Certificate in Music Production for Games FEB 18

Griffith College (CMPG FEB 18)
Key Programme Details
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Certificate in Music Production for Games

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part-Time

ECTS Credits

60

Skills Area

Business and Entrepreneurship

General Information
Contact

Mary O'Carroll

Email

springboard@griffith.ie

Phone

01-4150442

Address

South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

Role

Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/02/2018

Start Date

01/02/2018

About this Course

With the continued growth of the gaming industry in Ireland, Griffith College work closely with Pulse College (Windmill Lane Recording) to deliver a Certificate in Music Production for Games, designed to give you the very best entry into this industry.

This programme is specifically designed to prepare learners for the contract and self-employment opportunities in the commercial music and games industry. This growing internationally traded industry operates on a project basis requiring graduates to deliver and manage the professional music and audio components of larger multimedia applications in games, TV, film and live performances.

The programme is designed to transform the skills of those with existing abilities in music by making them proficient in the flexible and creative use of professional music and audio production software and hardware systems. Learners are given advanced training in both AVID Protools and Logic the recognised industry standard environments used internationally. These much needed skills enable them to work on and lead components of projects originating from the US, UK, Ireland or elsewhere.

The College has successfully delivered the programme under the Springboard initiative on two previous occasions resulting in graduates securing professional industry-based employment in a variety of chosen capacities either self-employed, contract or full-time with Irish based companies and consortia.

The level of demand for the programme on each occasion has been strong allowing the College to select candidates with strong pre-existing music skills and a readiness to seek and compete for available commercial project work.

Throughout all of the modules on the programme, the assessments are designed to enable learners to build and perfect their portfolio of work for marketing and promotion purposes to clients.

The programme is delivered in association with Windmill Lane Academy, Ireland's leading commercial music production training facility. The training is provided by industry professionals all of whom are actively involved in commercial productions. The programme is also supported by guest lecturers and site visits to experience live projects.

Academically, the programme is validated by QQI and leads to a Certificate in Music Production for Games. Key learning outcomes from the programme include the graduates ability to:


1. Take up and retain employment in music production technical and creative roles

2. Correctly apply music theory and terminology to communicate and create musical ideas.

3. Competently manipulate music production software to meet defined project requirements.

4. Work reliably, both independently and as a contributor within teams on diverse projects

5. Create, compose and present recorded music and organised sound for games environments.

6. Manage small music production projects in association with others.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the CMPG programme must meet normal QQI requirements.
Candidates presenting with the Leaving Certificate are required to have obtained a minimum of grade O6 in at least five papers, including mathematics and a language. Mature learners over the age of 23 can also apply for entry on to the programme. All applicants are required to present for interview, and are expected to demonstrate the following:
1. A proven interest in music creation and music production (e.g. through recordings, portfolio, performance, etc.)
2. Competence with computers at a minimum of ECDL level
3. Self-organisation skills.
4. A commitment, flexibility and readiness to seek and secure employment
5. A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the computer games and related multimedia industry
6. Commitment to learning, both directed and independent
All candidates applying for the CMPG programme are required to have prior music ability, experience and training. This may be evidenced in a variety of forms: recordings of performances, manuscripts of compositions, membership of orchestras/ ensembles, DVDs of music creation for image etc. Candidates applying on the basis of formal qualifications are required to have passed Grade IV or equivalent with an Irish or international music examination body.
Candidates with previous experience as performers, whether formal or informal will also be welcomed along with candidates with prior experience in the music production sector as musicians, programmers, engineers or producers. Such candidates are required to present recorded examples of their work for review.
All candidates without formal music qualifications will be assessed by means of aural tests, where piano excerpts are presented and candidates are required to identify triads, intervals and accurately clap back rhythms etc. In this way, it is proposed that all candidates admitted to the programme would be in a position to benefit from the programme in the same way as those who had successfully completed Grade IV examinations.


Long Description

This programme is specifically designed to prepare learners for the contract and self-employment opportunities in the commercial music and games industry. This growing internationally traded industry operates on a project basis requiring graduates to deliver and manage the professional music and audio components of larger multimedia applications in games, TV, film and live performances.

The programme is designed to transform the skills of those with existing abilities in music by making them proficient in the flexible and creative use of professional music and audio production software and hardware systems. Learners are given advanced training in both AVID Protools and Logic the recognised industry standard environments used internationally. These much needed skills enable them to work on and lead components of projects originating from the US, UK, Ireland or elsewhere.

The College has successfully delivered the programme under the Springboard initiative on two previous occasions resulting in graduates securing professional industry-based employment in a variety of chosen capacities either self-employed, contract or full-time with Irish based companies and consortia.

The level of demand for the programme on each occasion has been strong allowing the College to select candidates with strong pre-existing music skills and a readiness to seek and compete for available commercial project work.

Throughout all of the modules on the programme, the assessments are designed to enable learners to build and perfect their portfolio of work for marketing and promotion purposes to clients.

The programme is delivered in association with Windmill Lane Academy, Ireland's leading commercial music production training facility. The training is provided by industry professionals all of whom are actively involved in commercial productions. The programme is also supported by guest lecturers and site visits to experience live projects.

Academically, the programme is validated by QQI and leads to a Certificate in Music Production for Games. Key learning outcomes from the programme include the graduates ability to:


1. Take up and retain employment in music production technical and creative roles

2. Correctly apply music theory and terminology to communicate and create musical ideas.

3. Competently manipulate music production software to meet defined project requirements.

4. Work reliably, both independently and as a contributor within teams on diverse projects

5. Create, compose and present recorded music and organised sound for games environments.

6. Manage small music production projects in association with others.

Career Opportunities

Job readiness is critical to the success of the Springboard+ learner. The Springboard Careers Advisor and Placement Officer, in association with the faculty, have put in place a dedicated careers advice service for each learner to assist and support them back to employment or self-employment.
A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for learners. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:
- CV preparation, interview skills & techniques & job searching tools
- LinkedIn profiling
- One-to-one careers advice sessions
- Individual coaching & feedback, review of experience and progress & candidate/employment matching process.

Much of this support will examine the learner's acquired experience, both academically and practically and assist the learner to identify their own strengths and how their strengths can be communicated effectively to employers.

Each Springboard+ learner will be encouraged to engage with the industry via Linkedin.com.
This provides an exciting opportunity for participants to learn more about the sector and to network with potential employers. Griffith has also developed extensive engagement with industry and with the college Alumni, and currently has an active data base of 1,700 employers.

Timetable Info

TBC-

Delivery Location

Griffith College Dublin

Delivery Notes

Classroom - Daytime

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Mary O'Carroll

Address

Griffith College Dublin South Circular Rd. Dublin 8

Phone

01-4150442

Email

springboard@griffith.ie

RPL Information

Learners may accss this programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assesment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. For this particuar programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis