During this programme you will develop your essential skills as a musician and composer through individual practice programmes, group performing, master classes and tutorials. You will also reflect on your current abilities, develop critical awareness of your skills gaps and create a career plan to launch into the music industry. In addition to the fundamentals of music practice you will also:

  • master sound creation and manipulation to become an expert in sound design
  • explore new and exciting methods of synthesis and sampling to use in your work
  • design and build your own performance tools, synthesisers and signal processors in Max for Live
  • push the boundaries of technology manipulation in live performance
  • develop entrepreneurial practices to help you succeed in the music industry

Alongside the technical and creative work you will be developing your personal and business skills which include, event management, online business, budgeting and finance, management, career strategy, project management and PR and marketing event management.

The DJ & Electronic Music Production HND is delivered and validated in partnership with Cornwall College and can be ‘topped up’ to a full honours degree with our BA (Hons) Top Up Year.


Working as a DJ for the last 15 years, Oli Brand has crafted a reputation for blurring boundaries in his sets, moving across genres with little effort and dropping in tracks that simply weren’t on the radar of most other DJs. Working as a record buyer for underground music shops in Bath and Bristol, Oli found inspiration through the endless stream of dedicated music fanatics and the vibrant scene in Bristol.

Find out more about Oli here

Interview with Oli Brand (aka Beaka)


‘Hands on’ is our middle name! Whilst we provide our students with the necessary theoretical foundation they need to support their vocational practice, it is our belief that students should spend most of their time honing their music production craft and getting practical experience on the very best industry standard gear.


This course includes modules on:

Year 1

  • Aural Perception & the Principles of Musical Sound
  • Research & Analysis of Musical Genre
  • Electronic Music Events Management
  • Electronic Music Composition Techniques
  • Studio Recording & Engineering
  • Audio Mastering

Year 2

  • Critical Music Listening
  • Work Related Experience in the Music Industry
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Synthesis & Sampling Techniques
  • Sound System Specification & Operation
  • Live Electronic Music Performance
I can’t fault a single thing...I enjoy learning all the aspects of music not just the creative elements, the science behind it and the business side
— Sam Bowers, Current Student


Former dBs students have gone on to work in a variety of roles within the music industry, some have gone on to be recording artists producing and composing their own work, setting up their own, or working for established, record labels while others have specialised in events and promotion.

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

  • Producer/DJ
  • Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Event Management
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Music Management


A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a higher education qualification equivalent to two years at university. Unlike many degrees, these courses are vocationally focused and therefore can lead straight on to a career. Moreover, they're a great stepping stone up to a higher qualification, as you can choose to 'top up' your HND with an additional year of study to convert it to a full bachelor's degree.

Find out more about our Top Up Year HERE


UCAS Points: 48 Points

Qualifications: AS/A-Levels or relevant level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC National Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP, Access to HE Diplomas.

Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.

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


Applications for this course are through UCAS.

Course Code:  38HW

Institution Code: C78

If you have questions at any stage of the application process, please do get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.



Course fees for 2017/18 £7500 per year

Most students will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of the course, there are also grants and loans available to help cover living costs too.

We understand figuring out student finance can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call. Alternatively visit for information and guidance on completing your application.

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