Level 5 QQI Award
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.
One of the following:
- Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
- Leaving Certificate Applied
- Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
- Mature applicants are welcome
- Sound Engineering and Production
- Music Technology
- Event Production
- Radio Programme Production
- Desktop Multimedia Audio Production
- Work Experience
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%)
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%)
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%)
- Level 5 Award Sound Production 5M2149
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.
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
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.
BA Arts (DN520)
BA Humanities (DN530)
University College Dublin
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
Opportunities exist throughout the music industry and beyond: TV and radio, live sound, theatre, recording studios, music marketing and management.
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2016 graduate. Currently in his 3rd 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…
2016 graduate. Currently in his 3rd 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."