Diploma in Events and Sound Production


This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is designed to develop your sound production skills and event management knowledge over a variety of modules. You’ll learn how to stage your own events and gigs and record and produce music on stage and in a studio, giving you a rounded experience of how to get music out to an audience through all the channels used today.

You’ll develop essential live music skills to a semi-professional level, including front of house and monitor live sound mixing, backline technician support, tour management and live recording.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel enthusiastic about, collaborating creatively with fellow aspiring musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, and connecting with the industry. As a BIMM student, many exciting ‘money can’t buy’ networking opportunities will come your way, such as end-of-term gig performances, Masterclasses with global musicians and many more.

You’ll be guided by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards your future career or study goals. All in all, it’s a practical and vocational course which will give you a holistic understanding of the live music industry and the way it operates.

The diploma is a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career or continuing with study in the form of a music degree at BIMM, such as BA (Hons) Music Production or BA (Hons) Event Management.

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 live 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

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Live Sound Production

    This lesson covers all areas of live sound production, from monitor engineering skills to mic selection and placement. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice using a full range of professional equipment.

  • Live Event Management

    Live events are one of the most diverse and exciting aspects of the music industry and in this lesson you’ll learn how to plan and run your own shows. You’ll be shown how to organise, budget, promote and manage events, and given valuable experience so you’re able to go out and do this for yourself should you wish.

  • Live Sound Theory

    You’ll develop the skills needed to analyse and understand live sound. This unit will link closely to your ear training lesson, and together they underpin the practical skills that you’ll be developing in your Live Sound Production lesson.

  • Music Sequencing and Production

    This lesson equips you with the knowledge of how to record and produce music. Using the latest software you’ll be given the chance to take recorded sound and produce a musical product.

  • Studio Skills

    The studio is very different to the stage, and with it comes a whole new set of skills. This is the lesson where you’ll learn how to set up and record in the studio.

  • Ear Training and Mixing

    Ear training is where you’ll develop your theoretical knowledge and listening skills. This will equip you with the tools you need to break down and analyse music, to better assist in your production and mixing.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    It’s important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in the music industry than your discipline alone. In this lesson you’ll learn all about the music industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the music industry.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Live Sound

    Building upon your studio recording knowledge from last year, you’ll now work on your mixing and production skills.

  • Live Recording Theory

    You’ll focus heavily on the theories and techniques behind live recording. This lesson will lead into Live Recording Practice which is where you’ll get your chance to try out the theories you’ve learnt.

  • Live Recording Practice

    The Live Recording Practice lesson will be where you get to put your theoretical knowledge to the test. This lesson will give you experience of the recording process.

  • Production Techniques

    This lesson builds on the recording knowledge that you developed in Year 1 and pushes the subject even further, enhancing your mixing and production skills and taking a very practical, hands-on approach to music production.

  • Tour Management

    Tour Management lessons are where you’ll further the event management skills learnt in Year 1 and push them forward to understand the logistics and organisation needed to manage an entire tour.

  • Research and Investigation

    This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation into an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so you’ll develop your academic study skills which will help you prepare for degree level study or research.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    In this year’s classes you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

  • Extended Studies

    Much like in Year 1, Extended Studies continues to give the opportunity to expand on content covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the music industry.

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

After this course:


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Event Management or BA (Hons) in Music Production.

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All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an interview call 08442 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual interview.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Length of course:
2 years
Awarding institution:
Teaching institution:
BIMM Brighton
Language of study:
Final award and exit awards:
Level 3 RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.
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