Sound Production

Level 5 QQI Award

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Duration

One Year

Overview

This course is for students who are interested in a career in music and sound engineering or music promotion. This course provides a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of digital sound engineering and music production. Students will record performers and musicians in an all iMac digital sound production facility, fully equipped with a comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art equipment. Students will also gain practical experience setting up sound facilities for live performances and location recording. The course is an excellent foundation for progression to the HND in Music Production at DFEi.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Music Technology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Event Production
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Audio Engineering
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
Module Information

Module Information

Sound Production

Level 5 QQI Award: Sound Production (5M2149)

 

This course is designed to provide a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of digital sound engineering and music production.  Learners will record performers and musicians in an all-iMac digital sound production facility, fully equipped with a comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art equipment.  Learners will also gain practical experience setting up sound facilities for live performances and location recording.  Learners upon successful completion of this course, may be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities. This course is also an excellent foundation for progression to the Higher National Diploma in Music production at DFEI.  

 

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)

 

Sound Engineering and Production (5N1900)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a typical recording studio environment and also to work effectively within a live sound or location recording scenario.

Assessments: Skills Demonstration (60%) and Examination (40%)

 

Music Technology (5N1650)

The purpose of this module is to give learners the confidence to produce music using a range of different methods and technologies. Utilising a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) learners will develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge associated with sequencing and audio recording. They will also develop the skills required to create musical compositions using modern technology.

Assessments: Project (60%) and Examination (40%)

 

Ethnomusicology (5N1443)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to appreciate the musical diversity of ethnic groups, enhance their awareness of the socio-cultural and historical growth of music and use field studies as a form of research in ethnomusicology.

Assessments: Assignments (50%) and Project (50%)

 

Radio Programme Production (5N1379)

This course is designed for anyone new to radio and includes basic instruction in radio studio operations, from recording and editing to programme production.  Working individually and in programme teams, you will produce a range of items for radio including jingles, studio interviews, location reports and magazine programmes – all in a fully-digital recording, editing and broadcasting environment.

Assessments: Assignment (30%), Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%) and Exam (20%)

 

Music Industry Studies (5N1458)

Learn about how the music industry works, in Ireland and on a global scale. Get to know the different jobs and careers in music. Find out about major and independent record labels, as well as professional bodies such as IMRO and PPI. Discover how to make things happen, from production to promotion and distribution. Explore how the impact of new technologies has changed and opened up the music business. As part of your assessment, learners will be asked to pick a band or artist with potential and create a plan to help them succeed in the industry.

Assessments: Assignments (50%) and Project (50%)

 

Event Production (5N1374)

This module equips the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and stage an event covering areas such as understanding a client brief, roles of responsibility, scheduling, risk assessment, budgeting, logistics, promotions and communicating effectively as part of a team. Having completed this module the learner will be able to project manage events of different scales and types including live music concerts.

Assessments: Project (40%), Skills Demonstration (30%) and Learner Record (30%)

 

Desktop Publishing (5N0785)

Using industry standard software, learn the skills of desktop publishing. Create and produce single page, double page and multi-page documents containing text and graphic images suitable for professional/commercial publication. All aspects from layout to printing including, work flow, colour modes, file types and pre-print preparation are covered. Desktop Publishing plays an important part in the promotion and publicity area of the modern music industry. It can also be used for preparing items for digital publication.

Assessments: Collection of Work (70%) and Written Theory Exam (30%)

 

Communications (5N0690)

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessments: Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%)

 

Work Experience (5N1356)

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This comprises of a skills audit, achievement audit, rights and responsibilities, vocational area study, an evaluation of work placement and future career roles. All learners are required to perform a mandatory period of work placement in order to successfully complete this module.

Assessments: Collection of Work (60%) and Skills Demonstration (40%)

Certification

  • Level 5 Award Sound Production 5M2149

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Higher National Diploma in Music Production at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BA in Creative Music Production (DL704)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in Commercial Modern Music (DT506)

Bachelor of Music (DT501)

Dublin Institute of Technology

BA in Applied Music (DK860)

BA in Production of Music and Audio (DK865)

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BA in Music Technology (MH102)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Career Paths

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

Aisling Timmons

2016 Graduate. Now doing an BA in Maynooth University.
"The course is very broad which I love. As well as learning all the tools of sound production, you also learn about the industry. The facilities are fabulous. Having taken a year out I…

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Aisling Timmons

2016 Graduate. Now doing an BA in Maynooth University.
"The course is very broad which I love. As well as learning all the tools of sound production, you also learn about the industry. The facilities are fabulous. Having taken a year out I am now studying for my degree in Maynooth."

Course Coordinator

Patrick Wall

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