Music Technology



The Music Technology degree course at IT Tralee has been designed to build on students passion for music, sound and technology - in order to develop the skills you require to fulfil your creative and professional ambitions.

Using industry-standard software and hardware, students develop skills in composition, studio recording, music production, mixing, live sound engineering, audio post-production, sound design, sound for film, sound for computer games, synthesis, mastering and surround sound. The course also develops transferable skills in critical and independent thinking, project management, team working and business – essential to graduates as they work in a wide variety of creative industries.

The course is delivered through a blend of hands-on tutorials in the studio and music tech labs, lectures, multidisciplinary group work, discussions, workshops with guest speakers from industry, practical hand-on projects and e-learning platforms. As the course progresses, students work on multidisciplinary group projects with students from related disciplines - animation, TV, radio, film, games and new media.

In the third year of the course you will take a 12-week industry work placement module. This is a vital component of the degree as it gives students the opportunity to work in their specialist area, and develop contacts in industry. For many students, work placement is a bridgehead to their chosen career path.

Students often travel overseas to work in award winning facilities in London (e.g. Halo Post Production and Sound Disposition), New York, Miami and Australia, or more locally at the INEC, Cork Opera House, Windmill Lane postproduction and Siamsa Tíre.


The course has been designed tobe very practical and hands-on while allowing students to express themselves creatively. In essence, we envisage students using technology to create - rather than creating the technology. All modules have been developed by expert staff following close consultation with an extensive network of music industry contacts, and are taught by experts in their field. Staff take the time to get to know students, and ensure that they realise their academic and creative potential.

Students are encouraged to use the Institute’s creative media facilities, including the recording studio, as much as possible - the recording studio is available from 8am to 9pm weekdays and on weekends.

IT Tralee is an ‘Avid Learning Partner’ offering one of a select number of music technology degree courses in Ireland which provides students with the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditation in Avid Pro  Tools hardware and software (at a discounted additional cost).

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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