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BSc (Hons) in Music Technology & Production

Course Code: LC372


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Art & Design


CAO Points

325

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Balancing technical expertise and creative practice, this program offers the opportunity to develop core skills in the music and audio production industries. Activities centre around the development of knowledge and skills related to music production, audio technology, and professional practice. Knowledge is acquired though applied learning and an active student-centred approach, with skills developed through a blend of lectures and practicals. Students have access to industry professionals and peers, resulting in a strong working environment and network. Small class sizes facilitate plenty of one-to-one time with lecturers and this experience is supplemented with workshops given by industry experts throughout the year.  

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish.

Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Further Education/Prior Learning Applicants

Applications will also be considered for Direct/Advanced Entry from those with a FETAC Level 5/6 qualification (or equivalent) and/or relevant prior learning.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Acoustics 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to introduce learners to fundamental concepts in acoustics and psychoacoustics.


    Title: Audio Aural Skills

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to equip learners with listening, analysis, conceptual and terninological skills to evaluate the relationship between perceived sound and signal characteristics.


    Title: Audio Electronics 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to introduce basic electrical and electronic concepts as they apply to the safe and effective operation and analysis of audio equipment.


    Title: Digital Audio for Music 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module establishes normal digital audio workstation operations. A comprehensive understanding of how computers handle audio data is used to explore creative musical solutions and ensure working file input and output.


    Title: Music 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to introduce basic musical concepts that will apply in common music production situations. The indicative content of this module focuses on the concepts, not the context. The context and the music used to illustrate these concepts will be derived from some initial exercises with the students of each year. By illustrating concepts as much as possible within music that is valued by and familiar to the students the concepts should be more memorable. The concepts covered will also be reinforced through listening exercises, reading and writing notation in several forms, and through some basic keyboard exercises.


    Title: Music Technology 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to introduce fundamental concepts of hardware operation using basic recording, mixing and outboard equipment.


  • Year 2

    Title: Acoustics 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to develop understanding of practical applications of acoustic phenomena in real world situations.


    Title: Audio Electronics 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to enhance the learners' understanding of analog and digital electronics as appropriate to audio applications.


    Title: Digital Audio for Music 2

    Credits: 10

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    This module builds on the basic principles of digital audio workstation and expands on skills to acheive confident and competent management of complex DAW environment, including collaborative work where the needs of others are addressed technically and creatively.


    Title: Digital Networks

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces the learner to communications models and the implementation of TCP/IP protocols for communication between applications and devices.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 1 - Event & Theatre Technology

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to introduce event management and staging concepts.


    Title: Interactive Audio

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces a range of contemporary creative music production processes for real-time multimedia applications in a technology mediated group environment.


    Title: Internet Media Technology

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to equip the learner with the technical skills needed for the customisation and maintenance of an on-line multimedia website, and associated social networking pages.


    Title: Music 2

    Credits: 10

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    This subject builds on the basic music skills introduced in Music Theory 1. Students are encouraged to increase their understanding of a variety of musical forms and genres through a series of practical composition and arrangement exercises to be undertaken using MIDI and audio sequencer and digital audio editing computer applications.


    Title: Music Technology 2

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to expand knowledge of recording/production scenarios to encompass more complex environments and situations. It is also intended to provide an introduction to live sound reinforcement.


  • Year 3

    Title: AV Special Topic Research

    Credits: 5

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    This module focuses on research, information gathering, analysis, conclusion drawing, evaluation, presentation and disussion of topics.


    Title: Digital Audio for Music 3

    Credits: 10

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    This module explores the fine detail of mathematical operations on audio signals. Digital routing, control signals, synthesis and analysis parameters, modulation and filtering are investigated at a low level (sample level). Detailed computer operations pertaining to sound production, code and syntax are developed in detail.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 2

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to develop cognate event staging and management skills such as lighting, stage management, event planning and logistics.


    Title: Interactive Music Performance 2

    Credits: 10

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    This module develops skill sets to engage with multimedia-based creative music production contexts in technologically mediated onstage and studio environments.


    Title: Music 3

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to cover key elements in the development of modern music styles. Students are expected to use the skills they have developed in previous study by analysing modern music in a variety of styles, creating arrangements of pieces of music and creating music with regard to particular stylistic characteristics.


    Title: Music Industry & Monetisation

    Credits: 10

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    This module details the structure of the contemporary professional music industry as well as various methods toward music monetisation relevant to current industry resources.


    Title: Music Technology 3

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to address complex sound reinforcement, mixing, routing and diffusion concepts and establish competence in operation and installation of Public Address systems.


    Title: Music/Media Collaborative Industry Project

    Credits: 5

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    This module allows learners to engage with a professional commercial production that they devise to create a marketable product.


    Title: Music/Media Workplace Learning

    Credits: 5

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    This module allows learners to deploy skills in a professional setting to produce self-reflection and awareness of professional demands and means of meeting them.


    Title: Studio Design

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to cover a comprehensive range of topics related to the design, construction and specification of acoustically engineered music and audio production environments.


  • Year 4

    Title: Advanced Mixing for Music 4a - Mixing

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to extend audio mixing skills to an industry standard reflecting a comprehensive understanding of constraints and opportunities relating to various delivery paradigms.


    Title: Advanced Mixing for Music 4b Remixing

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to further extend audio mixing skills to an industry standard ready for Mastering and to remix other artists work to broadcast standards.


    Title: Audio Video Digital Signal Processing 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to enable learners to creatively utilise and manipulate audio/video signals, MIDI, and hardware using visual programming languages.


    Title: Audio Video Digital Signal Processing 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to enable learners to utilise syntax-based programming environments within the context of audio and video technologies. It is intended to enable learners to utilise syntax-based programming languages for creative and technical projects, as well as to customise, extend, and create software objects in the visual programming environments utilised in the AVDSP1 module.


    Title: Broadcast and Copyright Law 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to introduce learners to Legal concepts and terminology, and provide detailed understanding of Broadcast Regulation, Rights, Copyright, Defamation laws as they apply to the broadcast and commercial release paradigms.


    Title: Broadcast and Copyright Law 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to introduce learners to Legal concepts and terminology, and provide detailed understanding of Broadcast Regulation, Rights, Copyright, Defamation laws as they apply to the broadcast and commercial release paradigms.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 3 b - Event Creation

    Credits: 5

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    This course is designed to advance the technical skills previously developed in order to effectively create and manage live events and also to enable them to further advance the professionalism, management skills, contextual and interpersonal awareness and social responsibility.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 3a - Event Design

    Credits: 5

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    This course is designed to advance the technical skills previously developed in order to effectively create and manage live events and also to enable them to further advance the professionalism and final appearance of of their Staging and lighting projects through the creative manipulation and execution of lighting, Audio Visuals, set, pyrotechnics, and other technical ingredients.


    Title: Music Production: Performance and Composition

    Credits: 5

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    The purpose of this module is use advanced musical, psychological and perceptual phenomena to realise music through technological means. The application of detailed knowledge of the human auditory and perceptual systems is used to develop methods of generating, improving and delivering effective musical items of various kinds. Learners are facilitated in defining, developing and demonstrating a personal, unique, useful and adaptable set of musical strategies and approaches to create a portfolio of pieces demonstrative of their particular skills. This semesterised module focuses on the development and delivery of a portfolio of musical pieces designed to show the unique range and depth of the individual student's production strengths.


    Title: Music Production: Psychology and Perception

    Credits: 5

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    The purpose of this module is use advanced musical, psychological and perceptual phenomena to realise music through technological means. The application of detailed knowledge of the human auditory and perceptual systems is used to develop methods of generating, improving and delivering effective musical items of various kinds. Learners are facilitated in defining, developing and demonstrating a personal, unique, useful and adaptable set of musical strategies and approaches to create a portfolio of pieces demonstrative of their particular skills. This semesterised module focuses on the background psychological mechanisms underpinning the production and evaluation of music.


    Title: Music/Audio/Broadcast Project and Dissertation

    Credits: 20

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    This module establishes strong independent research and project management skills in regard to developing a significant body of music production or audio research work.


    Title: Video Post-Production 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to establish competent skills in a post-production environment operation and management.


    Title: Video Post-Production 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module continues from Video Post - Production 1 is intended to continue to establish competent skills in a post-production environment operation and management.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within LIT or elsewhere.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to work in a modern technical environment, such as in recording studios, video editing suites and at live events.

Graduates of this course are actively working in the following areas: 

  • Live Sound Engineering
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Stage/Production Management
  • Music Production
  • Record Engineering
  • Mix Engineering
  • Theatre Technician
  • Musical Direction
  • Audio Post Production
  • Radio Production

More Information

Students have access to a 350-seater theatre, recording studios, and other production facilities at LIT. Additionally, a huge range of music and audio equipment is available from our stores to facilitate self-directed learning. Graduates of this programme are prepared for academic progression and career prospects in broadcast media, live theatre, and studio-based media environments.