Music Technology

Course Description
DkIT's taught Masters programme in Music Technology is designed for graduates seeking to combine technological competence with musical creativity. The influence and impact of computing and digital technologies on sound and music is everywhere to be seen. This programme is a response to the increasing demand from Artists, Scientists, Educationalists, and the wider music industry, and digital media sector, for courses which bridge the traditionally perceived Arts-Science divide to produce graduates conversant in both new technologies and their creative and educational application.

Comprising taught and research components, the programme is modular and structured over three semesters. The taught component of the programme (Semesters 1 and 2) consists of five mandatory modules in each semester.

Important features of the Masters programme are the balancing of theory and practice, and technological competence and musical creativity. At the core of the programme is hands-on training at computer music workstations where students are exposed to computer-based musical composition, sound synthesis and manipulation, programming and development, and music production.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a knowledge of the production of audio and a passion for music technology is also necessary, or hold a Level 7 or 8 qualification in the area. Applicants will be required to submit an approved portfolio of relevant digital audio/ visual work. Graduates of other creative disciplines will be assessed for entry through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on a case by case basis. Candidates will be interviewed where deemed appropriate.

For Mature applicants (over the age of 23 at the time of application) relevant industry or related experience may be accepted in lieu of degree. As part of the selection process, all shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.

Subjects taught

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Sound Synthesis and Manipulation
Recording Techniques and Technologies
Electroacoustic Music 1
Computer Programming for Musicians
Sound Design for Interactive Applications
Multimedia Music Production
Electroacoustic Music 2
Computer Programming for Audio Applications
Research Practice and Work-placement

Following successful completion of the taught component, the student pursues a major research project, the Masters Project, under the supervision of one of the course lecturers. The pathway chosen by the student will strongly influence the focus (Artistic or Scientific/ Technological) of the research component, which in turn will determine the award title of Master of Arts in Music Technology, or Master of Science in Music Technology. Projects are normally in one of the following areas: music software development, composition portfolio, or dissertation.

Duration

18 months.

Enrolment dates

Contact Dundalk IT for the next course start date.

Post Course Info

Graduates will have career opportunities in the digital media sector, the recording industry, multimedia development, internet/web music and audio, sound design, audio R&D, music education, radio and television, composition and arranging, music production, music software design, music therapy clinics and music instrument technology.

Students can also progress to further studies and undertake research postgraduate studies at MA, MSc and PhD level

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA/MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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