See all courses

HND in Music Production

Course Code: PEH

Duration: 2 Years


This Music Production course involves technical operations of modern sound equipment and music technology. It aims to equip students with a skill set that allows them to enter a career or follow further academic pursuits within this discipline. Students work with performers and musicians in the recording studios to produce master tracks and other media. Other work involves live sound, desktop audio production and developing multi-media content. Successful students can expect to find employment in the media, entertainment and music industries as sound engineers, music producers, editors, midi production programmers, technicians, and pro-audio sales.


Year 1

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Sound Principles
  • Recording Technology
  • Creative Software Techniques
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Media Composition

Year 2

  • Creative Research Project
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Music Systems Programming
  • Advanced Synthesis and Processing
  • Live Mixing
  • Composing to a Brief
  • Sound for Media Products


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Applicants are required to bring to interview an audio CD with two pieces of self recorded music clearly labelled and indexed. Links to your audio mixes can be added within the work experience section of the online application form instead of the CD. A copy of a CV and any references should also be available for the interview.

HND in Music (Production)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


  • Classroom Lab with 25 HP workstations with Midi controller keyboards.
  • Analog Recording Studio
  • Digital Recording Studio
  • 8 Midi programming / recording booths with Apple Imacs and Propellerheads balance audio interfaces
  • State of the Art D+B PA System in Purpose Built Venue with 4 way monitors
  • Pro-tools HD2 Surround System
  • Software includes Pro-tools, Logic, Propellerheads Reason, Cubase , Soundforge, Ableton Live, Pure Data, Reaper and Sony Vegas


Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.