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CIT Cork School of Music

CIT Cork School of Music, which is a constituent college of CIT, offers a complete education in music including first, second, undergraduate (third) level and postgraduate.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 8.30am -10pm
Saturdays 9am – 5.30pm
Most Sundays 10am - 5pm

CAO Courses
The School provides seven full-time, four year CAO Honours Degrees. The below links provide detailed course information, and sample Entrance Test papers (with audio-tracks).

  1. CR121 Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  2. CR700  Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies
  3. CR125 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Electric Bass Guitar
  4. CR126 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Drums
  5. CR127 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Electric Guitar
  6. CR128 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Keyboards
  7. CR129 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Voice

Postgraduate Programmes

  1. MA in Music & Technology
  2. MSc in Music & Technology
  3. MA in Music Performance, or Composition, or Conducting

A taught Masters of Arts in Music (one year full-time or two years part-time) has research students studying for MA and PhD degrees.

CIT Cork School of Music has many award-winning bands, chamber music ensembles, choirs, drama groups, opera groups, and orchestras - with the senior ones undertaking extensive national and international tours, broadcasting, and making commercial recordings.

Located within the centre of Cork City overlooking the River Lee, this five story 12,000 sq.m., building functions as a centre of musical excellence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Central to the architect’s concept are the themes of ‘collegiality’ balanced with the requirements of speechless teaching.

The school accommodates music tuition studios; a 450 seat rehearsal hall; ‘black box’ theatre; staff and student common rooms; music library; live recording suite with ProTools HD; AudioLab; drama suite; staff boardrooms; administrative offices; flat floor classrooms and raked lecture theatres. All rooms contain at least one computer unit, while others contain 20.

The heart of the building is a public concourse that connects the teaching, performance and administrative spaces. The school is built on the grounds of the old school and has been specifically developed for the site taking consideration of its urban context and to make a dramatic contribution to the urban realm of Cork City.

Many of the spaces utilise ‘box within box’ construction. The design detailing isolates the floating floors, walls, ceilings, services and acoustic glazing, from the primary masonry structure.


Physical Resources

Computer laboratories

There are two labs available to students in addition to the Fleischmann Library. The Fleischmann Library has 60 desks with power sockets adjacent for ease of use of notebook computers. The Fleischmann Library will have wireless internet access and students can apply for a usable IP address.

Creative Arts Spaces

In addition to the labs and the 40 teaching / practice rooms, the CSM also has an Electronic Music Centre and a state-of-the-art Recording facility.

Classroom space

The schools has two dedicated lecture theatres with further six classrooms. In addition there are 40 individual teaching rooms.

Library Resource

The Fleischmann Library is the premier music library in the south, boasting thousands of CDs and books. The Library itself also has full daylight as its walls are glass providing a very positive environment for study.

Performance Space / Exhibition Space

The CSM has two main performance spaces both with full lighting and speaker arrays. The 450-seater Curtis Auditorium as well as the “black box” style Stack Theatre. In addition the main concourse and Doolan room can be used a performance spaces.The CSM provides the internationally-renowned staff of Ireland's largest conservatory of music and drama with the very best of facilities to ensure that many more students are able to pursue their studies.


Directions to the CIT Cork School of Music

There is parking all along Union Quay and a large public car-park is available nearby at Cork City Hall. If you approach Cork via the Jack Lynch Tunnel, follow the signs for the South Link Road/City Centre - the City Hall car park is on your left as you come to the end of the South Link Road and Union Quay is only a couple of minutes walk from here.




Dr Geoffrey Spratt
CIT Cork School of Music
Union Quay
T: +353 (0)21 480 7307


Ms Noranne Elliott
CIT Cork School of Music
Union Quay
T: +353 (0)21 480 7307