Higher National Diploma in Music Production (HND)


Two Year Full-time


Edexcel/BTEC Award: Higher National Certificate in Music Production or Higher National Diploma in Music Production

Course Aims

This two-year Higher National Degree course gives learners the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills in Sound Engineering, Music Production and other aspects of the music industry such as running a music business, understanding the science of sound, legal and health issues . Taught by professionals working in the industry, this course will prepare learners for careers in the media, entertainment and music fields. Learners will work with performers and musicians in a purpose built industry standard professional recording studio. Editing, mixing and production take place in a state-of-the-art all iMac digital sound production facility. All workstations are equipped with software including Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Reason. 

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate (Minimum of C3 in two subjects at Leaving Certificate Higher Level)
• Full Level 5 QQI Award in Sound Production or equivalent
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

(Year 1)

• Creative Arts Research Skills

• Music in Context

• Music Health and the Law

• Music Notation

• Music Production Analysis

• Principles of Musical Sound

• Sound Creation and Manipulation

• Studio Recording and Engineering

(Year 2)

• Applied Music Production Techniques
• Audio Electronics
• Computer Music Composition and Production
• Critical Music Listening
• Public Performance Technology
• Music Studio Production
• Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
• Research Project



Special Features



Second year learners apply theory to practice by running a music enterprise managing their own music label. They record original music and take charge of all aspects of the project, from recording and production to running live events, design and marketing.


Additional Information


For the last number of years, the Vantastival Festival in Bellurgan, Co. Louth has hosted a DFEi music stage. Learners gained incredible practical experience through running all aspects of the venue from auditions to stage set-up and performance. This feature has never been offered by any other college in Ireland.


Progression Opportunities

While the HND course has a strong practical element, learners are also armed with the academic expertise and qualifications required to gain advanced entry into degree programmes both in Ireland and the UK. Learners who successfully complete the HND will usually require just one more year in a UK university to gain their degree.


Higher Education Progression

BA in Creative Music Production (DL704)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
BA in Music Production (GC455)
Pulse College Dublin
One Year Top up Degrees
BSc in Creative Industries Popular Music Technology (PH10)
University of South Wales
Advanced Entry Links into 2nd or 3rd Year of Degree Programmes
BA in Creative Music Technologies (4F74)
University of South Wales
BSc in Music Technology (J931)
University of South Wales
Trinity Saint David

Career Paths

Opportunities exist throughout the music industry and beyond: TV and radio, Live Sound, Theatre, Recording Studios, Music Marketing and Management.