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BA (Hons) Production of Music and Audio

Title
BA (Hons) Production of Music and Audio
School
Department
Course Type
CAO Undergraduate
International
Qualification
Honours Bachelor Degree
Level
8
Course Category
Creative Media
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Music
Programme Code
TBC
CAO Codes
DK865
Places
30
Duration
4
Duration Type
Year(s)
Delivery
Full time
  • About this Programme
  • Programme Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • Opportunities
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This programme is aimed at producing professionals for the recording industry capable of assuming key creative and architectural roles in the process of analyzing, developing and realizing the creative intentions of the recording artist to a commercial conclusion.The programme is designed to continuingly strengthen the students’ 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 (Hons) Production of Music and Audio. The fundamental backcloth for this programme is the carefully scaled sequence of production projects from year 2 on. These projects are key to the students’ progressive development and learning and are greatly facilitated by not just the high standard of teaching delivery but also by the excellent recording studios and audio labs in the Institute. Every student on the programme is afforded significant studio session time in addition to their normal scheduled learning activities.

 

All Music Production modules throughout the course are flanked by supporting modules in for example, recording techniques and technologies, general music appreciation etc. There are also ample opportunities to gain valuable practical experience working with musicians in recording studio environments. This is paramount to learning, and developing, the necessary skill-sets required of the modern music producer.

Through the delivery of a series of modules on musicianship, musical understanding is augmented and deepened with each successive semester allowing the student to more effectively interact and communicate ideas with performing artists and musicians.

Other important areas covered broaden the student’s general educational experience. These include Internet and multimedia skills, an insight into self-employment and small business practices and the significance of music from a cultural perspective.

The student will develop faculties of critical, technical and artistic judgment, both in applying his/her own skills and knowledge, and in judging the physical and intellectual products of others.

Because of the practical nature of this course less emphasis will be placed on written examinations. The course features a significant workshop and teamwork element that is assignment-based and continuously assessed.

Modules 

Year 1

  • Microphone applications and the Recording/Playback Chain
  • Introduction to Acoustics
  • The Digital Audio Workstation
  • Musicianship for the Music Producer
  • Core Study Skills: Music Production
  • Introduction to Audio Processing
  • Multimedia Project Development
  • Music Production Content Analysis
  • Studio Environment

Year 2

  • Recording Electric & Acoustic Instruments
  • Communication and Popular Music
  • Production Projects 1 & 2
  • Applied Acoustics + Applied Maths
  • Elements of Popular Music: Piano, Strings
  • Vocal Production
  • The Music Industry for Producers MIDI in Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced Audio Processing
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Production Projects 3 & 4
  • Song Writing
  • Culture, Society and Popular Music
  • Production Genres
  • Mixing Fundamentals
  • Location Sound

Year  4

  • Production Project 5
  • Action Research
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Mastering Audio
  • Sound Design & Implementation
  • Music for Screen (elective)
  • Popular Music, Media and Place (elective)

Electives run subject to numbers and resources.

Full details on programme outcomes and schedules are available here.

 

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to this Honours Degree programme is six passes in the Leaving Certificate including Mathematics and either English or Irish. Applicants are required to have at least a Grade C3 in two Higher Level papers, together with at least a Grade D3 in four Ordinary Level papers, plus a minimum of 300 points.

Or

A level of qualification equivalent to the above (see below re: RPL)

The Institute actively encourages applications from mature students. For further information on entry as a mature student check here.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Admissions to programme that wish to recognise prior learning are referred to the Institute's RPL policy while taking into consideration discipline specific criteria, appropriate to this programme.

RPL is a process that allows students to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme, based on demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission. Learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework. It can be gained informally or non-formally through the workplace, through involvement with community groups or through voluntary activities.

Follow On Programmes: 

Career Options: 

The Music and Audio Production programme 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. The Music and Audio Production programme 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.  

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.

Location

DkIT is situated off the M1 motorway from Dublin to Belfast. Taking the 'Dundalk (South)' exit will bring you directly to the Institute. Interviews take place in the Section of Music in the Carroll Building at DkIT.

General catering facilities are available in the Institute restaurant and in the Social and Performance Space in the Carroll Building (the building in which the auditions will take place). No interviews take place between the hours of 1pm and 2pm.

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 programme 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.

Programme Insight: Your broad understanding of what you believe the Production of Music and Audio programme 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?

Attached Files: 

Programme Director