Further Education

Further Education 2021-2022

Studio and Live Sound Production 5M2149

This course provides learners with the technical skills required to work in Sound Production. Throughout the year students will participate in applied learning projects where they explore various roles associated with the modern audio engineer. These include traditional Studio Recording, Radio production, Live Sound Engineering and Electronic Music Production. In addition to this learners will also be introduced to digital media and computer systems related to sound production.

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

  • Interview

  • Mature Applicants Welcome

Course Content

Sound Engineering & Production 5N1900

Music Technology 5N1640

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148

Radio Programme Production 5N1379

Audio Engineering 5N1564

Digital Movie Processing 5N1605

Optional Modules

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

How the course is taught

This course is delivered in the GTI sound studios and Computer Music Labs, with class room support for theoretical aspects of the programme. Throughout the year students are assigned projects and must also prove their competence in a number of practical skills demonstrations. At the end of the year there are written exams in certain subjects.


QQI Level 5 Award in Sound Production (5M2149)

Progression to Higher Education

Successful completion of this Level 5 Award may lead to entry into the Level 6 Course in Media Production at GTI. Additionally, students who successfully complete this course may entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Schemes.

FOR EXAMPLE: Successful students may be considered for entry to the following courses: NUIG

*Gy130 Arts - Music

*GY261 Business Studies in International Hotel Management

*LC270Limerick Institute of Technology

*MH102 - Music Technology (Requires Math's) *[TL 292 –Tralee Institute of Technology Music Technology]([TL 292 –Tralee Institute of Technology Music Technology) *TL 291 - TV Radio and New Media Broadcasting

*AL651 - Music and Instrument Technology


NOTE: Please check with CAO, Career Guidance and relevant institute for confirmation. The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme may find employment in the Sound and related Media Industries as Studio Sound Engineers, Live Sound Engineers, Music Producers, Radio Engineers, TV Sound Mixers, Foley Recordists, Movie Sound FX Editors and Sound Designers.


Student Services Fee: €175

DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200

QQI Certification Fee: €50

Headphones: €30

Hard Disk Drive: €90

Sound Text Book: €15

Total: €560

Medical card holders, grant, BTEA & VTOS recipients are exempt from the DES Programme Participation and QQI Examination Fees.


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 Testimonial: Fiona Daly

Last year I studied the Level 5 Sound Production course in GTI. I would really recommend it to anyone interested in live sound, recorded sound or radio production. GTI uses top of the range sound equipment, classrooms have Apple Mac computers installed with Ableton and Logic Pro software and there is a radio and music studio available for students use. I studied a range of different modules from Music Technology and Radio Production to Health and Safety and Multimedia Authoring. I also learned how to use software like Final Cut and Photoshop. Last year as part of my Work Experience module, I was involved in GTI Radio where, for two weeks we ran an online radio station. As a result of this, I am now working part-time in Galway Bay FM as a Sound Engineer. Doing the Level 5 also helped me realise that I had an interest in media generally so I am currently a student on the Level 6 Media Production course in GTI. Fiona Daly