Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music Production

Level 6 Edexcel/BTEC Award

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Duration

Two Years

Overview

This two year Higher National Diploma course gives learners the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills in Sound Engineering, Music Production and other aspects of the music industry such as running a music business, understanding the science of sound, legal and health issues. Taught by professionals working in the industry, this course will prepare learners for careers in the media, entertainment and music fields. Learners will work with performers and musicians in a purpose built industry standard professional recording studio. Editing, mixing and production take place in a state-of-the-art all iMac digital sound production facility. All workstations are equipped with software including Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Reason.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (Minimum of C3 in two subjects at Leaving Certificate Higher Level)
  • Full Level 5 QQI Award in Sound Production or equivalent
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules (Year One)

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Sound Principles
  • Recording Technology
  • Creative Software Techniques
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Performance


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Course Modules (Year Two)

  • Applied Music Production Techniques
  • Audio Electronics
  • Computer Music Composition and Production
  • Critical Music Listening
  • Public Performance Technology
  • Music Studio Production
  • Preparation
  • Process and Production in the Creative Arts
  • Research Project

Course Modules (Year Two)


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Certification

  • Edexcel/BTEC Award: Higher National Certificate in Music Production or Higher National Diploma in Music Production

Progression Opportunities

While the HND course has a strong practical element, learners are also armed with the academic expertise and qualifications required to gain advanced entry into degree programmes both here in Ireland and in the UK. Learners who successfully complete the HND will usually require just one more year in a UK University to gain their degree

Progression Examples

BA in Creative Music Production (DL704)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in Music Production (GC455)

Pulse College Dublin

One Year Top up Degrees BSc in Creative Industries Popular Music Technology (PH10)

University of South Wales

Advanced Entry Links into 2nd or 3rd Year of Degree Programmes BA in Creative Music Technologies (4F74)

University of South Wales

Construction and Engineering Technology

University of South Wales Trinity Saint David

Career Paths

Opportunities exist throughout the music industry and beyond: TV and radio, live sound, theatre, recording studios, music marketing and management.

Accreditations

Aaron Hegarty

2016 graduate. Currently in his 2nd year in IADT studying.
"As someone with a huge interest in music and recording the QQI Level 5 course in Sound Production really helped me to become more familiar with the art of recording and producing…

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Aaron Hegarty

2016 graduate. Currently in his 2nd year in IADT studying.
"As someone with a huge interest in music and recording the QQI Level 5 course in Sound Production really helped me to become more familiar with the art of recording and producing music with very hands on experience.  There’s a great mix between theory and practical work and the college has a top notch studio and editing suite which is a great learning tool. The course gave  me the option to progress into a level 7 Creative Music Production course in IADT and it also  gave me the confidence to do so."

Course Coordinator

Patrick Wall

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