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Music Technology PLC

DeskThe Course

Music Technology is a hands-on, skills-based PLC course which equips students with a fundamental knowledge of the common applications of music technology in the recording, compositional and commercial music fields. The course covers relevant software (ProTools, Reason, Sound Forge) and hardware required for general music technology applications as well as aspects of recording skills and techniques, while facilitating a clear understanding of the underlying theory. The core modules on this course combine the acquisition of new skills and techniques with the development of the ability of students to apply these in a variety of situations.

You will learn the core skills for using relevant recording equipment and computer software as well as the principles of acoustics, psychoacoustics, music theory, midi applications, micro-processors, computer music production, studio techniques & design, and digital signal processing. You will also take modules in communications, computing, electronics and music industry studies. An internal work experience module provides the opportunity for you to integrate the knowledge and skills learned throughout your year of study. 

ProTools workstationsAim of the Course

The overall aim of the course is to educate students for a variety of career opportunities within the audio industry and related areas. It also aims for students to gain a broad appreciation of the technology, learn how to use it and be able to generalise from this understanding to use future hardware and software. Above all it aims to provide an inspiring and creative environment for students to develop their skills.

Areas Of Study

The areas of study fall into all the different modules that make up the course. They are listed below.



Entry Requirements / How to Apply

Apply now if you are a final year secondary student, an aspiring studio engineer or record producer, a musician, or just interested in the evolving world of music technology. Applicants should have achieved the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent. Mature applicants with suitable industry experience are also welcome to apply. It is also desirable that applicants have a keen interest in music, technology, and basic computer skills. You will require determination, hard work and reliability to succeed in this course. These are some of the qualities we expect of every student we accept on to our courses. Admission to the course is limited and subject to interview. Suitability interviews are usually held every May each year. An application form and guide to the process can be found on the PLC Application Process page.

Course Duration

1 full-time academic year, September to May. Students typically have up to 20 hours timetabled contact, 5 days per week; between 9am and 5pm. Students also spend time in excess of timetabled hours on studio work, music workstations, projects and study. The recommended additional study hours per week is between 5 to 10.


MicrophonesAssessment and Certification

Modules are assessed by studio project work, practical projects, assignments and examinations. Your final certificate classification (Distinction, Merit, Pass) will be based on your work throughout the year of the course. Successful candidates will receive a level 5 FETAC Award in Sound Production (5M2149) 

Learning and Teaching

Students are taught through a combination of traditional teaching learning methods, tutorials and practical work in the studio. The teachers typically use an audio-visual projector, practical demonstrations, printed handouts, a white board and interactive tutorial CD-ROMs.


Career Opportunities

The course will provide you with a qualification that has many applications within the music and audio industries. These industries and employers now seek qualified and competent personnel. Typical career opportunities are in the areas of sound engineering, music production and recording, live sound production, and audio technology, while others further their education by attending third-level universities.

Third Level Access

FETAC ensures that procedures for access, transfer and progression are implemented locally and nationally, thus facilitating learners at all stages of life to continue education and training through the Higher Education Links Scheme 2010 (.pdf). The Higher Education Links Scheme links specific FETAC (Level 5) Awards to reserved places on higher education courses. Students who have attained the full Performing Arts (Music) FETAC award are eligible to apply for a course at a range of higher education institutions, of which are outlined below.

InstituteCourse titleCAO CodeRequirements
Tralee Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Music TechnologyTL292Full FETAC Award
Limerick Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Science in Music Technology & ProductionLC701Full FETAC Award
NUI MaynoothBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Music TechnologyMH102Full FETAC Award
University of LimerickBachelor of Science in Music, Media & Performance TechnologyLM114Full FETAC Award
Athlone Institute of TechnologyHigher Certificate in Business with Music and Instrument TechnologyAL043Full FETAC Award
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Applied MusicDK860Full FETAC Award
Waterford Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in MusicWD027Full FETAC Award