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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.

Course Content

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

Further Progression

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

 

Academic Progression

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.

Career Progression

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
Duration: 1-Year
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
Duration: 2-Years
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


Admissions

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.
 

 

 

 

Interview Process

This course requires an interview as part of your applications. Please see the FAQ’s below for commonly asked questions regarding the interview process.
 

 


Fees

1-YEAR FULL-TIME CERTIFICATE

Total Course Fee – Irish/EU Student Living in Ireland
€6,426*
[2% PFL Charge of €150 included in Total Fee Per Year]

International Student Fee

EU Student Living Abroad
€6,630*

Non-EU Student Living in Ireland
€9,180*

Non-EU Student Living Abroad
€9,180*
 

2-YEAR PART-TIME CERTIFICATE

Total 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.


Apply

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.
 

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