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Music Production Level 6

Course Code PEH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award Year 1: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Music (Technology)

Award Year 2: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music (Production)

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

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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Why choose this course?

This course will introduce you to the rudiments involved in producing music in live sound recording and/or static settings, either in a home studio or in a large recording studio. You will learn from musicians who have worked in the industry and who will impart to you their knowledge of the performance and technical perspectives involved in creating high quality recordings.

On this course you will study the technical operation of sound recording equipment and the related industry standard software techniques necessary to complete a recording. This you will complete in our newly refurbished recording studio, and you can practice your techniques in our large performance studio. In addition, you will study project management and develop business skills that will give you the skillset to allow you to gain employment in this area of advance to further and higher education.

What will you study?

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

End of Year 1 Certification Higher National Certificate in Music (Technology)

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

End of Year 2 Certification Higher National Diploma in Music (Production)

Course Facilities

  • Classroom Lab with 25 workstations and Midi controller keyboards
  • Analog Recording Studio
  • SSL Origin Recording Console
  • RADAR and Universal Audio interfaces
  • 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, Adobe Audition, Fruity Loops, Soundforge, Ableton Live, Pure Data, Max 8, Reaper and Sony Vegas
  • Extensive Studio and Live microphone locker: Barkley / Coles / AEA / DPA / Neumann / Audio-Technica / Soyuz / Sennheiser / Beyerdynamic / AKG
  • High End Microphone Preamps: TL Audio / Neve / AEA / Urei / SSL / Focusrite / Audient / Tascam

Course Features

  • Students can apply to participate in the annual International Band and Business Camp hosted in Hammelburg, Germany by the Popakademie.
  • Students have the possibility of being involved in an Erasmus+ exchange programme.
  • Students will complete a Stage Pass training course certified by the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST).
  • Annual guest lectures and workshops from industry professionals.

What do you need to apply?

Year 1 Higher National Certificate

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a Merit profile. Suitable BCFE QQI Level 5 awards include:
  • The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

Year 2 Higher National Diploma

  •  Students who have successfully completed year 1 and have achieved a Higher National Certificate in Music (Technology), can progress automatically to year 2.
  •  Applicants with an equivalent Higher National Certificate, and subject to module compatibility may also apply directly to Year 2, Higher National Diploma in Music (Production).

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 Opportunities

  • 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 in any of the following roles: Sound Engineers, Stage Managers, Production Managers, Event Production Crew and Managers, Sound Designers, Acoustic Engineers and Consultants, Foley Artists, Recording Engineers, Sound Technicians, Location Sound Engineers, Further Study (Masters/Ph.D.), Professional Musicians / DJs, Sound Editors.

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
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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.

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