• Code: MF
  • Certification:
    BTEC Foundation Diploma in Music Production DBDY3 or DBDY5 Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ
  • Duration: One Year


This course is designed for students new to the subject, those coming back into education after a break, or those lucky enough to find they finally have the time to pursue their passion for music. The course is practical with a focus on hands on hands-on experience supported by coaching and guidance from industry experts. Key areas include recording, mixing, mastering, editing and processing in both studio and live environments, using state of the art analogue mixing desks and outboard with industry standard digital software (ProTools/Ableton).

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Programme of Study
  • The Recording Studio
  • Recording Skills
  • Mixing Skills
  • DAW Production Skills
  • Music Creation Skills
  • Live Event Production

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Leaving Cert Applied Award
  • Mature applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Career Opportunities
  • Sound Engineering (Live/Studio)
  • Post Sound for TV & Film
  • Radio
  • Event Production
  • Live Sound

Higher Education Progression*
  • BIFE:

           Music Production HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+

           Music Performance HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+

  • Pulse College:

           BA (Hons.) Degree in Music Production

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Course Co-Ordinator

Rob Murphy

Where are they now?

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


“Completing the Level 5 Sound Engineering course in BIFE has strengthened my fundamentals and skills regarding sound/music production & knowing the music industry. The tutors helped me immensely with operating professional mixing consoles and music equipment. Being the industry professionals that they are, they trained me into becoming a confident sound engineer and artist. It was a great experience for me as it made my transition to a degree level smooth. This course was able to springboard me into studying a Level 8 Degree in Audio Production & Music Project Management at Dublin Business School, which I am confidently studying as I believe my tutors in BIFE truly delivered their teaching." - Benhur Nadurata

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