Music & Media Technologies

Course Description

The Music & Media Technologies (MMT) programme in Trinity was initiated in 1996 by Dermot Furlong (School of Engineering) and Donnacha Dennehy (School of Music), and was the first post-graduate programme of its kind in Ireland.

A particular feature of this programme is a balanced approach to musical and technological topics. Musically, a strong emphasis is placed on the development of adaptable compositional (both acoustic and electronic) skills, while technological topics are addressed from both a hands-on workstation/studio exposure and a fundamental mathematical and scientific basis, which focuses on musically relevant issues.

The first two semesters form a self-contained Postgraduate Diploma course which provides the necessary musical and technological skills to allow creative individuals to engage in computer-assisted audio-visual composition and production, engage in audio signal processing system design, apply software tools for the music and media industries, and/or enter the arena of media production.

The third (summer) semester of study, leading to the M.Phil. Degree is an option open to those achieving a sufficient standard in their first & second semester module assignments and exams. Students are required to complete a thesis which can be of a musical or technological nature.

The overall objective of the MMT programme is to provide a thorough grasp of the principles and applications of computer, audio and video technologies in combination with significant exposure to media related topics such as music, visual music, VR/AR, and interactive installations.  Artistic creativity is stimulated and developed over the year of the programme through a combination of exam and assignment-based work, and culminating in a final thesis, which features a significant and original contribution of a technological and/or artistic nature.

The breadth of coverage is a characteristic and unique feature of the MMT programme, and this allows students to specialise in those areas which they find most interesting.  Students emerge from the programme with a strong grounding in the scientific and technological principles behind digital audio, video and computation, and with a well-developed artistic sensibility

Entry requirements

Acceptance for the course is based on an overall assessment, which takes into account:
•Musical/compositional/artistic and/or technological ability as evidenced by a portfolio submission
•Formal musical knowledge - ideally level 5/6


1 year full time 2 years part time

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Dermot Furlong
Telephone Number: +353 1 896 1864

Application date

Closing Date: 14 July 2020

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2020

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