Music Technology

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Technology

What is Music Technology



The Music technology course at IT, Tralee explores the creative possibilities of technology in the areas of audio production, music composition and digital media. You use industry-standard software and hardware to develop skills in sound recording, live sound engineering, audio post-production, sound design, live electronics, sound synthesis and sensor technology. The course also encourages you to use music technology as a creative tool in composition.

Our students work across media, formulate independent thinking and develop team work skills. As the course progresses, you will work on multi-disciplinary group projects with students from the related disciplines of visual effects and motion graphics, TV, radio, film, games and new media.


The course is delivered through a blend of interactive online learning, group discussions, critique sessions, workshops, guest speakers from industry, hands-on projects, studio work and collaborative projects. The industry work placement, which takes place in third year, is a vital component of the degree. Alternatively, you can work as part of an internal design team, creating digital content entries for national and international media applications awards.

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Why study Music Technology at IT, Tralee

This course has been designed for enthusiasts, for people with a passion to apply their technical and creative skills to music, broadcasting, new media and gaming. All modules are taught by experts in their field, while the modules themselves have been developed following close consultation with our extensive network of music industry contacts.

IT, Tralee is an ‘Avid Learning Partner’, which means you can get additional professional accreditation in Pro Tools hardware and software at a reduced additional cost. While we do emphasise timetabled lectures, tutorials, workshops and regular assignments, students also get an opportunity to work independently in studios and labs to produce their own work. Our state- of-the-art facilities include a dedicated recording studio, music technology Mac/PC laboratories and the IT, Tralee Digital Media Centre, a digital production and post-production facility.

What are my career opportunities

Our graduates take up employment opportunities in the areas of music recording and production, performance, composition, TV, radio, film, new media, software development, games, mobile and web technologies and education.

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Creativity and innovation are encouraged through the use of different methods of programme delivery and assessment such as interactive on-line learning, group discussions, critique sessions, workshops and presentations by speakers from industry, hands-on projects and studio work. An integral component of the degree is work placement in semester six (year 3) of the programme, which will allow students gain experience in a commercial environment or alternatively students may choose to work as part of an internal design team creating digital content entries for national and international media awards.

What facilities are available?

Much of the work takes place in the Institute's dedicated recording studio, music technology Mac/PC laboratories, the ITT Digital Media Centre (a state-of-the-art digital production and post-production facility consisting of a TV studio, Radio Studio and Multimedia Editing Suite).