Film production courses

Whether you aspire to work as an editor, screenwriter, cinematographer, director, producer or sound recordist, the film courses offered at Pulse College will help you to get there. Delivered by highly respected professionals, using industry standard hardware and software, Pulse College’s film courses are practically based, designed specifically to prepare you for the workplace and to advance your skills to the highest level..

Full and part-time courses

BA Degree in Film and Television Production
Part-Time Diploma in Film Production
BA Degree in Film and Television Production
The BA Degree in Film and Television Production – delivered in conjunction with Griffith College – is a rigorous, three-year programme aimed at developing core technical and production skills alongside an aesthetic and historical appreciation of the development of the film and television industries.

This programme equips students with key skills in writing, directing, cinematography, editing and completing projects for inclusion in an industry-standard showreel. The final year of the programme offers students a selection of electives allowing for specialisation in areas such as visual effects, post-production sound, screenwriting and cinematography.

Part-Time Diploma in Film Production
Pulse College’s Part-Time Diploma in Film Production is one of the most respected courses of its type in Ireland. The Diploma has been designed in conjunction with and run by industry professionals.

In addition to in-depth training, you will get the chance to collaborate with experts and students from the Audio, Games and Animation courses within Pulse College, which fuels the production of a wide variety of professional quality work for inclusion in your final showreel. Explore different genres, learn the technical skills, exercise your craft and most of all find your voice through film. Pulse College’s multi award winning tutors will be there to mentor you every step of the way. This hands-on, technical programme will give you the tools you need to follow your passion and make it a success.

Short courses

Introduction to film production
Screenwriting & scriptwriting course
Adobe After Effects Level One
Adobe After Effects Level Two
Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X
Introduction to film production
Check out our intensive introductory course which explores the basics of Sound Engineering, Audio and Music Technology.

This course will equip you with an understanding of what is required to produce high-quality music tracks that stand out above the rest. Classes are taught by our highly experienced engineers, using industry standard software and studio equipment available at Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Designed for beginners of all ages, this five-week course is for people who have a love for the production of music.

Screenwriting & scriptwriting course
This screenwriting & scriptwriting bootcamp course provides students with a supportive environment that allows their natural story-telling talent to shine through.

The course has an interactive and proactive narrative approach rather than focusing on theory. Participants’ own ideas and skills as a writer will be encouraged in a fun environment as part of the course. In this intensive bootcamp, you will learn how to get your ideas down on paper and turn them into film scripts or proposals with practical exercises and personal feedback from our course tutors.

Adobe After Effects Level One
This three-day Adobe After Effects course in Dublin suits beginners and self-taught users of After Effects alike. It is a comprehensive tour through all the features and toolsets of After Effects CC from the basics of layer-based animation to the complexities of 2.5D camera-based scenes.

The course will follow the official workbook from Adobe Systems (one reference copy supplied) and additionally will include examples of real-world broadcast compositing. Attendees will also become comfortable exploring the connections from After Effects to other Creative Suite products such as Premiere Pro, Media Encoder and Bridge.

Adobe After Effects Level Two
This three-day course suits Level One trained and experienced After Effects users. It is an exploration of intermediate and advanced features and toolsets in After Effects CC2018.

Guided by the only Adobe Certified Instructor for After Effects in all-Ireland, this course aims to demonstrate methods of advance compositing that combine action video with graphic elements. It also demonstrates the power of the new (in 2019) Essential Graphics panel for templating animated title sets for Premiere Pro. The course concludes with sessions on 3D scene manipulations and the construction of animated infographics.

Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro makes every step of video production more efficient by saving time from on-set capture through to output, and as such has become a professional standard for creative and professional video production. But it is ever more popular with companies and individuals creating corporate videos and web-content for uploading to web sites and you-tube.

This three day course suits both new and existing users Premiere Pro. It is also suitable for cross-skilling Final Cut Pro and Avid editors. This official Adobe course takes the delegates through all aspects of Premiere Pro while highlighting the connections of the NLE to other products in the Creative Cloud family such as Prelude, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition and Media Encoder.

Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X
This three-day, hands-on course will teach you everything from basic video editing techniques all the way through to Final Cut Pro’s advanced features such as colour correction and multi-cam editing.

This is practitioner training using supplied media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing of projects and best practice in media management. This course is suitable for anyone looking to improve their media skills and discover the creative possibilities of this industry standard software. No previous experience is required.

Facilities

Pulse College’s professional film production facilities will enable you to:

  • Shoot your projects in Ultra HD with our 4K Blackmagic URSA Cinema Camera, Canon’s Cinema Line C100, GoPro Hero 4’s and Sony PMW Ex1’s.
  • Light your creations with professional ARRI and Kino Flo lighting rigs.
  • Add stunning backdrops using our dedicated Green Screen studio.
  • Edit your projects in our post production facility kitted out with duel 4K 28” monitors and fully specced Mac Pro.
  • Colour grade and edit your creations in the industry standard DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X.
  • Get that perfect shot using our SteadiCam Pilot rig and fully body harness.
  • Break into the world of gripping with our advanced Matthews Dolly and Track system, Flag and Net kits, C-Stand inventory and much more.

Student Work

Pulse College’s film graduates are working in a wide range of technical and creative areas of film, video, TV and media in areas including:
  • Art Department
  • Camera
  • Casting
  • Costume
  • Direction
  • Distribution
  • Scriptwriting
  • Editing & Post Production
  • Lighting
  • Locations
  • Music
  • Performing
  • Props
  • Production and Post-Production Sound
  • Production Office
  • Publicity/Stills

Tutors

Pulse College’s Audio courses are delivered by highly experienced, practicing professionals using industry standard hardware and software. Our courses will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue a fulfilling career in the Audio Technology and Sound Engineering industry.

Noel Quinn
Farah Abushwesha
Ciarán Tanham
Keith Bailey
Lorcan Dunne
Thomas McGraw Lewis
Ciaran O’Grady
Tom Hall
Baz Al-Rawi
Noel Quinn

Noel Quinn has been involved in the film business for almost forty years. His sound credits include Michael Collins, Veronica Guerin, Laws of Attraction and The Honeymooners. In 1989 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro. Noel has lectured extensively on film sound in Ireland and now lecturers at Pulse College in Dublin.

Farah Abushwesha

Farah Abushwesha is a writer and producer. She is the founder and moderator of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Her production credits include Pressure, Suite Francaise, Brandnewu, The Rise, Scouting Book for Boys, Micromen and she is developing a slate of project. She is the author of The Rocliffe Notes – A professional approach to screenwriting & filmmaking.

Ciarán Tanham

Ciarán has been working as a director of photography in the film and television industry for the past twenty five years.
In TV drama production, he has been commissioned by RTE, TG4, BBC, ITV, Hallmark USA, HBO USA, ZDF, TF1 and PBS 
(most recent: 2013 “Jack Taylor” episode 6 “tinkers”)

Ciarán has been director of photography on many cinema features. Most recent: 2013 “House of Shadows” filmed in Italy.

He has been shooting and directing TV documentary programs throughout his career and his work has been nominated three times for the cinematography category at the Irish Film And Television Awards. He is the 2014 President of The Irish Society Of Cinematographers (ISC).

Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey, Final Cut Trainer. With a PhD in the Aerodynamics of International America’s Cup Class yachts, he changed career direction deciding to follow his love of film, becoming Final Cut Studio Master. Keith now trains in all products in the Final Cut Studio Suite and also is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Premiere Pro.

Lorcan Dunne

Lorcan Dunne is a digital cinematographer and broadcast practitioner. With over eight years experience of filming, editing and colour grading, he has a deep understanding of every phase of production, from acquisition to exhibition.

Recently, he was Director of Photography on the award winning documentary, Danger Overhead Powerlines and he has produced videos for McDonalds, ESB Networks and City & Guilds, Europe.

Lorcan is the Director of an Outside Broadcast company, specializing in multi-camera coverage and screens for live events. As a TV/film practitioner, he instils the importance of camera craft and of staying abreast of emerging broadcast technologies.

Thomas McGraw Lewis

Thomas McGraw Lewis is a Dublin-based filmmaker, educator and researcher. He has worked closely with the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Film Board/BSÉ, the Arts Council and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. During his PhD he was the PRTLI-funded Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media Research Scholar with the DIT School of Media.

His film work includes fine art, documentary, advertising, fashion campaigns and educational material, and screens throughout Europe and the United States. He has taught film, media and journalism in institutions across Ireland and the American east coast.

Ciaran O’Grady

Ciaran is an actor, stunt performer, stage combat instructor and fight choreographer. He has trained with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy and the Society of American Fight Directors. He currently teaches stage combat at the Gaiety School of Acting and the Lir Academy of Dramatic Art and has choreographed fights for various stage and screen productions throughout Ireland. TV and film credits include The Tudors, Saving the Titanic, Ripper Street, Vikings and Game of Thrones.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall has worked with many leading film industry figures in Ireland and has taught scriptwriting and filmmaking courses at Collaiste Dhulaigh, NUI Galway, The Factory, The Gaiety School of Acting, Filmbase and the Irish Writer’s Centre. Tom is also an award-winning writer of fiction, a critic, columnist and one time screen editor of The Dubliner magazine. His best known work is ‘Bachelors Walk’ (2000-06), a comedy/drama series for Accomplice Television which was funded by RTE, the IFB and BBC Choice. It ran for three series and an Xmas special and won the IFTA award for best television show in 2002. Tom was one of three co-creators/writers/directors on all twenty episodes.

Baz Al-Rawi

Baz Al-Rawi is a cinematographer and artist. A graduate of the National Film School at IADT and the University of Westminster, he has been a director of photography across a range of Irish and international productions since 2007, including feature documentaries, short and feature dramas and artist films. He has been involved in film education since 2007, and has worked closely with the Irish Film Institute, Filmbase, LSAD and Pulse college in delivering courses and workshops on visual literacy and cinematography.

To find out more about the opportunities available to our graduates, why not come along to our next open day or contact us with any questions.

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