Music Production Diploma

Overview

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels, and develops aspiring music producers by focusing on studio technique, software skills, songwriting methods, understanding musical styles and arrangements, ear training, music business and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, ultimately building your confidence of success as a creative in the music industry.

You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other producers, aspiring musicians, engineers and entrepreneurs, guided by industry professionals that teach to the highest standards and a guest programme of prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards a life in music.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL qualification with the potential for you to gain 168 UCAS points at Distinction*, providing you with a strong stepping stone into Higher Education. The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skills and shape you into a high-level producer that controls your own career path. UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for free funding (subject to academic requirements).

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a music professional, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

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Year 1

Please note: module names and structure may change during the validation process.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

  • Production

    A music producer holistically directs the creative music process from initial idea, through development, recording and processing through to mixing and mastering the final product. In this session, you will study the art of what it is to be a Music Producer.

  • Compositional Styles

    In this session, you’ll learn about the compositional and contextual elements of a wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own song-writing practice.

  • Studio Techniques

    The modern Producer utilises the studio as a compositional, technical and creative tool. In this session, you will learn sound engineering skills and techniques to help support and realise your creative ambitions.

  • Sound Theory

    Sound Theory looks at the language and mechanics of sound giving our learners the tools to create their own sonic signatures as well as the appropriate vocabulary to communicate and lead effectively in any professional music environment. In year one learners focus on analogue synthesis.

  • Music for Media

    Creating music for media applications such as film, radio and social media has very much become a growth area. Through working to vocational briefs learners develop the skills to work effectively in these expanding creative markets.

  • Ear Training

    Ear training is not just about honing your aural perception skills, but also about helping you to understand how you personally engage with sound. This technical and contextual understanding will support your music production skills, as well as give you an understanding of your own musical creativity, and how to successfully navigate that as a Producer.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    In order to achieve both creative and professional goals, today’s modern musician needs a holistic understanding of the world of music. In Music Industry Career Development, you will look at an overview of today’s musical landscape, mapping revenue flow and plotting a bespoke path for you, relevant to your own goals and targets.

Year 2

Please note: module names and structure may change during the validation process.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

  • Production

    In second year Production, you will continue to develop your skill set as a music project lead relevant to your aims and goals as a Music Producer.

  • Composition & Repertoire

    Composition and Repertoire is where you will create, develop and finish your musical works, perfecting and polishing, ready to drop.

  • Studio Techniques

    In second year Studio Techniques, you will further develop your studio skills developed in year 1. You will plan, produce and engineer a studio recording session.

  • Sound Theory

    Sound Theory looks at the language and mechanics of sound giving our learners the tools to create their own sonic signatures as well as the appropriate vocabulary to communicate and lead effectively in any professional music environment. In year two learners focus on digital synthesis.

  • Research & Investigation

    This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation critically analysing an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic skills that will help you for higher academic studies.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    This year’s class builds on your existing knowledge from year one, where you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

  • Music in Context

    Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music and society. In it you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential artists and the impacts they’ve had on music, technology, politics and civil rights.

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

After this course:

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as producer, DJ, sound engineer, film and television composer, and computer music designer, or they can continue their study with a BA (Hons) Music Production at BIMM Birmingham.

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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an audition and/or assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form.

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International students

We’re proud to welcome students from all around the world. Our dedicated International Team is on hand to help with applications, visas, accommodation, settling in and much more.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
2 years
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM Birmingham
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Technology Pathway)
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury with Moby and playing drums in the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘Nine’, to performing for The Queen and being a vocal coach on the Russian version of The X Factor, our BIMM Birmingham tutors have done it all. Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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Making it in music:

Success Stories

Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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