01.23.23 Micro Credential in Spatial Audio

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Course Title: Spatial Audio

Commences: Week Commencing January 23rd, 2023
Duration: 12 weeks – Accredited
Cost Per Participant: €1050 (€1500 without IMTSkillnet Subsidy)
Max Participants: 5
Venue: Classroom Based – TCD

Course Coordinator:  Dr. Enda Bates – ebates@tcd.ie
Course Director: Dr. Enda Bates

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Micro-credentials are a new and exciting academic offering. They are short, accredited learning experiences that facilitate flexible and innovative professional development and lifelong learning.

Why should I take this micro-credential?

This micro-credential will allow audio practitioners to upskill to new audio formats and standards used in media such as VR, AR, and 360 video, and new spatial audio streaming formats such as Dolby Atmos, recently adopted by streaming media platforms such as Apple Music, Netflix, among others.

This course will utilise spatial audio recording and analysis techniques for acoustic engineering and analysis. It will include the theory and practice of various spatial audio techniques, using both lecture style presentations, listening sessions with various spatial audio content, and practical, studio-based tutorials.
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The credit value of this micro-credential is 5 ECTS. The European Credit Transfer System is a commonly used credit system, recognised by Trinity College Dublin and by awarding bodies across the EU and in some other countries.

Your learning in this micro-credential will be assessed using authentic assessment that is directly related to your industry.
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In this micro-credential you will attend weekly 2-hour lectures. These will be classroom based due to the significant practical component involving spatial audio loudspeaker systems, microphones, and other tools and software.

The lectures will include the theory and practice of various spatial audio techniques, using both lecture style presentations, listening sessions with various spatial audio content, and practical, studio-based tutorials.

The lecture component of this micro-credential will occupy a single 2-hour slot, once a week for the 12 weeks of the autumn semester and is therefore relatively accessible for industry and professional staff participation.

It will be assessed through two practical assignments, and one in-class MCQ test in Week 8 of the course. The first assignment is in the first half of the course and concentrates on binaural audio. The second, larger assignment is due c. 2 weeks after the final lecture and students can select one of three projects.

• Option A: 5.1 Location Music Recording

Object: Produce a location music recording for 5.1 using various multichannel microphone techniques.

• Option B: Spatial Music Composition

Object: Compose an original work of spatial music for 7.1 using Higher Order Ambisonics, B-format recordings, Stereophony and Parameter Modulation in Reaper.

• Option C: Acoustics Survey and FOA IR capture

Object: Perform an on location acoustic survey using monophonic and first order Ambisonic (FOA) microphones and prepare FOA spatial IRs and example binaural audio files.

What Are The Prerequisites?

  • Experience with the fundamentals of audio production and recording using DAWs is a pre-requisite for this micro-credential. Some basic experience with the DAW Reaper is also desirable, but not required.
  • 2.1 grade in a level 8 degree in Engineering, Music/Media Technology, Music, or cognate disciplines; CV

How do I Apply?
Click here to find out more and apply for this micro-credential, or you can email micro-credentials@tcd.ie or book a call with Trinity personnel.
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If you are a Republic of Ireland resident and a company employee or a sole trader or freelancer, then you may qualify for the Immersive Technologies Skillnet talent development and upskilling subsidy.

Fill out this application form.

If you secure a place on the course via the Trinity application process, then you will be contacted by Immersive Technologies Skillnet to register with us and pay before 31st December 2022 to secure a place.

Payments can be made either through a secure Paypal link or via Company invoice.
Please choose your payment method on the subsidy application form above.

Closing Date: 12th December 2022
Course Application: via TCD


  • Spatial Audio
    23rd January 2023 - 31st March 2023
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venue Phone: +353 1 896 1000
Venue Website:

Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin, Leinster, D2