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Music – Music Production Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code PEH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music (Production)

* The Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6

On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.

Music Production students work in recording studios to sound engineer music, manage live sound, desktop audio, digital sound recording & music technology

Over 2 years, music production students work in studios to sound engineer music, live sound, desktop audio, digital sound recording & music technology.

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Overview

This music production course involves technical operations of modern sound equipment and music technology.

It aims to equip you with a skill set that allows you to enter a career, or continue your academic pursuits within this discipline.

You will work with performers and musicians in the recording studios to produce master tracks and other media. Other work will involve live sound, desktop audio production and developing multi-media content.

Course Content

Year 1

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

Entry Requirements

Facilities

  • Classroom Lab with 25 HP workstations with Midi controller keyboards.
  • Analog Recording Studio
  • Digital Recording Studio
  • State of the Art D+B PA System in Purpose Built Venue with 4 way monitors
  • Software includes: Pro-tools, Logic Pro, Propellerheads, Reason, Cubase, Soundforge, Ableton Live, Pure Data Max MSP, Reaper and Sony Vegas

Portfolio Guidelines

  • 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.

Progression

  • Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE, and then on completion, apply to the Masters programme in Music and Media Technologies in Trinity College Dublin.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities, where graduates gain exemption of one or two years from music degree courses in Ireland, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution). Graduates may also gain exemption of one or two years from other Music degree courses in the UK.

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Students' Work

Music Production students work in recording studios to sound engineer music, manage live sound, desktop audio, digital sound recording & music technology
Music Production students work in recording studios to sound engineer music, manage live sound, desktop audio, digital sound recording & music technology
Apply, Register & Pay Fees

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