Diploma in Music Production

Overview

This one-year vocational course is suitable for anyone wishing to become involved in a creative music production environment where you will develop skills and knowledge in areas including recording, mixing, sequencing, synthesis, and composing for moving image.

The course will help you develop your musical production style, improve your technique, get yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, and steadily build your confidence towards that of a professional producer, engineer or music technologist. All in all, it’s a brilliant introduction to the world of music production and the modern music industry that surrounds it.

At BIMM London, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a creative environment where you’ll develop strong connections with fellow aspiring musicians, and will be guided by your tutors and prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards your future career or study goals.

Successful completion of the course will gain you an RSL Level 3 Diploma qualification, and the diploma is a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of a BA (Hons) Music Production degree at BIMM.

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

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UK & EU STUDENTS £6,950 per year

NON EU STUDENTS £12,450 per year

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Year 1

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

  • Music Industry

    This lesson gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their careers. They’ll be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music and business plans.

  • Musicianship

    Students will develop their aural and theory skills in this lesson by learning to explore and identify musical components such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, instrumental timbre and structures. This will enable them to acquire the critical listening skills required in the production environment and will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.

  • Sound and Culture

    This lesson not only gives students the skills to critically listen to music, but also understand the personal, social and cultural conditioning that can inform our musical tastes. The lesson will give you chance to analyse the factors behind changes in personal responses to music over time identifying the key events that are likely to have influenced these changes.

  • Sequencing and Production

    The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is essential in the production of contemporary music. It has enabled a producer to create and record music through a piece of software and is used in numerous applications from recording in a studio, writing an electronic track or producing for the moving image. This lesson provides students with the skills to be able to use the key concepts within a DAW such as MIDI programming, editing audio and MIDI, virtual instruments and automation and apply them to their own practice.

  • Synthesis

    This lesson will look at the fundamental concepts behind a range of digital and analogue synthesis types such as subtractive, additive, wavetable, FM and more. Students will explore sound design skills, study signal flow, understand and apply basic FM theory and explore oscillators, filters and modifiers. With this foundation students can develop their skills in sound creation and manipulation and apply them to a range of applications.

  • Music and Sound for Moving Picture

    This lesson explores the skills and techniques required to write, record and edit music and sound to a range of moving picture applications including adverts, TV documentaries and film.

  • Studio Recording Techniques

    This lesson provides students with a practical understanding of the fundamentals of sound recording and production centered on the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Alongside the Studio Recording Project, they’ll work towards producing a recording of an artist or band and will have the opportunity to apply project management, team working and marketing skills to the project.

  • Studio Recording Project

    This lesson allows students to plan, manage and deliver a contemporary music production portfolio. They’ll study aspects such as management skills, team roles, budgeting, digital audio editing and mastering techniques. Study of this supports the Studio Recording Techniques lesson.

  • Mixing

    The ability to carry out a mix has become increasingly important to the modern producer. Whether sending demos to collaborators, sending a final production to be mastered or delivering the audio for a moving image project, the ability to produce a professional sounding product has never been more important. In this unit, students will study mixing theory, the basics physics of sound, effects, EQ and dynamic processing in a DAW in order to create mixes for a range of genres. Students will learn how to plan and prepare a mix and utilise and understand automation, monitoring and metering in order to apply these techniques to their own work.

  • Extended Studies

    This unit is a chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to assessments, auditions and Masterclasses.

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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.

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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 London.

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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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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:
1 year
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM London
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.

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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 London 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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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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