Minister Jimmy Deenihan Launches Ireland’s First MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media

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(L – R) Pulse College CEO Naomi Moore, Film Director Jim Sheridan, Course Director Derek Gleeson
Minister for Arts Culture & Heritage Jimmy Deenihan T.D & film producer Jim Sheridan launched Ireland’s first MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media. The course will be taught by renowned national and international tutors in Pulse College’s world class facility at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin. DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama is validating and providing the academic quality assurance leading to the award of MA to Pulse College. The one year MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media was developed following close collaboration between both institutions and has been designed to compete with the best filming scoring courses in the world, such as those offered by UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), USC (University of Southern California) and Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. It will give students an advanced education in scoring for film, television, and video games, focusing on the art and craft of composing, orchestrating, editing, and producing music for the screen.
The course will be headed by acclaimed 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 some leading international industry figures to work with the students in Pulse College. International tutors on the new Pulse College course include Conrad Pope who is 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 this one-year 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.
Gleeson said, “Ireland’s film and gaming industry is big and getting bigger, the country already offers the highest quality in studios, locations and post production. 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. The recording studios have been at the heart of the Irish recording industry since 1978 with world famous clients including artists as diverse as U2, The Script, Lady Gaga and The Rolling Stones.”
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