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