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Degree

Creative Music Production - 3 Year Degree >
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DURATION: 3 Years

FEES: Eligible for “free fees” (see below)

AIM

Creative Music Production is a Degree Programme focused on giving students the tools needed to succeed in the Music and New Media Industries.

The course is taught in the commercial Music Industry environment, allowing students direct access to ‘real world’ facilities.

The course is offered by the Sound Training Centre and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (http://www.iadt.ie); Ireland’s leading creative education institute.

Opportunities exist for graduates to undertake a huge variety of careers in the growing Music and New Media Industries. Graduates also have the opportunity for further study.

Key themes include Sound Engineering, Audio Production, Critical Listening, Creative Audio Programming, Music Theory and Industry Practice.

For more information visit the IADT website contact admissions at IADT, or come to an STC Open Day. The CAO code for the course is DL704.

Cost: The course is eligible for ‘free fees’ and third level grants, see the IADT prospectus and studentfinance.ie for details.

Contact IADT for applications

ENTRY CRITERIA

Students completing the STC Diploma Course may be eligible for advanced entry

Full Time Courses

Sound Engineering and Music Technology – Full Time >
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DURATION: 32 Weeks

FEES: €6,000

START DATE: 22nd September 2014

ACCREDITATION: City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Composition, STC diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Technology, Avid Protools 101 Certification

AIM

Our Sound Engineering and Production programme delivers a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the practices and technologies utilised in the recording industry. This includes modern studio recording practices, analog and software based mixing and processing, composition skills, music business, electronics, acoustic treatment, music technology, sequencing and synthesis.

Students participating in this course will be expected to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Participate in at least 4 professional client-based recording studio projects during term
  • Develop a number of complex musical compositions/productions using studio and computer-based technologies
  • Understand the music business infrastructure (Sectors, Roles, Responsibilities etc.
  • Understand the role of audio in various multi-media settings
  • Develop a professional acumen through experience-based projects - Develop entrepreneurial skills (freelance, publishing, recording contracts etc.)

This is a private course

ENTRY CRITERIA

This course requires a good level of english and basic computer skills before entry. Entry is then determined after an interview has taken place.

FINANCES

Fees include a €1000 deposit which must be paid on application. Discounts are also available on a wide range of equipment for registered STC students

Advanced Sound and Music Technology – Full Time >
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DURATION: 32 weeks

FEES: €6000

START DATE: 29th September 2014

ACCREDITATION: City and Guilds level 3 Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Technology, STC Diploma in Advanced Music Production, Avid Pro Tools 110 Certification

AIM

The Advanced Programme immerses the student in a professional working environment for the full duration of the course. Along with an engaging academic programme, students are given the opportunity to undertake work experience in our two main studios, Apollo and Grouse Lodge, and work with some of the finest artists in the Irish music industry in developing projects such as our recent chatity album. View the Facebook Page

**Students participating in this course will cover topics including:**

- Analogue Recording – NEVE / SSL Consoles - Digital Recording – Protools HD Accel 3 – Procontrol and Control 24 - Live Sound Reinforcement - Advanced Music Technology - Music Business Infrastructure - Logic Audio – Csound - Advanced Music Theory - Unrivalled studio access and development opportunities

This is a private course

ENTRY CRITERIA

Entry to this programme is based on an interview process. At least one years previous experience in the field of sound engineering and music technology is required, along with a good level of english and computer literacy.

FINANCES

Fees include a €1000 deposit which must be paid on application. Discounts are also available on a wide range of equipment for registered STC students

Live Sound, Lighting and Stage Production – Full Time >
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DURATION: 32 Weeks (Monday – Thursday)

FEES: €6000

START DATE: 22nd September 2014

ACCREDITATION: City & Guilds 7603 Level 3 Award, STC Diploma in Live Sound and Stage Production

AIM

The Live Sound programme fully prepares the student to work in all areas of the dynamic and exciting field of live events. We utilise one of Dublin’s finest music venues, the Button Factory, as our primary training facility. Students are instructed in all aspects of a live production from stage management, to front of house sound and on-stage monitoring. Live Sound students regularly run events in the Button Factory and are among the most successful alumni of the college and this is expected to continue long into the future.

**Students participating in this course will cover topics including**

- Front of House Sound - Lighting Systems - Health and Safety - Live Sound Systems and Backline - Stage Production - Employment Opportunities - Recording Skills - Audio Sequencing and Software

This is a private course

ENTRY CRITERIA

This course requires a good level of english and basic computer skills before entry. Entry is then determined after an interview has taken place.

FINANCES

Fees include a €1000 deposit which must be paid on application. Discounts are also available on a wide range of equipment for registered STC students

Part Time Courses

Sound and Music Technology – Part Time >
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DURATION: 31 Weeks (2 eves per week)

FEES: €3000 per annum

START DATE: 29th September 2014

ACCREDITATION: Year 1 - Sound Training Centre – Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Technology. - City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Composition Year 2 - Sound Training Centre – Diploma in Advanced Sound Engineering and Music Technology. - City and Guilds Level 3 diploma in Sound Engineering.

AIM

The Sound Training Centre has developed a new part-time sound and music technology course in conjunction with leading recording studios and industry professionals. This is a two-year programme with a City and Guilds certificate in the first year, moving onto a higher qualification in second year. The course focuses on all aspects of music production and covers an intense range of topics. It is designed to uncover novice to advanced concepts within a creative environment. The programme is based on continuous assessment centred on “hands on” projects.

**The aim of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to the following areas:**

- Sound Engineering Practices - Music Theory - Music Production - ProTools Systems - Audio Theory and Principles - Music Technology - Reason - Logic Audio - Sound Design - Synthesis/ Music Programming - Advanced Audio Editing - Remixing - Aural Analysis - Session/ Project Management - Midi Systems

This is a private course

ENTRY CRITERIA

This course requires a good level of english and basic computer skills before entry. Entry is then determined after an interview has taken place.

FINANCES

Fees include a €1000 deposit each year which must be paid on application. Discounts are also available on a wide range of equipment for registered STC students

Live Sound - Part Time >
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DURATION: 31 weeks

FEES: €3000

START DATE: 29th September 2014

AIM

Sound Training Centre is offering a new programme developed from a condensed version our hugely successful Live Sound Lighting and Stage Production Course, on a part time basis.

The course will cover

- Live Sound Theory and Practical (In lab environments and the Button Factory venue)

- Lighting theory and Practical (In lab environments and the Button Factory venue)

- Computer Music Theory and Practical (In labs and recording studio)

The course will give opportunity for work experience to participants with a heavy emphasis on learning in a practical working venue.

This is a private course

Discounts are also available on a wide range of equipment for registered STC students

Evening Courses

Practical Electronics for Musicians (FETAC Accredited) >
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DURATION: 12 weeks

FEES: €1000

START DATE: Tuesday 30th September

ACCREDITATION: Fetac Accredited

AIM

This exciting course introducing the world of electronics, geared towards musicians and audio professionals, gives students the skills to design, build and repair their own audio electronics.  All aspects of electronic project building and maintenance, including circuit design, component sourcing, circuit building, testing & debugging, project mounting and packaging, and circuit / loudspeaker enclosure construction are delivered in a comprehensive training programme. 

The course offers a FETAC leave 5 minor award in Electronics (5N1606)

Places are limited so early application is recommended.

The course runs Tuesday nights from 7-10 p.m.

End Date: Tuesday 16th December

This is a private course

Ableton Live: Certified Beginner and Intermediate Course with Martin Clancy >
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DURATION: 15 weeks

FEES: €1000

START DATE: 6th October 2014

ACCREDITATION: Official Ableton Certification

AIM

The Beginner and Intermediate Course delivered by Martin Clancy course covers the Ableton essentials for both those starting out and those looking to brush up on their skill.

The course runs Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m.

Content includes:

  • Ableton essentials
  • Editing
  • Triggering
  • Arranging
  • Key Mapping
  • Song Structure
  • Music Composition
  • Creating and Configuring MIDI clips
  • Creative Composition
  • Recording Audio
  • Audio Processing
  • Creating Music and Beats
  • Sampling and Synthesis
  • Mastering
  • Effects

And much more!

Ableton Live as a professional audio engineering DAW is the foundation of this course

Students receive an official ableton certification at the end of the course

Places are limited so early application is recommended.

This is a private course

Ableton Live: Certified Advanced Course with Martin Clancy >
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DURATION: 15 weeks

FEES: €1000

START DATE: 7th October 2014

AIM

The emphasis of the advanced Ableton course is on practical work opportunities through knowledge of Ableton Live. Students will be actively encouraged to develop their own unique approach to the software (composition/production or live performance) while gaining additional confidence in ancillary subjects.

Content Includes:

  • Advanced MIDI
  • Live Performance with Looper and Ableton Effects
  • Professional Mixing 
  • Using External Controllers(iPad, Wii, Launch Pads)
  • Max for Live
  • Advanced Envelope Editing
  • Building Unique FX tracks
  • Creative Composition
  • Remixing
  • Sound Design
  • Serato

And much more!

Students receiving a distinction in their exams on this course, an international remix opportunity will be provided.

This course is supported by a dedicated email support line.

This is a private course

DJ and Production – Part Time >
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DURATION: 15 weeks

FEES: €1000

START DATE: Thursday 2nd October 2014

ACCREDITATION: Sound Training Centre Certificate.

AIM

This Course is designed to meet the needs of aspiring DJ’s and Producers. The course is aimed at the beginner and covers a wide range of content including the following:

This course will be delivered by industry recognised professionals and will mainly be delivered in a ‘Hands-on’ workshop environment.

Please contact the Sound Training Centre for later course start dates.

This is a private course

ENTRY CRITERIA

This course requires a good level of english and basic computer skills.

FINANCES

Course Deposit: €300 (made payable on application)

Short Courses

Introduction to Recording Weekend >
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DURATION: 2 days

FEES: €250

START DATE: Ongoing

AIM

Sound Training Centre is offering a new “Introduction to recording” weekend course. Over two days our aim is to look at ways of improving your recording skills as well as introduce you to more advanced techniques and equipment. The course will be taught in Elektra studios and the world class Apollo Studios.

**Our course will cover:**

- Hardware and software overviews - Studio Set-up - Microphone Techniques - Editing - Mixing Techniques

As well as covering all of these topics we will provide one on one time to help each participant improve their specific recording and mixing situations. As part of this we provide after class assistance.

We will be limiting each course to a maximum of 8 students to maximise one on one time.

This is a private course

FINANCES

Course price €250 (refundable against future full or part time diploma courses)

Sound Engineering Summer Camp for Teens >
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DURATION: 1 week / 2 weeks - Monday-Friday 10-3pm

FEES: €250 (1 week) / €400 (2 week)

START DATE: Courses begin June 2015

ACCREDITATION: Completion Certificate & Final Track Mix!!

AIM

SUMMER SOUNDS!!

This is an exciting new addition to our courses.

For all the budding music producers and sound engineers out there, here is your chance to spend a week or two in our amazing studios and music production suites.

During your time with us you will get an introduction to music production and sound engineering and will also record a band during the week, leaving at the end with a finished mix of your own!

This course is geared towards secondary school students.

This is a private course