BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Production

Course Points
301
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
30 Places

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • The lecturers on the course are all active in the music and audio industries, you’ll be learning from respected industry professionals and academics.
  • Regular guest lecture masterclasses expose you to additional industry experts.
  • You’ll be trained on high-end, industry standard equipment in our state-of-the-art facility.
  • We are consistently highly rated for the expertise, commitment and approachability of the lecturing team.

Course Summary

This four-year honours degree programme is aimed at producing professionals for the recording industry capable of assuming key creative and architectural roles in the process of analysing, developing and realizing the creative intentions of the client to a commercial conclusion. The course is designed to continuously strengthen the student’s understanding and awareness of a wide range of aspects of Audio Production.

The course trains students through the delivery of a suite of carefully developed modules covering Production, Technology, Theory, Craft, Musicianship, Research and Personal Development. The artistry of modern Audio Production assumes a diverse range of interrelated disciplines. Creativity, science, recording technologies and techniques, musical appreciation and awareness, business, academic, interpersonal skills and more, combine to form the rich diversity of strands that is the BA (Honours) in Audio & Music Production.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Microphone Applications and the Recording/Playback Chain
  • Properties of Sound
  • The Digital Audio Workstation
  • Introduction to Musicianship
  • Academic Writing and Research Skills

Semester 2

  • Recording Electric and Acoustic Instruments
  • Studio Environment
  • Music Production Content Analysis
  • Popular Music Genre Studies
  • Musicianship for the Music Producer

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Sound Synthesis
  • Audio Signal Processing
  • Mixing Fundamentals
  • Elements of Popular Music: Piano & Strings
  • Production Project 1

Semester 2

  • Vocal Production
  • Live Sound
  • Elements of Popular Music: Songwriting
  • Production Project 2
  • Electronic Music Production

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Audio Industries
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Work Placement (6 Weeks)

Semester 2

  • Advanced DAW Techniques
  • Studio Acoustics
  • Advanced Live Sound
  • Sound Design & Implementation
  • Production Project 3

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Advanced Mixing
  • Culture, Society & Popular Music
  • Major Project (year-long)
  • Production Sound for Media
  • Research Project

Semester 2

  • Mastering
  • Preparation for Industry
  • Major Project (year-long)
  • Post-Production Sound for Media

 

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only. The provision of electives each year is subject to numbers enrolling on each elective and available resources.

This course is highly applied with a focus on ‘hands-on’ skills delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and online learning. Basic music theory and keyboard skills tuition is built into the programme.

This course develops individuals who are creative, considered, independent and disciplined. As such they are capable of entering a wide range of graduate careers. Graduates will be comprehensively equipped to progress directly into jobs in the industry such as record producers, recording studio engineers, sound designers, radio broadcast assistants and studio managers. 

With additional appropriate experience, career opportunities exist in other related areas. Positions include radio producers, promotional and advertising managers, education, publishing, retail, music-related journalism. 

Other career options include: 
  • Record/Music Producer; Recording Engineer 
  • Sound Reinforcement Engineer 
  • Sound Designer 
  • Composer 
  • Sound for Film 
  • Radio Production 
  • Studio Manager - Promotional and Advertising Manager 
  • Programmer 
  • Education 
  • Publishing 
  • Retail 
  • Music related journalism. 

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Note: There is no audition process or need to play an instrument for this programme. 

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
→ AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
→ AND Minimum Points Score of 300.


Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ And a minimum score of 300 points

All students go on a 6-week placement in 3rd year of this course.

This course is best-suited to:

  • Students who are passionate about sound and music 
  • Students who enjoy working with others to realise a creative vision 
  • Students who are interested in the ‘behind the scenes’ of the music and audio industries 

Dr. Niall Coghlan (Programme Director)
Phone: +353-0429370200 ext 2160
Email: Niall.Coghlan@dkit.ie

Advanced Entry:

We welcome applications from students seeking advanced entry to our undergraduate music programmes.

Applicants should submit an Advanced Entry Application Form to the Admissions Office. Applicants will be called for interview/ audition and written examination

The application form for Advanced Entry is available here.

Interview Time: All students will be given a time and will be notified of room location for interview upon arrival. For your own convenience, you are advised to be available up to half an hour before the appointed time in case of cancellations. While we aim to keep to the scheduled times allocated to each candidate, there may be a short delay on the day.

Applying to DK865: 

BA (Hons) Production of Music and Audio; The informal interview is aimed at establishing the student’s previous music experience in the area of music production and recording. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss any recording projects they had experience working on and they are encouraged to bring examples of work completed to date to the interview.

Applicants attending interview to gain ‘Advanced’ entry onto the Production of Music and Audio Programme will be expected to provide information ( with evidence where deemed appropriate) in the following areas:

  • Academic: Your Qualifications (with evidence).
  • Professional: A summary of activities after leaving education. Your previous learning will be closely considered in terms of its alignment (or otherwise) with the inherent requirements of the course at the specific proposed stage of entry. This of course points not only to topics of learning covered but also to the nature of the practical Music Production learning activities experienced.
  • Specific Focus: Music Production related experiences. A portfolio of Music Production related works, while not compulsory, may indeed strengthen your application. Also be prepared to produce sufficient evidence to demonstrate the validity of any material you are presenting as your own, or part thereof.
  • General Music Production knowledge/interest: Your knowledge of the various technologies currently used in Music Production and your experience in using them. Examples of Music Producers whose work your are influenced/impressed by.
  • Course Insight: Your broad understanding of what you believe the Production of Music and Audio course to be about.
  • Interpersonal skills: Teamwork, Leadership, Creativity, Integration, Directed Study.
  • Projected career: What area of the broader Music Production discipline do you see yourself seeking employment in?
Course ID DK865
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 301
Places 30
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK865.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.