Field of Study
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CIT CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however, applications will be accepted up to 1st May.
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
score the necessary CAO points
meet the minimum entry requirements
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate Examination
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. One of the subjects must be English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.
Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
All applicants must sit the CSM’s BA (Honours) in Popular Music Degree Course Entrance Test (provisional dates: Thursday to Saturday, 15th - 18th April 2021).
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Exam is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are added to the Leaving Certificate points for the purpose of determining entry. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.
NB: Candidates are NOT allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam from one year to the next.
Applicants will be required to prepare two contrasting pieces of music; undergo an interview; and sit a written assessment paper. Please CLICK HERE to download sample paper.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subject is Music, though not mandatory.
Popular Music is the music heard around the clock on radio, TV, in the theatres, clubs and venues all around the country. We use it to encompass all of the sub genres: rock, country, soul, blues, commercial, modern musical theatre, electronic music, dance music, and so on. This programme of study offers five streams of study, Electric Bass Guitar or Drums or Electric Guitar or Keyboards or Voice.
MTU Cork School of Music
For information on Fees/Student Grants and Financial Assistance, please click here.
MTU Cork School of Music website
Popular Music is the music heard around the clock on radio, TV; in the theatres, clubs and venues all around the country. We use it to encompass all of the sub genres: rock, country, soul, blues, commercial, modern musical theatre, electronic music, dance music and so on.
CAO Code CR 125: this programme of study offers five streams of study; Electric Bass Guitar or Drums or Electric Guitar or Keyboards or Voice.
About the Course
CR125 Course Location: MTU Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.
Each student is assigned a matched group of peers to form a small popular ensemble, this becomes the centre of the learning experience. Lectures, classes, and music technology labs provide supporting skills to the core training in performance.
- Ensembles – everything from rock, pop, hip hop, blues, soul, metal, jazz, salsa, disco, electronica, funk, ska, reggae, etc.;
- Musicianship and Harmony – play by ear, harmonise, notate your favourite songs and solos;
- Music Technology – live sound and PA, studio engineering, computer-based music applications including ProTools and Logic Studio;
- Song Writing – mentored guidance and practical experience in realising your own composition;
- Arranging and Musical Direction – coordinate, arrange for, and direct a group of your musical peers.
Additionally, BAPM students will have the opportunity to devise and develop personal live and recorded music projects. Along with their BMus counterparts, BAPM students will be introduced to Community Music and Music Therapy as potential pathways. Students will also have access to specialist modules embracing arts marketing, professional promotion, and business for artist practitioners and career development.
Due to our colocation with our sister courses, the BMus, BA in Theatre & Drama Studies, and the new BA in Musical Theatre you will have an unparallelled access to a wide variety of elective modules, particularly in years 3 and 4. These range from Classical Instruments, bass, orchestral percussion, classical guitar, to Songwriting, Composition, Arranging, Conducting, Dance, Irish Traditional Music, Lighting Design, Music Therapy, and Education
For details, see http://csm.cit.ie
Suitably qualified graduates may apply either to undertake research (leading to the award of an MA and/or PhD), or to follow a Taught Master’s programme in
Are there any other special requirements?
Yes, there are Early Application Procedures. This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CSM’s BA (Honours) in Popular Music Degree Course Entrance Test. The provisional dates for the Entrance Test are Thursday to Saturday, 15th - 17th April 2021. Please note that Auditions will take place in April - online - for those who have applied through the CAO by the 1st February deadline.
Is there a late application facility?
CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however applications will be accepted up to 1st May.
Are sample exam papers available?
Yes. All CAO applicants receive a copy. However, you can also request one by post from the CSM’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.
Are there any Scholarships available?
An entrance scholarship of €1,000 will be awarded to the first year BAPM entrant with the highest overall points (Leaving Certificate and MTU CSM exam combined).
Can I defer the results of my Entrance Exam from one year to the next?
No. Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam.
MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.
For detailed module information, please click here.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Musician in a band
- Music teaching
- Singer songwriter
- Sound technician
- Session/Pit Musician
- Film, Video and TV scoring
Graduates go into the industry as performers, writers, producers, teachers and administrators, strongly equipped to develop their own entrepreneurship and freelance employment opportunities. Graduates will be able to compete in the busy world of commercial music in Ireland, for recording contracts, gigs in clubs and concert halls, TV and stage shows, corporate entertainment, and the fertile melting pot that is the Irish singer-songwriter circuit. Synergies with the classical, jazz and traditional musicians on the BMus course will open creative doors and career opportunities such as those fostered in the famous performing arts schools and colleges of the UK and the USA.
There are many employment opportunities for popular music graduates apart from the obvious one of performing. Composition, music for multimedia, songwriting, playing in recording sessions, in theatrical productions, and TV. Outside of this field is the associated area of promotion, festival and arts administration, and the business side of the industry.
However, taking an Honours Degree in popular music does not mean that a graduate is restricted to a music driven career for the rest of their life. In addition, a growing number of employers outside the specific music business favour music graduates because of the combination of intellectual training, digital skills, interpersonal sensitivity and greatly enhanced general response rates represented by a musical training.
CAO 1st Round:
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are added to the Leaving Certificate points for the purpose of determining entry. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.)
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