BEng in Musical and Sound Engineering

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Level 7 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 8,000 / year

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Have you thought about a career in the music industry? Athlone Institute of Technology exclusively offers an industry-focused program featuring sound engineering, instrument technology, imaging, and professional development to create the unique Bachelor of Music and Sound Engineering, Level 7 (MASE).

As a MASE student, you will be involved in a wide range of industry-specific assignments and practical work covering all aspects of sound engineering, craft and instrument design and other creative studies that are all necessary for the creative industry. . This diversity is intended to provide course graduates with a variety of skills and the flexibility required to work within a highly competitive and creative industry, and by the end of the course, you will have assembled an impressive portfolio of industry-related jobs to carry forward. his career.

Being a musician is not a prerequisite for the course, so MASE is suitable for all candidates. Various creative modules are offered covering everything from sound engineering to radio and sound broadcast production for film and television and video and animation development, to job placement and communications modules that unlock the basic principles needed to create your own career. successful.

In this course you can:

  • Work with industry standard software, computer and studio, and live audio equipment in a variety of dynamic hands-on assignments.
  • Collaborate with marketing, design, and animation students, as well as research and work with original musical acts and cover groups.
  • Make a cajon drum, mandolin, electric guitar and acoustic guitar from raw materials in the wood workshop.
  • Become familiar with the basic professional development concepts needed to work in the public or private sector.

Career opportunities

Working within a creative and highly competitive industry, such as music and sound engineering, requires graduates to have a highly motivated attitude and most likely have a mixed income portfolio – that is, having different sources of income from different jobs within of the industry. It is not an industry that is looking for qualified people, but it is the individual who must look for the opportunity. It is the drive and determination to identify and seize these opportunities that the MASE course aims to instill in all graduates.

At the end of the course, you will have experienced the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to be able to apply to the following positions:

  • Assistant recording studio sound engineer
  • Assistant Live Sound Engineer
  • Assistant broadcast sound engineer for radio and TV
  • Foley Artist
  • Audiovisual technician
  • Video Game Audio Technician
  • Multimedia sound designer
  • Instrument construction and maintenance technician
  • Music Entrepreneur
  • Acoustics assistant
  • Event coordinator

Program structure

You will be introduced to the basics of working with computer-based sound engineering, live sound engineering, woodworking, and instrument making, and the importance of working with audio and visuals in a creative industry. Year 1 modules include:

  • Sound engineering 1
  • Instrument technology 1
  • Music appreciation
  • Music and production
  • Music Marketing
  • Video development and animation
  • Learning and development for higher education

This year builds on the basics of year 1. As a year 2 student, you will be able to hone your studio sound engineering skills with open access to the AIT recording studio to complete project work, you will continue to make instruments from your raw materials and learn more about business concepts, particularly entrepreneurship, which is a critical skill for working in an industry as competitive as music. Year 2 modules include:

  • Sound engineering 2
  • Instrument technology 2
  • Digital audio

Over the course of the third year, students will be introduced to new topics such as radio, video game audio, and room acoustics, and as a third-year student, you will become involved with a real industry work environment during the first semester when you leave in practices.

Third year modules include:

  • Sound engineering 3
  • Acoustic technology
  • Music technology
  • Creation of images and moving image
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Job placement

Admission requirements

Students applying to enter undergraduate or graduate programs must provide the following information directly to the International Office, Athlone Institute of Technology on or before May 1 for programs beginning in September:

  • Complete AIT application form
  • Detailed CV
  • Certified transcripts of test results and English translations of grades not issued in English
  • Evidence of ability to follow classes in the English language (which must satisfy the entrance requirements to the Institute for the following programs)
      • Basic level program: Certificate in English for studies


    • : Minimum IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.
    • Pre-session summer program in English from June to August: minimum IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
    • Undergraduate programs: Minimum IELTS 5.5 without Band less than 5.0.
    • Postgraduate programs: Minimum IELTS 6.0 without Band less than 5.5 *

* Please note that some graduate programs require a minimum of IELTS 6.5.

  • Letter of recommendation from the corresponding department head of the institution itself
  • Any other relevant information about qualifications or previous work experience.

For this program:

  • Grade O6 at the ordinary level in five subjects on the Leaving Certificate exam. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and one language (English or Irish).

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