Sound Production


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Sound Production (5M2149)

Course Aims

This course is for learners who are interested in a career in music and sound engineering or music promotion. This course provides a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of digital sound engineering and music production Learners will record performers and musicians in an all iMac digital sound production facility, fully equipped with a comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art equipment. Learners will also gain practical experience setting up sound facilities for live performances and location recording. The course is an excellent foundation for progression to the HND in Music Production at DFEi.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Sound Engineering and Production
• Music Technology
• Ethnomusicology
• Event Production
• Music Industry Studies
• Desktop Multimedia Audio Production
• Radio Programme Production
• Desktop Publishing
• Work Experience
• Communications

Special Features

As well as learning about in-studio recording, learners will get the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience organising gigs, setting up sound facilities for live performances and doing on-location recording

Specialist resources include

  • Sound Production Studio with iMac Digital Sound Studio
  • Digital Radio Studio with Adobe Audition
  • Internal live venue with stage and sound booth


Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Higher National Diploma in Music Production at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme 



BA in Creative Music Production (DL704)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
BA in Commercial Modern Music (DT506)
Bachelor of Music (DT501)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BA in Applied Music (DK860)
BA in Production of Music and Audio (DK865)
Dundalk Institute of Technology
BA in Music Technology (MH102)
National University of Ireland Maynooth