Songwriting is the backbone of the music industry. In the Songwriting course you spend time in the studio with professional songwriters who have worked with artists such as Jamelia, Bob Marley, Warren G, Sugababes, All Saints and more. You'll learn how contemporary songs are put together and what makes them successful. If you want to write songs and make a living from your music, then it's essential that you have an understanding of music theory, composition, lyric-writing and arrangement techniques. We also look at the music industry and explore copyright, publishing and promotion. Practical exercises form an integral part of this course and students are expected to be able to play an instrument or have some experience in music production software such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live.
1 daytime class (11am - 6pm) or 2 evening classes (6.30 - 9.30pm)
Students on Short Courses have one lecture day each week. Lecture days for these courses take place either one daytime class (11am-6pm) or two evening classes (6:30pm-9:30pm) per week. Your classes will be scheduled before the start of each term. Please note, Audio Mastering and Advanced Radio Production are available as evening classes only. Call for details and to arrange times convenient time for you. In addition to classes, students are expected to schedule sufficient studio practical work each week. The studio facilities are open to you seven days a week gaining you valuable studio time and reinforcing the skills learned in class.
Yes, we offer instalment plans for all our courses. To view the payment options available, click on the "Enrol Now" link above and navigate to step 2. There you can see the full payment options and payment dates for your chosen course and start date.
We host studio tours in the Orsman Road Studio Complex every Wednesday at 5:30pm and every Saturday at 12:30pm. Address: 26 Orsman Road, Hoxton, London, N1 5QJ. Please Contact Us to make an appointment. The Admissions Team will show you around the facilities, answer questions and help get you enrolled. We will be happy to arrange an alternative time if you are not available during our scheduled tours. In the meantime, watch the London School Video Tour now.
There are four terms per year: January, April, July and September and you can start your course at any of these entry points. However, our courses have limited availability and get booked well in advance, so we recommend enrolling as soon as you are ready to secure your place to avoid disappointment.
There is a wide choice of student residences near to Point Blank. Please visit our Student Accommodation page for more info.
Students from the UK, European Union or European Economic Area can apply by following the guidance in the previous FAQ.
For courses of 6 months or more: you will most likely need to apply for a Tier 4 Visa. Point Blank has been awarded Tier 4 Sponsor Status and is able to sponsor international students on a Tier 4 Visa as long as applicants satisfy our application criteria. Please refer our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process. NB: International Students (outside the EU) course fees are subject to a £1000 surcharge.
For courses of 6 months or less: you will not require a Tier 4 Visa but may need to apply for a Student Visitor's Visa. Please refer to our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process.
No. We supply all the equipment you will need for your class and for practice time.
Music Production students please note: before you decide to buy equipment for your home studio, remember that all students on the Point Blank Music Production BA (Hons) degree or Diploma courses receive a FREE Point Blank studio setup including KRK monitors, keyboard, soundcard and software. If you are not taking a BA (Hons) degree or Diploma class we will be happy to arrange student discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer and other leading industry partners.
Classes may be available in the evenings and at weekends and we will be happy to see if we can arrange a timetable to fit around your work commitments. Please check with a Course Advisor to see what classes are available.
If you have further questions, don't be shy, please contact a Course Advisor who will be happy to help.
Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.
After graduating, Felix went to #1 in 11 countries with 'Cheerleader'. He says: "PB enabled me to network with other young artists & learn from each other. I’m still working with some of them!"
Debut single 'And Every' was signed by Greenmoney & went to 1 in the Juno charts. Says: “I attended Point Blank with Madam X who has supported my music & played it on her 1Xtra shows from the start.”
Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."
Linton aka Stepz composes/produces for Dido, Warren G, All Saints, Jamelia and Imogen Heap to name a few. He’s been active in the music industry after 3 decades and was signed to Motown in the US.
Royal College of Music Masters grad Emily has credits at BBC, Halifax & John Lewis. She assists composer Stephen Baysted on films & video games including 'The Walking Dead: Assault’ & Shift 2: Unleashed.
Played keys for K-Creative, Galliano, Raw Stylus. Remixer/producer/writer for Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne, Two Banks Of Four, The Bays. Albums on Sony, BBE & Primaudial Records.
Ivor Novello & Grammy-winning musician/songwriter. Worked with Steve Winwood, Jamelia, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and more. Co-wrote 'Buffalo Stance' with Neneh Cherry. Watch his video below.