• Code: MF
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Sound Production (5M2149) 
  • Duration: One Year


Learn how to record, mix, produce and master music using vintage analogue equipment alongside innovative digital technology in any of our three teaching studios or two production studios including a 24 channel recording studio, editing studio, production studio and a newly installed broadcast studio. Our tutors will guide you through the ins and outs of a professional studio, teaching you how to turn your rough mixes, or track ideas, into commercial masters. Hands on practice coupled with guided tuition reveals the industry secrets behind Microphone Techniques, EQ, Compression, Level Balancing, Spatialization, Drum Programming, & Sound Design.

Programme of Study
  • * Music Technology
  • * Sound Engineering & Production
  • * Desktop Audio Production
  • * Event Production
  • * Music Industry Studies
  • * Radio Programme Production
  • * Communications
  • * Work Experience

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent 
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a Merit profile 
  • QQI Level 4 Certificate with Merit profile 
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Production
  • Post Sound for TV & Film
  • Radio
  • Event Production
  • Live Sound
Higher Education Progression*

As this is a new awards all existing progression pathways via the CAO and Higher Ed Links schemes should be confirmed with the Higher Level institutions listed below  


  • Music Production HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+
  • Music Performance HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+

IT Blanchardstown:

  • Creative Digital Media (BN 112)


  • Film & Screen Media (CK105)


  • Multimedia (CR112)

Maynooth University:

  • Music Technology (MH 102)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Karl Glynn Finnegan

Where are they now?

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

“The Sound Recording & Music Technology course definitely helped me to get where I am today. As a Post Production Sound Engineer, I'm now mixing TV programmes and video packages for one of Ireland's main television broadcasters. It's my ideal job. While I had a little background in audio before going to BIFE, what I learned there was invaluable in cementing my knowledge and adding to it - as well as insuring that I felt confident that I knew my stuff. However, having prior knowledge of a subject isn't really necessary as the tutors and staff at BIFE are great at helping out anyone who wants to learn. All it requires is a bit of dedication." - Patrick Doyle

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