Sound Production

Level 5 QQI Award

Duration

One Year

Overview

This course is for students who are interested in a career in music and sound engineering or music promotion. It 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 (HND) 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
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Desktop Multimedia Audio Production
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
Module Information

Module Information

Sound Production

Level 5 QQI Award: Sound Production (5M2149)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)

 

Sound Engineering and Production 5N1900

Gain the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a typical recording studio environment. Learn how to work effectively in a live sound or location recording scenario.

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

 

Music Technology 5N1650

Learn how to make music using a range of different methods and technologies. Using 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%), Examination (40%)

 

Ethnomusicology 5N1443

The purpose of this award 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%), Project (50%)

 

Radio Programme Production 5N1379

Gain the skills and knowledge required to work in a modern radio studio.

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

 

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%), Learner Record (30%)

 

Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148

This module aims to equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to work in an electronic music environment using modern technology. The practical aspects of the program will be delivered using Ableton Live software along with a range of hardware MIDI controllers. Learn to program beats, control synthesizers, edit audio and manipulate samples within the software.

Assessments: Project (40%), Skills Demonstration (30%), Examination (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%), 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. A Work Placement of 10 working days must be arranged.

Assessments: Collection of Work (60%), 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.

Thank You

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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…

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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

Patrick Wall

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