Certificate in Music Production for Games (CMPG FEB 22)

Griffith College (CMPG )
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Music Production for Games

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

General Information
Contact

Nazreen

Email

springboard@griffith.ie

Phone

087 276 1411

Address

Griffith College Dublin
South Circular Road
Dublin 8

Role

Faculty Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

04/02/2022

Start Date

08/02/2022

End Date

31/08/2022

About this Course

The Certificate in Music Production for Games is a one-year part-time QQI-validated programme specifically designed to prepare learners for employment in the commercial music and games industries. This growing global sector operates on a project-basis, requiring graduates who are able to deliver and manage the music and audio components of larger multimedia applications in games, TV, film and live performances. This 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, while nurturing their creativity and individual personality of expression. Learners are given advanced training in both AVID Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X the internationally recognised industry standard environments. These much needed skills enable learners to work on, and lead components of projects originating from Ireland, and further afield. The programme is delivered in association with Pulse College, based in Windmill Lane recording studios, Ireland's leading commercial music production training facility. The training provided is by industry professionals, all of whom are actively involved in commercial productions, with additional support by guest lecturers and site visits to experience live projects. Assessments within all modules are designed to enable the learner to build and perfect their portfolio of work for marketing and promotional purposes with future clients. Graduates of this programme have been successful in securing industry-based employment in a variety of capacities, self-employed, contract, full or part-time with Irish based companies and consortia, and will be equipped to adapt to changing technologies as they present. The level of demand for the programme on each occasion it is offered has been strong, enabling the college to select candidates with solid pre-existing music skills and a readiness to seek and compete for available projects.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Music Production for Games (CMPG) programme must meet QQI requirements for entry to an NFQ Level 6 programme, i.e.
Candidates presenting with the Leaving Certificate are required to have obtained a minimum of grade O6/H7 or higher in at least five papers, including mathematics and a language.

All learners are required to be proficient in English. The English language entry requirements for the programme are B2+ on the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). Where a candidate’s mother tongue is not English, they are required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test. Candidates with English language levels below CEFR B2+ must first reach this minimum standard before undertaking any of their academic programme.

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:
- A proven interest in music creation and music production (e.g. through recordings, portfolio, performance, etc.)
- A basic understanding of musical keys, tempi and rhythmic notation
- Knowledge of the basic use of computers at approximately ECDL level
- Musical open-mindedness and a willingness to explore new musical ideas
- A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the programme and the gaming field
- Commitment to learning, both directed and independent
- Self-organisation skills

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 candidate 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 exerts 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 have successfully completed Grade IV examinations.

The allocation of places on the programme is managed by Griffith College’s Springboard Office in association with the Programme Director.

The college actively promotes the recognition of prior learning and has developed its access, transfer and progression procedures accordingly. The College’s current policies on Recognition of Prior Accredited learning (APL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) are outlined in Griffith College’s QAE Manual (QAE C3).

Long Description

The Certificate in Music Production for Games is a one-year part-time QQI-validated programme specifically designed to prepare learners for employment in the commercial music and games industries. This growing global sector operates on a project-basis, requiring graduates who are able to deliver and manage the music and audio components of larger multimedia applications in games, TV, film and live performances. This 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, while nurturing their creativity and individual personality of expression. Learners are given advanced training in both AVID Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X the internationally recognised industry standard environments. These much needed skills enable learners to work on, and lead components of projects originating from Ireland, and further afield. The programme is delivered in association with Pulse College, based in Windmill Lane recording studios, Ireland’s leading commercial music production training facility. The training provided is by industry professionals, all of whom are actively involved in commercial productions, with additional support by guest lecturers and site visits to experience live projects. Assessments within all modules are designed to enable the learner to build and perfect their portfolio of work for marketing and promotional purposes with future clients. Graduates of this programme have been successful in securing industry-based employment in a variety of capacities self-employed, contract, full or part-time with Irish based companies and consortia, and will be equipped to adapt to changing technologies as they present. The level of demand for the programme on each occasion it is offered has been strong, enabling the college to select candidates with solid pre-existing music skills and a readiness to seek and compete for available projects.

Timetable Info

TBC

Delivery Notes

Blended