Sound Engineering/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.  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. 

Students on this course in addition to the QQI modules have the option of completing a BTEC module in DJ Performance Techniques, which will equip students with the skills required for the modern club DJ such as beat matching, cueing, effects and looping and is delivered on Pioneer DJ equipment.  It would be suited to those who are interested in learning how to DJ with electronic music.

The course is an excellent foundation for progression to the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music Production at DFEi.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate
  • A 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
  • DJ Performance Techniques (Optional)
Module Information

Module Information

Sound Engineering/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.

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).

 

Music Technology 5N1640

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 - Theory (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.

Assessment: Assignment (50%), Project (50%).

 

Radio Programme Production 5N1379

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to produce radio programmes and other radio broadcast materials to a standard suitable for a range of services at local, regional and national level.

Assessment: Assignment (30%), Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%), Examination - Theory (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.

Assessment: Project (40%), Skills Demonstration (30%), Learner Record (30%).

 

Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148

This aim of this module 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.

Assessment: Project (40%), Skills Demonstration (30%), Examination - Theory (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.

Assessment: Portfolio/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.

Assessment: Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).

DJ Performance Techniques (Optional) - A BTEC module

This hands-on DJ Performance module is designed to equip you with the skills required for the modern club DJ such as beatmatching, cueing, effects and looping.  This course is delivered on Pioneer DJ equipment.  It would be suited to those who are interested in learning how to DJ with electronic music.

Certification

  • Level 5 Award Sound Production 5M2149

Special Features

As well as learning about in-studio recording, students will get the opportunity to gain invaluable experience organising gigs, setting up sound facilities for live performances and doing on location recording.

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

Specialist resources include:

• Sound Production Studio with iMac Digital Sound Studio

• Digital Radio Studio with Adobe Audition

• Internal live venue with stage and sound booth

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information

Assessment

Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Higher National Diploma (HND) 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 Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

BA Arts

BA Humanities

University College Dublin

BA in Creative Music Production

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in Commercial Modern Music

Bachelor of Music

TU Dublin - City Campus (formerly DIT)

BA in Applied Music

BA in Production of Music and Audio

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BA in Music Technology

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Music Technology - Advanced Entry into 2nd Year. Students must have full QQI Level 5 Award 5M2149 Sound Production with 3 Distinctions

Institute of Technology Tralee

Career Paths

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

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Paul Jennings

2019 Graduate – Now in 2nd year IADT, Music Production (adv entry)

As well as studying,  I am making music, DJing on radio and DJing at gigs and clubs. I am using all the music equipment and software that I learned in college. I loved…

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Paul Jennings

2019 Graduate – Now in 2nd year IADT, Music Production (adv entry)

As well as studying,  I am making music, DJing on radio and DJing at gigs and clubs. I am using all the music equipment and software that I learned in college. I loved the course especially the practical kind of stuff. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in  music whether it’s production or playing. 

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Patrick Wall

Patrick Wall

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