BA (Hons) Audio Production & Music Project Management

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
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The Degree in Audio Production and Music Project Management is delivered in collaboration with our partners Sound Training College. Located at Rory Gallagher Corner and the Temple Bar Music Centre (The Button Factory), the Sound Training College has been setting standards in audio education for over 30 years.

Our Audio Production and Music Project Management course offers students the unique
opportunity to develop their skills in the field through industry-based, professional projects. While working on these real-world projects, students engage in both advanced audio production and music project management, greatly broadening employability. These projects are an integral part of Sound Training Productions: a recording and production company (led by graduates and students) which offers unrivalled, unique opportunities and links with key contacts in the music industry.

See for details of these projects (professional studio releases, running events at the Button Factory, preparing live electronic music shows).
This focus on ‘real world’ projects and professional development is key to success, paving the way for graduates to lead the music industry both nationally and internationally.

Aims and Objectives

  • Develop learners’ technical knowledge of audio production principles and practice, along with the creative, innovative and business skills required in the audio industries.

  • Cultivate learners’ advanced technical and creative abilities for audio recording and production.

  • Equip learners with an understanding of the application of existing and emerging technologies and creative practices within the music industry in order to design and deliver creative products and services.

  • Develop learners’ interpersonal and soft skills, to enable effective communication with colleagues across technical, creative and business backgrounds.

  • Develop learners’ understanding and application of business concepts, project management and marketing in audio production.

  • Develop responsible skills for project planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing others.

  • Facilitate the development of applied skills by the learner that are directly complimentary and relevant to both the workplace and in a production setting.

  • Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner.

  • Provide learners with the academic skills to engage in experimentation, critical analysis and self-learning.


All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Audio Production & Music Project Management programme has the following content.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Learning to Learn

Marketing Essentials and Business Planning

Studio Recording Principles and Techniques

Introduction to Studio Production and Client Project Management

Critical Listening and Fundamental Mixing Skills

Fundamental Acoustics and Psychoacoustics for Production

Electronic Music Composition and Production

Core Modules

Creative Studio Recording and Studio Mixing

Commercial Studio Production and Client Project Management

Applied Software Post Production and Mixing

Sound Reinforcement and Performance Technologies

Practical Composition

Digital Marketing

Creativity in Business

Core Modules

Capstone Project

Event Operations

Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Audio Programming and Game Audio

Elective Modules:

Professional Studio Production

Professional Live Production



Course work is broken down into the following components, some of which are used in each module:

  • Lectures

  • Hands-on small group tutorials

  • Group Discussion

  • Practical analysis and evaluative exercises

  • Case Study

  • Practical skills sessions



Students can look forward to abundant access to studio facilities, both in class time and on project work, as well as real world project experience, examples of which can be seen on our Sound Training Productions website.

Software used on the course includes Pro Tools, Logic and Ableton. See our facilities for hardware and studio equipment. To find out more or to organise a tour of the facilities head over to their contact page at

Online Access

Enrolled students will receive access to Sound Training Online resources.

Key themes


Key themes include:

  • Studio and Recording Techniques

  • Music Technology and Digital audio workstations

  • Live Sound Reinforcement and Production

  • Electronic Music Production

  • Client based Audio Production across mixed media

  • Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

  • Pre-production, Artist Development and all aspects of Client Work

  • Composition

  • Project management

  • Event Operations

  • Digital Marketing and Marketing Essentials

Content is complemented by a vast array of seminars from Industry Professionals, all contributing to the creative and technical development of the student.

Career Opportunities

Audio Production and Music Project Management graduates will be able to pursue
a career as producers, studio engineers, live sound engineers, sound designers, production
assistants, composers and studio managers.

Graduates may also diversify to career opportunities in other areas, such as radio production, promotion and advertising, music journalism or the video game industry.

The Level 8 BA (Hons) in Audio Production and Music Project Management programme has been designed to flow, and follow on from, the Level 6 Higher Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Production and the Level 6 SPA Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Production programmes. This allows students, who progress from the level 6 programme, to deepen, widen and advance their skillset and knowledge.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Audio Production & Music Project Management are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees.

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You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) Audio Production & Music Project Management
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB510
Next Intake: September 2024

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

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