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Undergraduate

BA in Music and Performance Technologies

DK792

CAO Code

DK792

Start Date

September 2024

Duration

3 Years

Work Placement

Yes

NFQ Level

7

Discipline Area

Music, Drama & Performance

Course Type

Undergraduate

Study Mode

Full-Time

Delivery

On Campus

Course Overview

The BA in Music and Performance Technologies aims to provide musicians with a broad range of musical experience and knowledge necessary to succeed in the contemporary music industry, in Ireland and beyond. These include both musical skills (including performance, theory, history, composition, and improvisation) and the technological and business skills necessary for 21st century musicians (such as music production, digital collaboration, creative coding, and entrepreneurship). The aim in bringing together these two areas is to produce graduates who are competent and confident in the diverse range of knowledge and competencies required by contemporary music creators, educators, and performers.

The course provides intensive, high-level training across multiple genres, including popular, contemporary, Western classical, Irish traditional, and global musics; for each of these genres, performance training is combined with cultural and theoretical background, with the ultimate goal of forming well-rounded musicians who can take up diverse career paths upon graduation.

On completion of this course graduates will have the following:

  • A broad knowledge of music performance skills, music technologies, recording and production practices, composition and arranging, music history, analysis and improvisation
  • An appreciation of a wide range of genres and their historical and cultural contexts
  • Experience working in a studio environment
  • The expertise to avail of opportunities as they arise in the music industry

What makes this course different

Work Placement

In 3rd year students undertake an industry work placement where students can gain important contacts within the industry to help them in their future careers.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities in the PJ Carroll’s building and gain opportunities to collaborate on creative projects with students across the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music.

Career Opportunities

Future Careers:

  • Music performance
  • Music tutoring, teaching, and lecturing
  • Composition and songwriting
  • Community music
  • Arts marketing and promotion
  • Arts management and administration
  • Cultural tourism
  • Festival programming and production
  • Music journalism and digital content creation
  • Music research

Course Delivery and Modules

  • Year 1

    • Academic Writing and Research Skills
    • Creative Collaborative Development
    • DAW and Mic Applications
    • Introduction to Musicianship
    • Popular Music: Context
    • Popular Music: Performance
    • Arranging, Notation and Sequencing
    • Irish Traditional Music: Context
    • Irish Traditional Music: Performance
    • Musicianship for the Music Producer
    • Vocal Skills
  • Year 2

    • Creative Coding for Interactive Applications
    • Harmony and Counterpoint
    • Media and Society 1
    • Sound Design for Games
    • Western Art Music: Context
    • Western Art Music: Performance
    • Contemporary Music Composition and Context
    • Contemporary Music Performance
    • Electronic Music Production
    • Elements of Popular Music: Songwriting
    • Live Sound
    • Music Education: Theories and Approaches
  • Year 3

    • Community Music
    • Electroacoustic Composition: Composing with Sound
    • Work Placement
    • Creative Collaborative Project
    • Ethnomusicology: Context
    • Ethnomusicology: Performance
    • Music and Audio Research Skills
    • Sound Design and Implementation

Work Placement

In 3rd year students undertake an industry work placement where students can gain important contacts within the industry to help them in their future careers.

Education Progression

Graduates can progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Music and Performance Technologies at DkIT.

Undergraduate 4 Years On Campus

BA (Hons) in Music and Performance Technologies

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Fees and Funding

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

Entry Requirements

How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK792
Apply on CAO

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the BA in Music and Performance Technologies please ask it below and we will get back to you.


Dr. Adele Commins

Head Of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music

Email: Adele.Commins@dkit.ie

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).