ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

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3 YEAR BA (HONS) DEGREE

COURSE LOCATIONS: BRISTOL & PLYMOUTH

Now accepting applications for September 2018

UCAS CODES Course Code: 7C3R Institution Code: P63

An innovative, industry focused degree that explores the skills needed to create, produce and perform high quality electronic music. At its core, this Electronic Music Production degree covers both essential and advanced composition and production techniques. During the 3 years, you will explore new and exciting methods of sound creation and manipulation using industry standard software, such as Logic Pro 10 and Ableton.  Experiment with DJ and live electronic performance technologies and develop your own performance tools, synthesizers and signal processors, as well as refining your skills in processing, sampling, mixing and mastering.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

For those with a curiosity and passion for electronic sound and music, our Electronic Music Production Degree will challenge your perception and deepen your understanding of sound manipulation, sound design, composition, sequencing, recording, mixing, mastering and analysis. You will explore new ways of delivering your music, incorporating the latest computer-based performance technologies and gain In-depth technical knowledge combined with creative and critical thinking will give you the freedom to define your artistic aesthetic whilst studying within a diverse community of electronic sound designers, composers, producers and performers.

You will gain significant insight into a wide variety of electronic music production techniques and methodologies. Using these lessons, you will be encouraged to incorporate the techniques into your own practice and modify them to develop your own unique method of working and personal style. The wide range of disciplines involved in electronic music production will allow you to progress towards potential careers in composition, sound design, production, recording, engineering, live performance, music for visual media, music journalism and sonic arts practice.

In addition, to prepare you for a career in the music industries, the course focuses on current revenue streams and contemporary developments in this area, along with idea generation, workflow and project management skills, which enable you to be productive with their skills. Through our extensive Guest Lecture Programme there will be various opportunities to meet and learn from industry professionals including practitioners from creative, technical and professional specialisms.


COURSE BREAKDOWN

+ YEAR 1

Specialist Workshops:

  • Scales, Arpeggios & Rhythm
  • Arrangement & Structure
  • Sampling & Synthesis
  • Effects Processing
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

Modules:

  • Audio Recording
  • Music Production Principles
  • Music Production Analysis
  • Industry & Development
  • Technical Exploration
  • Technical Enhancement

+ YEAR 2

Specialist Workshops:

  • Advanced Sampling & Synthesis
  • Advanced Effects Processing
  • Hardware Production
  • Mastering (Hardware)
  • Audio Programming
  • Electroacoustic Composition

Modules:

  • Hardware Production
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Sound Creation
  • Project Evolution
  • Research & Define

+ YEAR 3

Modules:

  • Innovation in Production
  • Product Design
  • Product Delivery
  • Honours Project

+ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many hours a week will I have lectures?

On average you will be timetabled for 12-15hrs per week of lecutures, of this on average 8 hrs per week are practical sessions.

What's the average class size?

Most sessions are groups of no more than 16, however some theory based lecures may be in larger groups.

How much one to one time will I have?

You will received 1-2 hrs per week of tutorial sessions with either your course leader or module leaders. Plus our team of technicians are also on hand for any studio/production based queries you have.

How much studio time will I get?

In addition to your practical timetabled sessions, students are guaranteed a minimum of 3 hrs per week of bookable studio time.

What experience do I need for this course?

In addition to the academic entry requirements of the course which can be found at the bottom of this page we are also looking for:

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Experience with Digital Audio Workstations - using any appropriate software programme.
  • A basic understanding of Ableton Live.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A passion for electronic music.
  • Excellent time management skills.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • A basic knowledge of Mac OSX / Windows operating systems.
  • Ability to function as part of a team, particularly in a creative environment.
  • A basic understanding of synthesis and sampling.
  • Created a number of finished electronic music tracks.

AMAZING FACILITIES

All dBs centres are based on the principals of providing the very best, knowledgeable tutors along with superb facilities and plenty of bookable time to our students. You'll have access to fully equipped studios, live rooms, Foley & surround sound studios and dedicated listening suites. Whether it’s our classic analogue mixing desks; extensive microphone collection, latest plugins; MIDI controllers including Ableton Push suites, or our mountain of synths and effects - you are guaranteed to get hands-on practical experience on the very best gear.

INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS

You will learn from tutors who are actively working in the industry: producers, composers, sound engineers and musicians.

The course also benefits from our extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected producers, specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies to record label and marketing/promotion experts.
 

REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE

Throughout the course, there are multiple opportunities for you to gain real world experience including:

Performance and event management opportunities at multiple local venues and internationally with the chance to perform in Berlin.

Opportunities to pitch for paid projects with production companies and other clients.

Technician internships.


WHERE CAN I STUDY?


HOW TO APPLY

Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students.  For advice on the application process or for more course details contact us here

Alternatively you can start your initial application by hitting the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch

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THE OFFICIAL STUFF

+ CAREER POTENTIAL

As a graduate of the BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree, you will be on your way to building a career as an electronic music producer or performer. Plus, you will have acquired such a powerful skill set, enabling you to work across the music industry in a diverse range of roles.

Former dBs students have gone on to be successful recording artists, producers, engineers and label owners. Others have started working for established record labels, specialised in music for film, moved into teaching or into the manufacturing side of the industry.

Some of the potential roles this type of training can lead to:

  • Producer
  • Musician
  • Electronic Music Performer
  • Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Music Management

+ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

UCAS Points: 112 Points from:

  • A-levels
  • Level 3 Diplomas
  • Or an equivelent qualification
  • If applying from outside the UK please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications.

Check the UCAS tariff tables to see how many points you have.

UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language at C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualfication such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language must have:

  • IELTS, minimum of 6.0 in each category (within the last 2 years) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not hold the minimum entry requirements but can demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation you will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further details. You may also be interested in our lower entry degrees, the FdA Music & Audio Technology or HND DJ & Electronic Music Production . If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our Access to HE:Music Production Diploma.

+ COURSE FEES & STUDENT FINANCE

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

Students on this course are also official students of the University of St Mark & St John, our validating university, and can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course. There are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand that figuring out student finance can be a bit of a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call on 0333 344 5536.

Alternatively, visit gov.uk/student-finance for information and guidance on completing your application.


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