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Diploma in Music Production at BIMM

Course description

If you’re an aspiring music producer looking for some expert ‘hands-on’ training, then the Diploma in Music Production can help turn your passion for music into a career.

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

Music Production Techniques – 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 – 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.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE‘s at grade C or above (to include 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.

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. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form.

Financial information

This course is free to UK and EU students under 18.

Future opportunities

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.

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: 12 February 2015
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    • In 2010, ‘Tech Music School London’ was acquired by the BIMM Group, who already had modern music institutes in Brighton (2001) and Bristol (2008), and went on to open further centres in Dublin (2011) and Manchester (2013). In 2014, ‘Tech Music School London’ was officially renamed ‘BIMM London’.

      More than just the capital of the country, London is the capital of the music world. With facilities befitting of the city’s status, BIMM London is the ultimate place to prepare for the rigours of the music industry.

      The College, which opened in Fulham in 2013 following a £3m investment, spans five storeys and 19,000ft2. It’s an incredible building and a stunning place to go to work each day – but just like the best artists in music, the College boasts style and substance in equal measure.

      There’s an incredible 25 teaching rooms here, all kitted-out with equipment from the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers. Guitars from Gibson, Fender and Ernie Ball, drums and keyboards by Yamaha, amps from Marshall, Hartke and Peavey and mics from Shure and Sontronics.

      There’s a Mac suite too, complete with industry software favourite Pro Tools, plus mixing rooms and post-production suites, for students pursuing a more technical route into the music profession.

      Indeed, whichever side of the studio you see your future on – whether you’re a performer or a producer – we’ve got everything here to get your musical ambitions off the ground.

      Connections can be are a big part of that too. So alongside all the first-class facilities and industry equipment, it could also help that Universal Publishing (the world’s leading music publisher and home to artists such as Adele and Coldplay), is right on our doorstep…

      Facilities include:

      Five specially equipped acoustic drum booths

      Three drum studios

      Five Apple-equipped Digital Audio Workstation suites

      Two keyboard labs

      Three vocal studios

      Three guitar/bass studios

      Three large live performance rooms

      Two recording studios with large, acoustically designed live room

      Two post-production suites

      One digital mixing suite

      Learning resource centre