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Music Production For Games

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

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The one year programme embraces learners from a variety of musical backgrounds. Focus will be on developing creative strategies by underpinning practical and theoretical knowledge of games music production techniques through creative assignments and industry relevant projects. 

The core modules have been designed to develop and nurture the necessary skillset required in the production of music and audio, and its particular application in the gaming industry. You will learn production skills, recording techniques and composing techniques, as well as immersing yourself in sequencing, sampling and sound processing.

A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you gain access to the exciting and rapidly developing games industry.

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From College Website...
GC460 - Music Production For Games
Pulse College

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GC460 - Music Production For Games
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It is expected that graduates from the programme will find employment within Ireland’s rapidly growing games design and games development sector. Roles will centre on their specialist contribution to the music and sound aspects of games. Both Windmill Lane Recording Studios and Griffith College have a strong network of games based companies.

Both institutions work closely with employers on a regular basis in sourcing and placing graduates on their behalf. In return these companies continue to inform the design and development of our programmes.

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