Diploma in Music Production and Live Sound Events

Overview

This vocational diploma pathway is available in both two-year and one-year course options.  The two-year option is equivalent to three A Levels, whilst our one-year ‘fast track’ diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.  These courses are designed to develop your skills in Music Production, Live Sound, Music Business & Events.  You’ll learn to record and produce music in the studio and on stage, as well as organising and promoting your own events, giving you a wider understanding of the music industry and of how to get music out to an audience.

You will develop essential studio and live sound skills, including DAW music production, studio production and live sound.  In addition to this you will hone skills in backline technician support, tour and event management.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, to begin connecting to the music industry.  As a BIMM student, many exciting networking opportunities will come your way, from gig opportunities to masterclasses with globally successful industry professionals – your career in music starts here!

Throughout the course you will be supported and guided toward your future career and study goals by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals, providing you with a holistic view of the music industry and the way it operates.

Studying on the diploma is a great way to take your first steps into the music industry.  A course like this can either kickstart your career or provide a valuable foundation for study at a higher level by progressing onto one of the BIMM degree courses, such as the BA (hons) Music Production, the BA (hons) Music Business or the BA (hons) Event Management.

UK and EU students aged 16-18 are eligible to have their course fees paid by the Government, subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding.

So, what are you waiting for?  To make your way as a music professional, connect with us and we will 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 Subsidiary Diploma/Fast Track Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • STUDIO RECORDING SKILLS

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

  • MUSIC PRODUCTION

    A music producer holistically directs the creative music process right from the initial idea. From recording and processing through to mixing and mastering the final product you will study the art of being a music producer.

  • LIVE SOUND PRODUCTION

    From front of house and monitor engineering to mic selection and placement, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice using a full range of professional equipment.

  • LIVE SOUND THEORY

    You’ll develop the skills needed to analyse and understand live sound and will underpin the practical skills you will develop in Live Sound Production.

  • LIVE EVENT MANAGEMENT

    Live events are one of the most diverse and exciting aspects of the music industry. You will learn how to plan and run your own shows. You will develop skills in organising, budgeting, promoting and managing events.

  • BACKLINE TECH

    Backline equipment such as guitar & bass amps, drum kits and other instrumentation are vital to the success of a live event. Here you will learn about problem solving, basic maintenance and the set-up of this equipment.

  • EXTENDED STUDIES

    Here you will have the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It is also a great chance to meet guest speakers, prepare for UCAS applications and create your CV. Your personal social development will also be supported to ensure you are prepared for a future in the music industry.

  • STUDIO RECORDING PRACTICE (fast track module)

    Here you will apply theories to practice, exploring the recording studio and building on the recording and mixing skills you began to develop in year one.

  • SEQUENCING AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (fast track module)

    You will focus on the skills of creating and manipulating electronic music, using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) to record sound, create beats and make new sounds using sampling and synthesis.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • STUDIO RECORDING THEORY

    You will focus on the theories and techniques behind studio recording. This lesson will feed into Studio recording Practice, where you will apply the theories you have learned.

  • STUDIO RECORDING PRACTICE

    Here you will apply theories to practice, exploring the recording studio and building on the recording and mixing skills you began to develop in year one.

  • LIVE SOUND

    Here you will build on the live sound skills you began to develop in year one, honing your skills and looking at more advanced ideas and techniques.

  • SEQUENCING AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

    You will focus on the skills of creating and manipulating electronic music, using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) to record sound, create beats and make new sounds using sampling and synthesis.

  • TOUR MANAGEMENT

    You will further develop your skills in event management, pushing them forward to understand the logistics and organisation needed to manage a tour.

  • RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION

    Here you will be able to research and investigate a specific area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so you will develop your academic study skills, helping you to prepare for degree level study.

  • EXTENDED STUDIES

    This is an extension and development of the extended study sessions from year one, giving you further access to tutorial advice and progress monitoring to fully support you in successfully achieving your course.

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Minimum requirements

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

After this course:

Progression

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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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an interview call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual interview.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
1 and 2 year options
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM Manchester
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Two-year course: RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners One-year course: RSL Diploma for Music Practitioners
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.
Location:
BIMM Manchester

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