MUSIC PRODUCTION

COURSE LOCATIONS: BRISTOL | CORNWALL | PLYMOUTH

Whether you have ambitions to be a recording artist, sound engineer or work with sound in films and media this course will appeal to you. It doesn't matter where your current musical interests lie, for instance you could be interested in live bands and theatre, or maybe you are just interested in a wide range of music sources and are intrigued by this exciting industry. Our music production diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Studio Production skills are essential for anyone wanting to record artists in the professional music industry. This course will give you an extensive overview of the recording process, providing you with skills to work effectively in a studio recording environment. You will learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment that can be found in today’s audio industries, from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers and leading software packages including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Native Instruments Komplete.

In addition to recording, you will explore synthesis and sampling techniques, creating a portfolio of synthesiser and sample ‘patches’ and compositions. You will also be knowledgeable in hardware and software synthesis and sampling systems, with the ability to craft specific sounds to order. Another exciting area this course provides is using the skills you will have developed in music production, composition and sound creation and applying them to projects relating to the moving image, such as creating soundtracks, sound effects and atmospheres.

You’ll also develop your personal, business and management skills to give you everything you need to make your mark on the music industry. You will look at how the music industry works and how to get employment in it with a focus on how to market and promote yourself in the music industry.

Upon completion of this Pre-Degree qualification you will also have gained the qualifications necessary to progress on to University-level study.


COURSE OPTION

This course is available in 3 qualification pathways, depending on your age. Please select your age range you will be on the 31st August prior to the course starting in September:

16-17 Yrs

Qualification: 2 Year Level 3 Extended Diploma

Year 1

  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Studio Sound Recording
  • Radio Podcast Production
  • Analogue Synthesis
  • Using Equalisation & Filters
  • Composing Styles & Music Sequencing

Year 2

  • Live Sound Engineering
  • Music Sequencing & Production for Media
  • Studio Sound Mixing
  • Studio Audio Mastering
  • Using Dynamic Processors
  • Composing, Remixing & Production

This qualification is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will earn you the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

Students aged 16-17 years old will be fully funded for the duration of the course.

Please note. Course units may be subject to change

18 Yrs

Qualification: 1 Year Level 3 90-Credit Diploma

Areas you will explore include:

  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Studio Sound Recording
  • Radio Podcast Production
  • Analogue Synthesis
  • Using Equalisation & Filters
  • Composing Styles & Music Sequencing

This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels

Students aged 18 years old will be fully funded for the duration of the course. Upon completion you can progress on to our Access to Higher Education for your 2nd year - check out the 19 years and over dropdown for more information.

Please note. Course units may be subject to change

19 Yrs and over

Qualification: 1 Year Access to HE Diploma

  • Studio Production
  • Music Technology
  • Acoustic in Music Production
  • AV Project
  • Composition & Theory
  • MIDI & Audio Sequencing
  • Researching & understanding opportunities in Higher Education
  • HE Study Skills
  • Creative Presentation
  • Final Project

This intensive 1 year course equips you with all the skills you'll need to take your music production skills to the next level, as well as the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

19+ students are eligble to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover course fees

Please note. Course units may be subject to change
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NO ORDINARY TUTORS

Our staff not only teach music, they live and breathe it. We made it our mission to find the best tutors possible, tutors with real music industry experience and knowledge. Tutors that adapt with our courses to make sure they always teach the most relevant hardware, software and production techniques. At dBs Music our teaching team will not only help you with the skills you need to achieve success in your studies, but they’ll help you network, connect and collaborate, preparing you with an insight to how the real world of the music industry works.

FACILITIES

We all understand how important it is for students to have access to the very latest hardware and software, so at dBs Music it’s always been our mission to buy the very latest kit and make sure that students can book it alongside their studio time. From Mac labs full of the latest music making software during lesson time to MIDI controllers, DJ booths, studios and rehearsal rooms - we are fully kitted out and ready to go whatever course you choose to study! 


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+ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Pre-Degree Level 3 Diplomas

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at 4/C or above and must include either English or Maths. Or an equivalent qualification such as a Level 2 Diploma.

Pre-Degree 19 yrs + Access to HE Diploma

There are no formal entry requirements for the Access to HE Diploma, however; as it is a fast-track to Higher Education option, we do require that you have some experience in music, either as a musician, a producer, a DJ, etc.

If you are unsure if you have the right experience, simply get in touch and we can help guide you.

We also offer introductory short courses aimed at providing you with a foundation in music production, which could provide you with the right level of experience to be accepted

+ FUNDING & COURSE COSTS

16-18 Yrs

All full-time courses are FREE to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to your course starting in September.

19-23 Yrs

If it is your 1st Level 3 qualification then the course will be free.

If you already have a Level 3 qualification you will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

24 Yrs +

Will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.

We understand figuring out course fees 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 you can find out more information on what fee remission you may be entitled to here.

+ QUALIFICATION DETAILS

Our level 3 diplomas are Post-16 vocational qualifications, awarded by RSL Awards. Upon completion you will have achieved a Music Production RSL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners).

The course is run in partnership with Cornwall College.


HOW TO APPLY

To start your application hit the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch.

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