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Diploma in Music Production - London at BIMM

Course description

This one-year practical and vocational course is suitable for anyone wishing to become involved in a range of commercial music applications, including songwriting, recording and composing for film and television, and is all about learning to utilise the production environment in a creative way.

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 musician. 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 a nationally recognised Pearson Edexcel BTEC National Diploma Level 3 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.

Course content

  • This module provides students with a practical understanding of the fundamentals of sound recording and production centered on the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). They’ll work towards producing a recording of an artist or band using students from the Diploma in Popular Music Performance course and will have the opportunity to apply project management, team working and marketing skills to the project.
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques

    This module is an introduction to MIDI systems, sequencing and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) using industry-standard software.

  • Sound Creation and Manipulation

    This unit is an introduction to sound creation and manipulation using industry-standard synthesis and sampling software packages.

  • Music Technology in Performance

    In this module, students will explore the use of music technology in live performance and will apply these techniques in their music production and studio work.

  • Songwriting

    This unit takes students through the creative process of lyric, melody and chord writing to produce a portfolio of original material.

  • Music and Sound for Moving Picture

    This module 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.

  • The Music Industry

    This unit 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, etc.

  • Music Production Project

    This module 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 Music Production Techniques module.

  • Music in Context

    Learn the history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Nirvana and Radiohead. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in practice.

  • Listening Skills

    Students will develop their aural skills in this module 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.

  • Software Notation

    Increasingly musicians, arrangers, producers and artists are turning to digital software-based notation packages for transcribing and arranging duties. This class will explore the use of software notation packages in the contemporary industry and provide students with a solid foundation of skills, allowing them to apply their musical creativity with industry-standard software notation tools.

  • Music Theory and Harmony

    This module explores how harmony and theory is applied in commercial music in a practical and relevant way. Students will look at building blocks of music theory and also how these are applied and expanded in a variety of musical contexts and styles.

  • Extended Studies

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Assessment

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.

Financial information

UK & EU STUDENTS £5,950 per year

NON EU STUDENTS £11,450 per year

Further information

Pearson BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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    • BIMM London is part of the BIMM Group – Europe’s largest and leading contemporary music college. We offer a full range Further Education music courses, in a number of different disciplines, such as Music Performance, Songwriting and Music Production.

      Our students love BIMM London because it operates right at the centre of the global music scene, giving them direct access to the most happening music venues, the coolest record labels, the most groundbreaking festivals, and the most iconic music brands in the world.

      The BIMM London campus is in Effie Road, Fulham, South West London, housed in a five-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, mac labs, post-production suites, rehearsal studios, lecture rooms, mixing rooms, performance spaces and teaching rooms. Our high-tech equipment and software is provided by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse us.

      Our BIMM London tutors are all very active in the London music scene, and between them have headlined festivals, contributed to Hollywood movie soundtracks, been coaches on TV talent shows, and performed in front of global dignitaries. Put simply, they’re really well connected and eager to pass their knowledge, experience and guidance onto you.