Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Studio and Live Sound Production 5M2149

This course provides learners with the technical skills required to get ahead in the professional sound production industry. Throughout the year students participate in applied learning projects, where they explore the various roles associated with the modern audio engineer. These include traditional Studio Recording, Radio Production, Live Sound Engineering and Electronic Music Production. In addition, learners will also be introduced to Digital Movie Processing and Audio Post Production Workflows.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature Applicants Welcome

Course Content

Sound Engineering & Production 5N1900

Music Technology 5N1640

Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148

Radio Programme Production 5N1379

Audio Engineering 5N1564

Digital Movie Processing 5N1605

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study from Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

This award is achieved by working on practical projects using Industry Standard Software, such as Reaper, Pro Tools, Adobe Premiere and a selection of third-party Plugins. Learners are expected to have a reasonable computer and will be guided through the process of preparing to work with the required hardware and software. Throughout the year students are assigned projects and must also prove their competence in several skills demonstrations involving microphones, interfaces, cables, mixers and monitors. At the end of the year there are theory exams in certain subjects.

Progression to Higher Education

Learners who successfully complete this course can progress to a wide range of University and Institute of Technology courses using the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

*For Example:

*LC270 – Music Technology and Production *AL605 – Music and Instrument Technology

  • AL718 – Music and Sound Engineering
  • GA776 – Computing and Digital Media
  • LC276 – Creative Broadcast and Film Production *GA281 – Film & Documentary

*National University of Ireland Maynooth – MH101 – Bachelor of Arts 

*National University of Ireland Maynooth – MH109 – Media Studies 

*Munster Technological University MTU Tralee – TL TL702 – TV, Radio and New Media

  • Munster Technological University MTU Tralee – TL711 – Computing with Games Development

*Dundalk Institute of Technology – DK865 – Audio and Music Production

*Institute of Art, Design & Technology IADT – DL838 - BA Creative Music Production

*University of Galway – GY130 – Arts (Music)

*Technological University Dublin – TU982 – Media Production and Digital Arts

*Note: Always check with CAO lookup tool the check for additional requirements.


This course Leads to an industry recognised QQI Certificate in Sound Production (5M2149)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are ready to start building a career in Sound Production as Recording Engineers, Mix Engineers, Music Producers, Remixers, Radio Producers, Managers, Composers, Editors and Sound Designers.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

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Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.


GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonials:

“I enjoyed Music Technology because I really enjoy making music.” Dara, Sound Production 2021

“I loved scoring the movie clip and the sound design project. I also really enjoyed learning about different mixing techniques.” Ryan, Sound Production 2021

“I really enjoyed learning how to use Reaper from the ground up, and the knowledge of general DAW practices will be invaluable in the future.”

Dave, Sound Production 2021

“Work Experience was brilliant, I found myself really suited to Radio.” Iarla, Sound Production 2021

“The most enjoyable aspect for me was completing the assignments, getting feedback and having that feeling of accomplishment after creating something more complex than I ever thought I could.” Christina, Sound Production 2021

“I loved everything about this course, for the cost this course was absolutely amazing. There wasn't a single part that I didn't thoroughly enjoy.” Ian, Sound Production 2021