• Code: MJ (Year One); MH (Year Two)
  • Certification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music Production Level 6+ equivalence on NFQ
  • Duration: Two Years


BIFE's Music Production Course fuses art and science to ensure students become fluent in the language and culture of music technology. An advanced program developed for those who want to hone and refine their skills. We focus on getting you ready to enter the competitive audio industry able to express yourself both technically and artistically. We go indepth into recording techniques used in the studio, live and on location. We explore emerging trends in audio technology, synthesis and sound design to make sure that your technique is fresh, vibrant and state-of-the-art. We encourage you to work towards your own artistic and professional goals with tutors providing constant support, professional coaching and individual guidance. If you want to go deep into the craft enroll at the Bray Institute of Further Education.

Programme of Study

HNC - Year One:

  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Music in Context
  • Music Notation
  • Computer Music Systems
  • Live Sound for Small Venues
  • Music Technology
  • Computer Music Composition & Production
  • Studio Recording & Engineering

HND – Year Two:

  • Preparation Process & Production
  •  Audio Post Production
  • Critical Music Listening
  • Music Production Analysis
  • Music Studio Production
  • Marketing the Creative Arts
  • Aural Perception
  • Public Performance Technology

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate with two honours
  • Full QQI Level 5 Award with relevant experience
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Sound Engineering (7603) with a meritprofile
  • BTEC Diploma in Music Technology with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. For a successful interview it is recommended that students bring in evidence of prior experience in sound recording/music production.

Career Opportunities
  • Studio Engineer
  • Location Sound
  • Interactive Media
  • Post Sound for TV & Film
  • Production/Recording Artist
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Gaming Audio
Higher Education Progression*

Queens University Belfast: 

  • BSc in Music Technology & Sonic Arts (Second Year)

Pulse College Dublin:

  • BA (Hons.) in Music Production – (Final Year)


  • ‘Creative Music Production (Third Year)


  • BA in Media Production Management – Final Year

Northbrook College Sussex: 

  • Music Production (W361 Final Year)

Manchester Metropolitan University: 

  • Creative Music Production (W394 Final Year)
Course Co-Ordinator

Philip Dobie

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I thought returning to education as a mature student would be difficult, but the staff and teachers at BIFE made it so enjoyable and I learned so much, that I wanted to go further. After completing the HND in Music Production at BIFE, I was able to go on to study at Queen's University Belfast where I received an Honours Degree in Music Technology and Sonic Arts. My time at BIFE prepared me so well for University, and the quality of training I received from my Tutors made the progression really quite easy." - Alan Doherty BSc


'The course gave me the tools to start producing the type of music I want to and a set of skills that have opened up new opportunities for me. Since the course I've done sound for the Fringe festival and various gigs but my real passion is music production so I'm in the process of producing my own music incorporating Ableton, vocals and live instruments. I'm also giving vocal tuition at Girls Rock Dublin. Girls Rock is a global organisation for young women who want a career in music and it gives them a positive, confidence-building experience in a supportive environment.' - Karen Hammond

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