Pulse College, DIT partner for MA in film and visual media scoring

Pictured: Naomi Moore, CEO, Windmill Lane Recording Studios and Pulse College; film director Jim Sheridan; and course director and Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra music director, Derek Gleeson

23 January 2014

Pulse College has launched Ireland’s first MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media. The one-year course will be taught by national and international tutors in the College’s facility at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin.

DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama will validate and providing the academic quality assurance for the award, which was developed between the two institutions.

The course will be headed by Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra music director Derek Gleeson who has collaborated with the Hollywood Film Scoring Community and professionals from scoring programmes in UCLA and USC to bring leading international industry figures to work with the students.

International tutors on the course include Conrad Pope, currently orchestrating The Hobbit series; Spiderman 3 composer Christopher Young; award-winning gaming scorer Gary Schyman; and Emmy award winner Richard Bellis.

At the end of the programme students will be capable of progressing into a variety of professions as either composer, orchestrator, music editor, music supervisor or music producer in the industries of motion pictures, television, gaming and other audio/visual media production.

Course director Derek Gleeson said the concept of bringing the Scoring programme to Ireland evolved after seeing what was on offer from Scoring Programmes in the US and realising that Ireland was in a similar position and could offer access to the academic research, facilities, talent and industry.

“Ireland’s film and gaming industry is big and getting bigger, the country already offers the highest quality in studios, locations and post production,” Gleeson said. “Pulse College at Windmill Lane Recording Studios brings with it the opportunity for students to learn in one of the world’s most iconic recording studio environments, and a space that has already recorded scores to films like My Left Foot, The Remains of the Day, A Passage to India, A River Runs Through It, The Mask, Michael Collins, The Talented Mr Ripley, and Mission Impossible.”

Tony Perrey, president of Pulse College and Director of Windmill Lane Recording Studios said: “We have designed this course to compete with the very best in the world and we believe it will be of interest not just to Irish students seeking a career in the visual arts, but also to international students. The strength of our portfolio of courses in audio, gaming and film places Pulse College at the heart of the Irish creative multimedia industry and we are delighted to collaborate with DIT to bring this new level of quality to film and visual media education in Ireland.”

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