaining hands-on experience in the leading commercial environment of Pulse College.
The programme embraces learners from a variety of musical backgrounds. Focus will be on developing creative strategies by underpinning practical and theoretical knowledge of games music production techniques through creative assignments and industry relevant projects. By studying game development and game interactivity learners gain a deep understanding of how games are created and the crucial role music plays in modern day games.
A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you gain access to the exciting and rapidly developing games industry.
Throughout the programme you will gain both a practical and theoretical knowledge of games music production techniques through industry relevant projects. You will benefit from the significant and continuous hands-on experience with industry-standard hardware and software, as well as learning the relevant theory and developing your knowledge of professional workflows and techniques from practicing professionals.
The core modules have been designed to develop and nurture the necessary skillset required in the production of music and audio, and its particular application in the gaming industry. You will learn production skills, recording techniques and composing techniques, as well as immersing yourself in sequencing, sampling and sound processing.
Detailed Course Content
Programme modules and content are subject to ongoing quality assurance reviews and will evolve to reflect educational and industry developments.
Course modules include:
- Music Technology
- Applications Technology
- Music and Image
- Sound Design for Games
- Music Composition for Games
- Games Development
- Interactive Storytelling
The skills gained through this course will allow you to move into a variety of careers within the creative industries, such as music and audio production for games and other multi-media formats. 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.
On successful completion of the Certificate in Music for Games (CMPG) the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate a reliable understanding of music production hardware and software
- Correctly apply music theory and terminology to create musical ideas
- Manipulate music production software to meet defined project requirements
- Work reliably on diverse projects under the direction of a project manager
- Create, compose and present recorded music and sound for games environments
- Manage small music production projects in association with others
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of musical forms and styles
- Take up and retain employment in music production technical and creative roles
- Progress to further related study at Level 7 in music production and related areas
Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for entry into Level 7 and Level 8 programmes nationally, with advanced standing where appropriate in respect of the modules they have completed.
On completion of the course, you will also be prepared for professional industry certification in Avid Pro Tools and Apple Logic. Such accreditation is currently viewed as a pre-requisite for employment within the industry.
It is expected that graduates from the programme will find employment within Ireland’s rapidly growing games design and games development sector. Roles will centre on their specialist contribution to the music and sound aspects of games. Both Windmill Lane Recording Studios and Griffith College have a strong network of games based companies. Both institutions work closely with employers on a regular basis in sourcing and placing graduates on their behalf. In return these companies continue to inform the design and development of our programmes.
Course Start Dates
1-YEAR FULL TIME
Term Dates: September – May
Enrolling Now: Quote FULL-TIME in the Comment Box of Application Form
2-YEAR PART TIME
Term 1 Dates: January – May
Term 2 Dates: Sept – December
Class Times: Monday’s & Wednesday’s 6.30-9pm and Every Second Saturday 10-4pm
Enrolling Now: Quote PART-TIME in the Comment Box of Application Form
PART TIME CERTIFICATE
Applicants under 23 years of age (on 1st January the year of the course), Mature Applicants and International Applicants for the Part-Time Certificate can apply directly for the programme using the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page.
FULL TIME CERTIFICATE
Applicants under 23 years of age (on 1st January the year of the course) for the Full-Time Certificate, must apply through the CAO system. Applicants should consult the CAO website for application dates. Certificate in Music Production for Games CAO Code: GC460
Mature applicants, over 23 years on 1st January the year of the course, and International applicants are advised to apply directly through the College using the ‘Apply Now’ button below and will be asked for a detailed CV. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will contact you to schedule your course interview.
GENERAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS
- Grade 4 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.
Entry onto our programme is based upon a course interview and achieving a minimum of:
5x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject)
To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Maths
To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Language subject
FETAC Level 6 / HETAC Level 7 in Music/Media or similar
3x GCSE A-Level / NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar
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.
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?
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.
1-YEAR FULL-TIME CERTIFICATETotal Course Fee – Irish/EU Student Living in Ireland
[2% PFL Charge of €150 included in Total Fee Per Year]
International Student Fee
EU Student Living Abroad
Non-EU Student Living in Ireland
Non-EU Student Living Abroad
2-YEAR PART-TIME CERTIFICATETotal Course Fee Per Year – Irish/EU Student Living in Ireland
€3264* per year (2 years in duration)
[2% PFL Charge of €64 included in Total Fee Per Year]
2% PFL Charge is included in all of 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 each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st January, the year of the course, must apply through the CAO system. Certificate in Music Production for Games CAO Code: GC460
Mature & International applicants are advised to apply directly through the college using the option below and will be asked for a detailed CV. Applications should be made before the end of August.