2 YEARS - FdA (Foundation in Arts Degree)

UCAS CODES Course Code: MAAT Institution Code: P63


This exciting degree course spans not only musical areas such as traditional music production and contemporary electronic music creation but also delves into sound design. This broad but thorough course will allow you to develop modern skills in all areas of music and audio technology, with the option to specialise in an area of your choice in the second year. 

You’ll have access to a wide range of professional standard sound and music production equipment, which features not only established studio and recording environments but also electronic music and sound design labs, which include modern and classic sound production tools and software.

While no less rigorous than a BA (Hons) pathway, the FdA Degree is more vocational, with most assignments written to either reflect industry practice or enable you to build a professional portfolio of work. You can also top it up to a full BA (Hons) with one further year of full-time study.


  • Studio Production Techniques
  • Research in Audio Production
  • Sonic Production
  • Audio Mechanisms
  • Sound Design
  • Sound for Screen


  • Sound & Music Mastering
  • Professional Development
  • Audio & Music Mixing
  • Research Project
  • Sound & Music in Performance
  • Advanced Music Production or Advance Sound for Media (Option Modules).


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.


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.


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.



Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students. To help you through this process we’ve put together a useful Guide to Applying Through UCAS

For further advice on the application process or for more course details contact our Admissions Team 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


How many hours a week will I have lectures?

On average you will be timetabled for 10-12hrs 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

  • Basic knowledge of music technology including: recording studio operation, DAW production on computers, synthesiser programming and some music.
  • The ability to write essays and use word processing software.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A passion for producing 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.
  • An understanding of acoustics.
  • Knowledge of music theory would also be an advantage.


Just like all dBs Music degree programmes this course will really help you carve out a satisfying career in the music industry. Former students have gone on to work at leading studios like Abbey Road, some have set up their own commercial studios, many produce and compose their own work.

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

  • Producer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Musician/Recording Artist
  • Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Management
  • Studio Owner
  • Record Label Owner


This course is for the incredibly focused and ambitious student who wants to enter the industry at the highest level.

UCAS Points: 64-72

Applicants also must have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above. Other similar qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.

If you fall short of these qualifications you might want to consider our ACCESS TO HE course.


The tuition fees for the 2019/2020 academic year:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,500 per year

Students on this course are also official students of the Plymouth Marjon University, 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 for information and guidance on completing your application.