BA (Hons) Production of Music and Audio
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 recording artist to a commercial conclusion. The course is designed to continuously strengthen the student’s understanding and awareness of a wide range of aspects of Music Production.
This course is aimed at producing professionals for the recording industry capable of assuming key creative and architectural roles in the process of analysing, developing and realising the creative intentions of the recording artist to a commercial conclusion. The course is designed to continuously strengthen the student’s understanding and awareness of a wide range of aspects of Music Production. This is achieved through the delivery of a suite of carefully developed modules covering Production, Technology, Theory, Craft, Musicianship, Research and Personal Development. The artistry of modern Music Production assumes a diverse range of interrelated disciplines. Creativity, science, recording technologies and techniques, musical appreciation and awareness, business, interpersonal skills and more, combine to form the rich diversity of strands that is the BA (Honours) in Production of Music and Audio.
YEAR 1 - Semester 1
- Microphone Applications and the Recording/Playback Chain
- Introduction to Acoustics
- The Digital Audio Workstation
- Musicianship for the Music Producer (year-long)
- Core Study Skills MAP
YEAR 1 - Semester 2
- Multimedia Project Development
- Studio Environment
- Music Production Content Analysis
- Introduction to Audio Signal Processing
- Musicianship for the Music Producer (year-long)
YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
- Recording Electric and Acoustic Instruments
- Communication & Popular Music
- Applied Acoustics and Applied Maths
- Elements of Popular Music: Piano
- Production Project 1
YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
- Vocal Production
- The Music Industry for Producers
- Elements of Popular Music: Strings
- Production Project 2
- MIDI in Practice
YEAR 3 - Semester 1
- Audio Signal Processing
- Legal and Ethical issues
- Electronic Music Production
- Production Project 3
YEAR 3 - Semester 2
- Production Genres
- Culture, Society and Popular Music
- Location Sound
- Mixing Fundamentals
- Production Project 4
YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
YEAR 4 - Semester 2
- Mastering Audio
- Sound Design and Implementation
- Production Project 5 (year-long)
- Action Research (year-long)
(1) 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.
The BA (Honours) in the Production of Music and Audio 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
- Radio Music Production
- Studio Manager - Promotional and Advertising Manager
- Music related journalism.
- Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology (Taught);
- MA by Research/PhD in Music
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
- PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300 OR A level of qualification equivalent (including Recognition of Prior Learning) to the above.
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
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.
Transport: The main railway station in Dundalk is about 25 minutes walk from the campus. Bus Eireann and Matthews Coaches stop upon request at the main entrance to the Institute. Please give yourself plenty of time to locate the Institute. Note that if driving, DkIT operate a paid parking system on campus.
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?
|School||School of Informatics & Creative Arts|
|Department||Creative Arts, Media and Music|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
How to Apply
All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
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.